Important Dates For First-Year Students

Student moving into her room

Below are important dates for the Class of 2023, new transfer students, and family members. Stay up-to-date by connecting with Wildcat Welcome's various social media accounts.

Early Decision Students

In addition to the dates below, you'll begin hearing from the Office of New Student and Family Programs in February with a special edition of the March to the Arch email, an invite to the Class of 2023 Facebook group, and other ways to connect with current students and to learn about what 2018 will look like as an incoming student.

May 2019

This is the month you'll receive the details on what you need to do and know over the summer, so no need to worry about anything before May! A few items you'll be getting in May 2019:

  • Purple Prep- A physical book you'll receive the week of May 13 that outlines what you need to do and know over the summer (an important read, to say the least)
  • March to the Arch emails- This monthly email comes the first Tuesday of each month beginning May 3, 2019 (yeah, this one isn't a Tuesday); this email gives you more info and updates on items you need to be completing that month that you see listed out in Purple Prep
  • Online checklist- As a complement to Purple Prep, you'll gain access to a personalized checklist (from a mobile or desktop device) so that you can keep up with items you have accomplished and know what you still have to do 

May 7-June 11, 2019

Registration for POP (Pre-Orientation Programs) is open only during this time to incoming students. Learn more about each of the POP experiences (such as leadership, Chicago immersion, service, etc) that occur immediately preceding Wildcat Welcome in September, for students who wish to attend a program in addition to the weeklong Wildcat Welcome program.

TBA (Immediately preceding Wildcat Welcome)

International Student Orientation (ISO): With a focus on matters like immigration and medical insurance, as well as advice on acclimating to US academic culture and life in Evanston, ISO is the mandatory orientation program that Northwestern provides for incoming international students before Wildcat Welcome. Registration for ISO is required and available through August 1. Go to the International Office website to register, learn more about ISO’s content, and get instructions for obtaining an F-1 or J-1 student visa. Participants will move into their residence hall when it starts.

September 16, 2019

New Student Move-in Day: Move-in will begin at 8 a.m. for all new students, visit Residential Services for more information. Students are not able to move into their residence hall prior to this date (unless participating in International Student Orientation). Students will learn of their residence hall placement at the beginning of August and will, at that time, receive details on their move-in times.

September 16-17, 2019

Parent & Family Orientation: Programming begins around 5 p.m. CDT on Monday, September 16 and ends around 4 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, September 17; visit the Parent & Family Orientation page for more information. The full schedule for this program will not be released until July 2019.

September 16-23, 2019

Wildcat Welcome (new student orientation): No other arrangements or events should be scheduled during this required weeklong new student orientation as it is required for all incoming undergraduate students. New students will meet with their academic advisor during this time to plan their academic schedule and to register for fall quarter classes; no advising or registration occurs during the summer months.

September 24, 2019

Fall Quarter Classes Begin

November 8-10, 2019

Family Weekend: Information regarding Family Weekend including registration will be released in June 2019; visit the Family Weekend page for more information.

View the 2019-2020 University calendar to find dates for student breaks, holidays, and more.