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COVID-19 & Campus Updates

View Purple Prep's Planning Calendar for an updated list of dates relevant to incoming students, as announced in various University-wide messages. Visit Northwestern's COVID-19 and Campus Updates site to review all University information. 

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Purple Prep

What to know and do after yes!

Welcome, Class of 2025! Purple Prep is your go-to source for all you need to know and do before you arrive at Northwestern.

Let's Get Started!

Become familiar with the three components of Purple Prep that will guide you as you prepare to come to campus in the fall. We're excited to welcome you to the community!

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For Deferred and Gap-Year Students

A special message and guidance for students who deferred their enrollment from a previous year and have not completed any courses at Northwestern.

Message for Deferred/Gap-Year Students
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For Parents and Families

Find information related to parent and family communication, orientation, Family Weekend, and other resources on the Family Engagement website. 

Family Engagement

Make Summer Connections

Use social media to learn more about your classmates, upcoming events, Wildcat Welcome, and more.

A Note about Health and Safety

The safety of our students is our top priority. All dates and programs included on the Purple Prep website are subject to change as Northwestern follows local, state, and federal health directives and guidelines. Students will be notified of changes via Purple Prep emails throughout the summer.

Learn more about the University’s plans and resources on the COVID-19 website.