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Purple Prep

Your complete summer to-do guide

Welcome, class of 2023! Purple Prep is your go-to guide to all you need to know and do before you arrive at Northwestern.

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Over the summer, you’ll use Purple Prep to help you manage your tasks. The summer checklist gives you a quick overview of all tasks you must complete — and you can log into your personalized checklist for quick access to your specific tasks — while the rest of the site houses everything you need to know before arrive to campus.

Prepare for your first year

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Living on Campus

Get ready to start calling Northwestern home!  Prepare by learning about campus housing and dining, technology use, your student account, and more.

Campus Living Basics
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Incoming students complete academic requirements, including school-specific tasks, taking placement exams, and submitting transcripts and test scores.

Your Academic Requirements
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For Parents and Families

Families can also prepare over the summer!  Parents and families can download Prep Plus, a guide for families of new students.

Prep Plus Booklet