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Purple Prep Email Archive

You will receive Purple Prep emails in your Northwestern inbox on the first and third Tuesday of each month from May through September, reminding you of the information you need to focus on that month and giving notice of any updates. If there are changes in Northwestern's entry process due to new health and safety concerns, these emails will tell you.

If you are not receiving Purple Prep emails, please use your Northwestern email account to contact Student Transition Experiences at If you have not activated your Northwestern email, go to the NetID and Email page for instructions.

2022 Purple Prep emails

April 2022
How to Prepare for Northwestern: An overview of Northwestern's orientation process

May 3, 2022
Launch and defining of Purple Prep, the first component of Northwestern's orientation process

May 17, 2022
Please review the email corresponding with your undergraduate school for an overview of placement exams and assessments, updates, and reminders:

June 7, 2022
Overview of the upcoming Before the Arch orientation component, updates, and reminders

June 21, 2022
Overview of updates and reminders

July 5, 2022
Overview of your Peer Adviser, Peer Adviser Group, updates, and reminders

July 19, 2022
Overview of work-study program information for eligible students, updates, and reminders

August 3, 2022 (New date)
Overview of True Northwestern Dialogue (TND) series, updates, and reminders

August 17, 2022 (New date)
Overview of the Wildcat Welcome programmatic schedule, updates, and reminders

September 6, 2022
Overview of Move-in Day, preparing for Wildcat Welcome, updates, and reminders

September 12-19, 2022
Expect to receive nightly Wildcat Welcome emails to prep you for each day of the in-person orientation program, starting the night before new student move-in day. 

*Dates and content of emails are subject to change.