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Family Communication

The area of Family Engagement is committed to keeping our family members informed about what is happening on campus. We have a variety of methods to ensure you receive useful information to help both you and your student. These are included below and delivered to Northwestern families via the parent and family email list.

If your student is a 2024 Transfer Student, please sign up for the 2024 Transfer Students email list (and not your student’s anticipated graduation date) to ensure you are receiving information for new transfer student parents and families. In December, we will then ask you to sign up for the year that corresponds with your students anticipated graduation date.

Parent & Family Email List

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Wildcat Family Recap

Read the Wildcat Family Recap which is sent every two weeks (September – June) to all undergraduate parents and family members who are subscribed to the NU Parent and Family Email List. This short and simple e-mail provides a compilation of key University information from the past two weeks that may be of interest to family members. New family members will begin to receive this e-mail in September.

Northwestern Parent and Family Guide

View our 2023-2024 Parent and Family Guide which provides important resources available to support all our Northwestern family members. The 2024-2025 Guide will be available online in September. 

For Families of New Students

The area of Family Engagement will host a series of webinars this spring and summer to help new Wildcat families with their transition to Northwestern. Family Engagement will also periodically host webinars for all undergraduate parents and families focusing on timely topics. All attendees must register for the webinars to receive the webinar link via email. Registration links will be available below. If you are unable to attend a webinar, no worries! All webinars will be recorded and posted on this page by the Monday following each webinar. 

2024 Webinars For Families of New Students
2024 Webinars for Families of New Students
Date Webinar Topic Time (all CDT)

Th 5/9

How to Prepare for Northwestern: A Webinar for the Class of 2028 + Families

Recording of May 9 Webinar

PDF of PowerPoint for May 9 Webinar

7:00-8:00 PM
Tue 6/18

How to Prepare for Northwestern: A Webinar for New Transfer + Families

Recording of June 18 Webinar

PDF of PowerPoint for June 18 Webinar

7:00-8:00 PM
Th 6/20 

Presentation on the College Transition Process & an Overview of Campus Resources

Recording of the June 20 Webinar

PDF of PowerPoint for June 20 Webinar

7:00-8:15 PM
Wed 7/17

“Wildcat Chat” with Northwestern Parents & Family Members

Click here to register for the July 17 Webinar

7:00-8:00 PM
Tue 8/13

Introduction to Campus Inclusion & Community

Click here to register for the August 13 Webinar

7:00-8:00 PM
Sun 8/25

Final Details: Move-In, Wildcat Welcome, Parent & Family Orientation

Click here to register for the August 25 Webinar

7:00-8:15 PM