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Northwestern University Family Advisory Council (NUFAC)

The Northwestern University Family Advisory Council (NUFAC) fosters student success and enhances the campus community by actively engaging the parents and families of undergraduate students in providing feedback, support, and counsel throughout the academic year to the Offices of the Dean of Students and Family Engagement.


The goals of the Family Advisory Council are to:

About the Council

NUFAC brings together dedicated parent and family volunteers who serve as ambassadors for Northwestern University and provide feedback to the Office of the Dean of Students and the area of Family Engagement on issues of particular interest to parents and families.  NUFAC meets two times each year (Fall Quarter during Family Weekend & Spring Quarter) to discuss current topics affecting the University and its constituents, offer feedback regarding programming, and participate in broadening and deepening relationships in support of the University. While expected to attend all meetings, NUFAC members must attend at least one meeting in person per year.

NUFAC is comprised of approximately 25 parent and family members of current undergraduate students representing a diverse spectrum of students’ degree programs, academic/class standing and family backgrounds and experiences.  NUFAC is appointed by the Dean of Students and the Senior Program Coordinator of Family Engagement. Appointed members will remain part of NUFAC until their student’s graduation from Northwestern or until the NUFAC member and/or the Dean of Students Office deems it necessary for the member to step down. Vacancies will be filled as they become available.


Costs associated with meals and materials for the bi-annual meetings are included. Generally, individual travel and lodging are not reimbursed; however, support may be available based on need.

Join the Council

The NUFAC application for Parents and Families of the Class of 2027 and 2023 Transfer students is now open! It will close on Monday, July 31 at 11:59 am CST and new members will be selected and announced by Friday, August 18, 2023. Please note that representatives for the Classes of 2026, 2025 and 2024 were selected before the start of their student's first year so we will only be accepting applications for the class of 2027 and 2023 Transfer students. We look forward to reviewing your applications!