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Family Communication

The area of Family Engagement within the Dean of Students Office is passionate about 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 e-mail list. 

Parent & Family Email List

What is the parent and family email list, you ask?

It is how Northwestern communicates with the parent and family members of Northwestern’s undergraduate students. Subscribe to the list to receive emails updating you about the campus community and various events that are pertinent to you – and your students. The Wildcat Family Recap e-mail will be delivered twice a month via the listserv and other messages will be sent as needed. The area of Family Engagement does not mail invitations so this is where subscribers will receive emails about Parent and Family Orientation and Family Weekend.

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Northwestern Parent and Family Guide

Our Parent and Family Guide provides important resources available to support our Northwestern family members. A new family guide for 2022-2023 will be posted in early September. The 2021-2022 Parent and Family Guide is available below.

For Families of New Students

Parent and Family Orientation Webinar Series

The area of Family Engagement will host a series of webinars this spring and summer to help Wildcat families with their transition to Northwestern. All attendees must register for the event to receive the webinar link via email. If you are unable to attend a webinar, no worries! All webinars will be recorded and posted on this page the Monday following each webinar. 

Thursday, May 12 (7:00 pm – 8:15 pm CDT)

New Student & Family Webinar: Preparing for Northwestern, An Overview

This webinar is for both students and their family members. Attendees are encouraged to submit their questions in advance on the registration form.

Watch a recording of the May 12 webinar

May 12 webinar PDF slides

Tuesday, June 7 (7:00 pm – 8:15 pm CDT)

(Please note that this is the only Tuesday webinar)

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

Registration Link TBA

Thursday, July 14 (7:00 pm – 8:15 pm CDT)

“Wildcat Chat” with Northwestern Parents & Family Members

Registration Link TBA

Thursday, August 4 (7:00 pm – 8:15 pm CDT)

Special Webinar: The Black Student Experience at Northwestern

Registration Link TBA

Thursday, August 25 (7:00 pm – 8:15 pm CDT)

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

Registration Link TBA