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Parent & Family Orientation 2021

Northwestern’s Parent and Family Orientation Program strives to equip the family members of our newest Wildcats with the information they need to help support their student during their time at Northwestern. 

View or Download a PDF of the Parent & Family Orientation Guide

2021 Signature Event Recordings

President’s Address for New Wildcat Parents & Families
Dean of Student’s Welcome & Panel Presentation

A Note about Health and Safety

The safety of our students is our top priority. The dates and details above are subject to change as Northwestern follows local, state, and federal health directives and guidelines. Students will be notified of changes via Purple Prep emails throughout the summer.

COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgment

When entering events during Parent and Family Orientation, you agree to comply with local, state, and University guidelines for in-person events. All guests are required to mask indoors and to have been fully vaccinated or received a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours.

Northwestern is pleased to be able to offer COVID-19 rapid antigen testing for campus visitors. Visitors may include prospective students, Northwestern event attendees, and family or friends visiting campus.

Parent & Family Orientation FAQ's

Most families wonder when they should plan to leave campus, if they will see their student once student orientation begins, and other travel concerns. You can find the answers to these questions on our FAQ page.

Meet the Family Ambassadors

The Family Ambassadors are a group of 26 phenomenal students at Northwestern who have had a range of experiences and cannot wait to share them all with the family members for our newest Wildcats. Family Ambassadors assist with the execution of Parent and Family Orientation during Wildcat Welcome and will interact with family members throughout the program to ensure all questions are answered and needs are met. Learn more about the Family Ambassadors Program here!

Travel and Hotels

Whether it be by plane, train, or car, there are numerous ways to get to both Chicago and Evanston. We have a few resources that may be valuable as you look into traveling and staying in the Evanston/Chicago area. Visit the visitor's section of the Undergraduate Admissions page to view travel directions, which includes area maps, specific breakdowns of travel routes, and turn-by-turn directions.  View our Travel and Hotels page to view answers to more specific questions you may have.