We’re eager to greet you as you arrive on campus for new student orientation August 22-25. Our orientation staff are upperclassmen who love Northwestern’s unique community and can’t wait for you to experience it yourself as you ENVISION the intellectual, spiritual, emotional and social growth that will happen during your years at NWC. The O-Staff will help make your transition to college life easier through a four-day orientation that includes opportunities to:

  • Meet other new freshmen and transfers
  • Get to know the students in your residence hall
  • Learn about Northwestern’s programs, resources and services
  • Worship with other members of the NWC community
  • Serve the local community
  • Visit a faculty or staff member's house for dessert
  • Enjoy the popular O-Show (a Northwestern tradition) and other fun events

Check out the ENVISION schedule of events for new students, transfers and your parents and family.

Arrival information

Residence halls open at 12 noon on Friday, August 22. Go directly to your assigned hall. If you are a commuter or are unsure of your housing assignment, go to the Ramaker Center. Before moving in, pick up a key at the check-in station in your residence hall. Please plan to move in between noon and 4 p.m. This window of time will give you an opportunity to get settled before attending the Opening Ceremony in Christ Chapel at 4:45 p.m.

Travel information

If you are flying, the closest airports are in Sioux City, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The airport pick-up schedule is as follows:

Date Sioux Falls, SD Sioux City, IA
Thursday, August 21 8:40 p.m. 7 p.m.
Friday, August 22 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 23 1 p.m. 1 p.m.

Please plan your travel according to this schedule. These are the only times transportation is available. Students who arrive after the last pick-up time of the day will be on their own to find hotel accommodations for the evening.

To schedule airport-to-campus transportation, contact Darla Hettinga by August 9 at 712-707-7200 or by email. Airport rides for new students during orientation weekend are free. Future rides will be at the expense of the student. When booking flights, keep in mind that exams conclude on Friday, December 18, and classes resume Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Northwestern Family Picnic

All new students and their families are invited to a complimentary evening picnic on the campus green Friday, August 22, followed by a dessert reception for parents. Please RSVP if you wish to attend.

Parents: Register now

See you soon!

If you have questions, please call 712-707-7200. Use our RED Checklist website to ensure that all registration details are completed by the due dates, and check your Northwestern email regularly for the latest information. Enjoy the remainder of your summer as you get ready for Northwestern!

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