We’re eager to greet you as you arrive on campus for new student orientation August 21-24. Our orientation staff (O-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
  • 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 21. 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, (SUX) and Sioux Falls, South Dakota (FSD). We provide a free airport shuttle service for new students from these airports during orientation weekend. Please plan your travel according to this schedule. These are the only times college transportation is available:

Date Sioux Falls, SD Sioux City, IA
Friday, August 21 Noon 1 p.m.

To schedule airport-to-campus transportation, contact Darla Hettinga by Monday, Aug. 10, at 712-707-7200 or by email.

Northwestern Family Picnic

All new students and their families are invited to a complimentary evening picnic on the campus green Friday, August 21, 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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