We make sure your first Northwestern experiences are welcoming, fun and productive because we know your first days at Northwestern set the tone for your entire four-year college experience. During orientation, you’ll be guided through all the business of getting your college career started, like confirming your course selections and becoming acquainted with the people and resources that will support your learning both in and out of the classroom. You’ll meet professors, residence life staff and other new students—some of whom will become lifelong friends.

Fall Orientation: Aug. 18-21, 2017

ENVISION, Northwestern's orientation for students entering college in the fall, will be held the weekend before fall semester classes begin. You can begin moving into your dorm room at noon on Friday, Aug. 19.

Midyear Orientation: Jan. 9, 2017

We also offer a midyear orientation for students entering Northwestern at the start of the spring semester.

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“Though the coursework in the sciences is often difficult, Northwestern has created an environment that fosters learning and enables students to be successful. ”

Matt Hillman ’18 Biology health professions major from Post Falls, Idaho

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“I love that I have professors ready to teach me and answer all of my harebrained questions, but who I can also call my mentors and friends.”

Steven Clark ’18 religion major from Belmond, Iowa

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“Northwestern has equipped me with all I need to excel, not only professionally, but socially and spiritually as well. ”

Shanell Nieuwendorp ’18 Political science and criminal justice major from Orange City, Iowa

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“Northwestern’s social work professors are always willing to listen to students, so when we’re in the classroom, we are encouraged to think and learn together.”

Chie Lee ’18 Social work major from Osaka, Japan

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Rebecca Quade ’18 Criminal justice major from Kingsley, Iowa

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