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. 21-24, 2020
Northwestern is making plans to welcome new students on campus on Aug. 21. We have delayed releasing the orientation schedule as we await guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health on social gatherings and work through our safety plan. Safety is our highest priority. Even if the schedule changes a bit, we have a group of student orientation staff leaders who will ensure you are welcomed into this community. You will still build friendships, experience community and learn what it means to be a Raider!
Midyear Orientation: Jan. 4, 2021
We also offer a midyear orientation for students entering Northwestern at the start of the spring semester.