Northwestern students and their families worship during the opening ceremony.

Envision: New Student Orientation

Aug. 19-22, 2016

We’re eager to greet you as you arrive on campus for new student orientation Aug. 19-22. 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
  • Gain leadership and team-building skills
  • 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

Residence halls open at 12 noon on Friday, August 19. Go directly to your assigned hall to move in between noon and 4 p.m. Pick up a key at the check-in station in your residence hall. There will also be stations during check-in where you can turn in your completed government I-9 and W-4 forms available on your RED Checklist, along with the following IDs that you should have readily available at this time:

1. Your passport

OR

2. Your driver's license plus either your Social Security card or your birth certificate

After you get your key and turn in the forms, you can proceed to move in to your room. 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.

Commuter students should check in at the Ramaker Center.

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 19 Noon 1 p.m.

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

All new students and their families are invited to a complimentary evening picnic on the campus green Friday, August 19, followed by a dessert reception for parents. Please RSVP if you wish to attend.

Parents: Register now


Orientation Schedule

* Orientation events for which attendance is required

FIRST= First-year student
TRNF= Transfer students
PAR= Parents or family members

International student orientation schedule

Friday, Aug 19

12:00 PM

FIRST

TRNF

PAR

Move-in

Residence halls

Welcome to Northwestern! Once you arrive on campus, you may go directly to your assigned residence hall. If you're a commuter student or unsure of your housing assignment, check in at the Ramaker Center. You can pick up your mailbox key and your family can request mailing address information at the campus post office in the Rowenhorst Student Center (RSC). You may also pick up your ID card in the student life office on the second floor of the Ramaker Center. 

3:00 PM

FIRST

TRNF

PAR

Campus Resource Tour

Meet in front of the DeWitt Learning Commons

Learn where things are and how things operate prior to the start of the school year. This tour will highlight campus resources that are a key to student success.

4:45 PM

FIRST

TRNF

PAR

Opening Ceremony*

Christ Chapel

Gather with other members of the class of 2020, transfer students and parents as we welcome you into the community of Northwestern College. We're glad you're here!

5:30 PM

FIRST

TRNF

PAR

Picnic on the Green

Campus green in front of Christ Chapel

All new students and their families are invited to enjoy a complimentary picnic on our campus green. Don't forget to bring a blanket!

Rain location: RSC 4-court

7:00 PM

FIRST

TRNF

Residence Hall Meetings*

Residence halls

If you're a new student transitioning from home to dorm life, this is your opportunity to meet your resident director (RD), resident assistants (RA), and the people on your wing.

7:00 PM

PAR

Parent Program

Christ Chapel

Parents and family members are invited to attend this informational meeting to get answers to questions you may have about your student's Northwestern College experience.

7:45 PM

PAR

Parent Dessert Reception

Vogel Community Room, DeWitt Learning Commons

You are invited to enjoy a complimentary dessert reception while visiting with other parents and Northwestern administrators.

8:30 PM

FIRST

TRNF

Screen on the Green

Campus green in front of Christ Chapel

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket as we enjoy the movie Zootopia together on our campus green. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The movie will start at sunset (weather permitting).

10:30 PM

FIRST

TRNF

Community Time

Residence halls

Your RA has some fun activities planned for the evening, including a late-night visit to the Dutch Bakery in town.

Saturday, Aug 20

7:30 AM

FIRST

TRNF

PAR

Continental Breakfast

Vogel Community Room, DeWitt Learning Commons

A complimentary continental breakfast is available for all new students and their family members. Grab some food before heading over to the chapel for morning worship.

8:30 AM

FIRST

TRNF

PAR

Morning Worship and Devotions

Christ Chapel

Join us as we begin the day with worship and a devotional. Instructions for the day will also be given at this time. You'll be introduced to your Orientation small group afterward.

9:15 AM

FIRST

Practical Wisdom for College Success*

Van Peursem Hall

Northwestern prides itself on an academically rigorous curriculum. Join faculty, staff, alumni and O-staff as they give tips on how to succeed academically at NWC.

9:30 AM

TRNF

Transfer Group*

Campus green

Get introduced to other transfer students and O-staff leaders.

10:15 AM

TRNF

Language Placement Testing*

Van Peursem Hall

You are required to complete this placement test to determine how many—if any—language courses you will need to take.

10:30 AM

FIRST

Small Group Time

Campus green

Get introduced to the small group you will be working with during orientation.

11:00 AM

FIRST

Language Placement Testing*

Van Peursem Hall

You are required to complete this placement test to determine how many—if any—language courses you will need to take.

11:00 AM

FIRST

PAR

Lunch

DeWitt Center Cafeteria

Meals can be purchased for parents and family members. adults: $7.75; children 5-10: $3.88; 4 years and under: no charge.

11:00 AM

TRNF

Transfer Student Cookout

Meet in plaza in front of the DeWitt Learning Commons

Join Julie Elliott, Northwestern's vice president for student life, and her family for a picnic lunch at her home.

3:15 PM

FIRST

The Building Blocks Experience*

DeWitt Fitness Center indoor track

You'll learn and experience two principles critical to life as a college student (and your future career): self-awareness and problem solving. This experiential learning session is sponsored by the Franken Leadership Center.

5:15 PM

FIRST

TRNF

Picnic with President Christy

President Christy's home (701 Juneau Ave. SE)

We'll join President Greg Christy and his wife, Michelle, at their home for a picnic dinner. Please bring your ID card with you.

7:30 PM

FIRST

TRNF

Games on the Green

Campus green in front of Christ Chapel

Let off some steam by taking part in some fun on the campus green. We'll have Ultimate Frisbee and several other games to help you get to know each other.

10:00 PM

FIRST

TRNF

O-Prov

Allen Theatre, DeWitt Theatre Arts Center

Share in the fun and laughter with Northwestern's hilarious improv group, Black V.

Sunday, Aug 21

8:30 AM

FIRST

TRNF

Sunday Morning Worship

Local churches

You're invited to join our student leaders in attending a local church. Each residence hall will have an option available for attending a church service together. If you would like to attend a different service, a list of churches and service times will be made available to you.

11:30 AM

FIRST

TRNF

Sunday Brunch

DeWitt Center Cafeteria

1:45 PM

TRNF

Dessert at Faculty/Staff Homes*

Meet in front of the DeWitt Learning Commons

Meet with your small group and head over to a faculty or staff member's home to enjoy dessert together. This is a great way to get to know some of the people who work at Northwestern—and most likely won't be the last time an NWC professor, coach or other mentor invites you over.

1:45 PM

FIRST

Dessert with Your First-Year Seminar Professor*

Meet in front of the DeWitt Learning Commons

Meet with your small group and head over to your First-Year Seminar (FYS) professor's home to enjoy dessert together. This is a great way to get to know your FYS instructor—and most likely won't be the last time an NWC professor, coach or other mentor invites you over.

3:30 PM

FIRST

TRNF

Walmart Shuttle

Rowenhorst Student Center parking lot

We will offer a complimentary shuttle to Walmart in Sioux Center every half hour from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Return shuttles from Walmart back to campus are scheduled for 4:15, 4:45, 5:15 and 6 p.m.

5:00 PM

FIRST

TRNF

Dinner

DeWitt Center Cafeteria

7:30 PM

FIRST

TRNF

O-Show: Opening Night

England Theatre, DeWitt Theatre Arts Center

Get to know your college through this show about the thrills, chills and spills of life at Northwestern, starring the O-Staff.

9:00 PM

FIRST

TRNF

Praise & Worship Candlelight Service

Plaza by the DeWitt Learning Commons

Join us for the first Sunday Night Praise & Worship (P&W) of the school year. There will be a prayer dedication and a special candle-lighting ceremony.

10:00 PM

FIRST

TRNF

Capture the Flag

Campus green in front of Christ Chapel

Following P&W, join the O-Staff in a large game of Capture the Flag on campus.

Monday, Aug 22

7:00 AM

FIRST

TRNF

Breakfast

DeWitt Center Cafeteria

9:00 AM

FIRST

TRNF

The Academic Endeavor*

Christ Chapel

Academics can be the hardest part of college. This session will prepare you for a successful academic career at Northwestern.

9:45 AM

FIRST

TRNF

Department Meetings by Major*

To be announced

Meet other students and professors from your department and enjoy lively conversation.

10:45 AM

FIRST

Freshman Surveys*

Van Peursem Hall classrooms

We want to know the class of 2020. These surveys provide feedback on the valuable skills you bring to the college experience and some of the challenges you may face as a student.

12:00 PM

FIRST

TRNF

Lunch

DeWitt Center Cafeteria

1:00 PM

FIRST

TRNF

Individual Adviser Meetings Available

Adviser's office

Your faculty adviser provides guidance throughout your college years to help you maximize your learning at Northwestern. Individual meetings can be scheduled during this time to make any last-minute schedule adjustments.

2:00 PM

TRNF

Transfer Student Blue Bunny Run

Meet in plaza in front of the DeWitt Learning Commons

Visit the "Ice Cream Capital of the World" for some free ice cream! Meet at the plaza in front of the DeWitt Learning Commons to catch a ride to Le Mars.

4:00 PM

FIRST

TRNF

commUnity: Be Together. Not the Same.

Vogel Community Room, DeWitt Learning Commons

As the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12, you are now one of many distinct parts—in this case, parts that make up the student body here at Northwestern College. Join us as we begin to explore your value to this community, and this community's value to you. This active session will be fueled by you, your peers ... and ice cream!

5:00 PM

FIRST

TRNF

Dinner

DeWitt Center Cafeteria

7:00 PM

FIRST

TRNF

O-Show: Closing Night

England Theatre, DeWitt Theatre Arts Center

Enjoy the final presentation of the O-Show! (Performances at both 7 and 8 p.m. are open to new and returning students.)

8:00 PM

FIRST

TRNF

O-Show: Closing Night

England Theatre, DeWitt Theatre Arts Center

Enjoy the final presentation of the O-Show! (Performances at both 7 and 8 p.m. are open to new and returning students.)

Tuesday, Aug 23

11:00 AM

FIRST

TRNF

Opening Convocation*

Christ Chapel

O the first day of classes, join other new students, upperclassmen, faculty and staff for an opening convocation celebrating the start of a new school year.

* Orientation events for which attendance is required
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