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Orientation

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

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. 18.

Midyear Orientation: Jan. 8, 2018

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

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

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“Being in a setting like Northwestern, where faith is incorporated into essentially every aspect of campus life, has really helped strengthen my faith. ”

Nnenna Nwaelugo Nnenna Nwaelugo ’19 Biology health professions major from Aboh-Mbaise, Nigeria

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“I visited Northwestern twice before making my decision to attend, and during my second visit, several people recognized and remembered me. Northwestern felt like a place I absolutely fit. Three years later, I still feel the same way.”

Julia VanDyk Julia VanDyk ’17 Theatre major from Ames, Iowa

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“My professors are very caring and want to get to know me outside of class. One of my favorite memories so far has been when I went with the rest of my Calculus 1 class to Professor Westenburg’s house for a Christmas dinner.”

Levi Letsche Levi Letsche ’17 Math major from Marcus, Iowa

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“The community at Northwestern has enabled me to take a good hard look at where I am on my own adventure, and the people I have met in Orange City and overseas have inspired me to empower others to be the best they can be. ”

Will Norris Will Norris ’17 Community Development major from Spirit Lake, Iowa

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