Raider Nation 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 Raider Nation 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 Raider Nation Orientation: Aug. 20-22, 2021

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 on Friday, Aug. 20.

Check out the orientation schedule

Spring Raider Nation Orientation: Jan. 9-10, 2022

Northwestern provides a midyear orientation for students entering NWC at the start of the spring semester.

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Erica Hulsing Erica Hulsing ’21 Sport management and accounting major from Grinnell, Iowa

Erica's story

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Dabby Anyadike Dabby Anyadike ’21 Business administration major from Los Angeles, California

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Reid Seelhammer Reid Seelhammer ’21 Business administration major from Chatfield, Minnesota

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Michaela Kleinwolterink Michaela Kleinwolterink ’21 Accounting major from Sheldon, Iowa

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Schuyler Sterk Schuyler Sterk ’21 English teaching major from Belle Plaine, Minnesota

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Noah Gritters Noah Gritters ’21 Biology–health professions, chemistry and mathematics major from Pella, Iowa

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Sammy Blum Sammy Blum ’21 Biology–health professions major from Rock Valley, Iowa

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Ali Almail Ali Almail ’21 Art and genetics, molecular and cellular biology major from Sanad, Bahrain

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Joel Van Peursem Joel Van Peursem ’21 Music and secondary education major from Vermillion, South Dakota

Joel's story

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Noah Karmann Noah Karmann ’21 Political science and history major from Columbus, Nebraska

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Kitrick Fynaardt Kitrick Fynaardt ’21 Math and computer science major from Alton, Iowa

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Libby Ven Huizen Libby Ven Huizen ’21 Worship arts major from Sheldon, Iowa

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Celina Corrales Celina Corrales ’23 Christian Education/Youth Ministry and Worship Arts major from Choluteca, Honduras

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Hannah Paauw Hannah Paauw ’21 Psychology and biology-health professions major from Brandon, South Dakota

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Jadeyn Veltkamp Jadeyn Veltkamp ’23 Public relations major from Orange City, Iowa

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