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Parent & Family Orientation 2021: Dean of Students

Parent and Family Guidance 2021

The Parent and Family Guidance Program at Northwestern University strives to provide family members of our newest wild cat with the information they need to help support their students during their time at Northwestern.

View or download a PDF of the Parent and Family Guidance Guide

2021 signing event recordings

Principal address for new parents and families Wildcat

Dean of the College Welcome and Presentation

  • Rally Through the Arch – Registration Coming Soon!
  • The Academic Dean welcomes:

A note about health and safety

The safety of our students is our top priority. The dates and details listed above are subject to change as Northwestern follows local, state, and federal health guidelines and guidelines. Students will be notified of changes via Purple Prep emails throughout the summer.

COVID-19 safety declaration

When entering events during parental and family guidance, you agree to comply with local, state, and university guidelines for in-person events. All guests must wear masks indoors and fully vaccinate or receive a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours.

Northwestern is pleased to be able to offer a rapid COVID-19 antigen test to campus visitors. Visitors may include prospective students, Northwestern event attendees, and family or friends visiting campus.

Frequently asked questions about parent and family guidance

Most families wonder when they should plan to leave campus, whether they will see their students once student orientation begins, and other travel concerns. You can find answers to these questions on our FAQ page.

Get to know the family ambassadors

Family Ambassadors are a group of 26 distinguished students in Northwestern who have a range of experiences and can’t wait to share them all with family members for our latest Wildcats. Family Ambassadors assist in implementing parent and family guidance during the Wildcat Welcome and will interact with family members throughout the program to ensure all questions are answered and needs are met. Learn more about the Family Ambassadors Program here!

Travel and Hotels

Whether it’s by plane, train, or car, there are many ways to get to both Chicago and Evanston. We have some resources that may be of value when you consider travel and accommodations in the Evanston/Chicago area. Visit the Visitor section of the Undergraduate Admissions page to view travel directions, which includes area maps, specific travel route details, and step-by-step directions. View our Travel & Hotels page to view answers to more specific questions you may have.


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