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2016 Orientation Highlights

2016 Orientation Highlights

This year, we introduced a new orientation activity called the NU Mystery Experience, where we gathered all new incoming students on school buses and took them to a fun Seattle-area location! We also had the annual scavenger hunt around Kirkland that is put on by the Residence Life team, followed by our Fred Meyer shopping night, where students were able to take advantage of discounted prices on dorm room gear and other supplies.

Finally, we added a new tradition on the last day of orientation called Ignite. We invited returning students to join our new students as we ignited a fire in our minds for learning and in our hearts for Christ. The evening consisted of a time of worship and a candlelight prayer service, plus a dessert for all to gather and connect before we entered the new school year.

Orientation Facts and Figures:

  • We welcomed approximately 340 new students on Move-In Day.
  • The incoming class is two-thirds freshman (including Running Start) and one-third transfer.
  • NU’s newest students come from 19 different states. Additionally, our International Student Services office and CELE program are welcoming students from all over the globe. 
  • Four days of orientation activities were planned with the specific purpose of helping students acclimate and transition to NU.
  • Each new student was part of an orientation group that was led by an orientation leader who is a current student.
  • Approximately 100 student leaders—including orientation leaders, resident assistants, student government officers (NUSG), campus ministries leaders, and Act Six scholars—returned to campus early to prepare for the new students.