Mark your calendar for New Student Orientation
Thursday–Sunday, August 24–27, 2017

Welcome to Northwest University!

We are excited for your arrival at Northwest University. Whether you are a commuter student or residential student, our four days of Orientation are all about welcoming you and preparing you to succeed!

Checking In: What to Expect When You Arrive

We’ve made it easy! Simply check in for Orientation on Thursday, August 24, according to the schedule below, and we’ll guide you the rest of the way!

Residential Student Check-In, Health & Sciences Center Lobby

  • 9:00am Check-in for last names beginning J-P
  • 10:00am Check-in for last names beginning Q-Z
  • 11:00am Check-in for last names beginning A-I

Commuter Student Check-In, Health & Sciences Center Lobby

  • 1:30pm–2:30pm

Late Arrivals

  • Check in at the Admissions Office in the Barton Building.
Arrive on Campus
All students begin with checking in at the Health and Sciences Center (HSC). You will be greeted by welcoming Orientation Leaders who will guide your way to parking for the check-in process.
After parking and arriving at the HSC, you will check in during your assigned time. Walk through the building and follow the signs to each station. This convenient process will provide you with: Orientation Information, Nametag, Orientation Group Number, Mailbox Key, Student ID, Eagle T-shirt, Parking Registration, and Account Clearance.
Residential Student Move-In and Commuter Student Gatherings
Residential Students: Before unloading your vehicle, please proceed to your designated living area to finalize housing paperwork and receive your room code.
  1. Guy, Perks, & Crowder Residence Halls—Perks Lounge
  2. Gray & Beatty Residence Halls—Gray-Beatty Lounge
  3. Student Apartments—Student Apartments
Commuter Students: Check the schedule for specific times and locations for commuter students to meet one another.
Unload and Move Vehicle
After you receive your room door code (Step 3), you’re ready to move in! To facilitate smooth vehicle traffic flow, as soon as your vehicle is empty, please immediately re-park away from the loading zones.
Settle In and Enjoy Orientation
Get ready for an exciting Orientation Week and a great academic year!

Making the Big Move: Tips for Incoming Freshman

Move-in day: It’s almost here. You’re about to experience a big change in life. This transition is an exciting one filled with opportunity, but it doesn’t come without a little apprehension. Here are some tips for how to make the most of move-in day and orientation.

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Orientation: The Story of NU

Thursday: The Welcoming Community

Embracing the NU Mission

The first day of Orientation will help you get your bearings. Check in! Move In! Join in! You will find genuine hospitality at every turn. During one of our most meaningful traditions, the Community Welcome, we worship together and introduce the people who will guide your way from here. Bring the whole family to the NU Community Picnic, where you can enjoy good food and fellowship while meeting other students, peer leaders, faculty, and staff.

Students moving into NU

Friday: The Community of Academic Excellence

Learning at NU

The second day of Orientation emphasizes NU’s purpose as a place of study, learning, and growth. Join with others for morning worship. Hear a message from our Provost about what it means to be a faith-informed community of learners. Our Friday activities focus on preparation for success in the academic environment—the very reason for which we are drawn together. In the early afternoon, it’s time to say farewell to loved ones and then enjoy a fun new NU surprise!

Academic Excellence

Saturday: The Community of Empowered Engagement

Plugging In at NU

Our third day together focuses on finding your place. Opportunities exist at every corner to explore new interests, learn how you can impact others, and discover NU students’ favorite spots in Kirkland. Whether you are looking for a place to lead, a ministry to join, an activity to pursue, or a job to hold, you will find many ways to begin hearing where God is calling you now and in the future. Then, in the evening, gather with your Orientation Group to explore the streets of downtown Kirkland while deciphering clues in NU’s well-loved Scavenger Challenge!

Students Talking

Sunday: The Community of Spiritual Vitality

Worshipping Together at NU

Before diving into studies, the last day of Orientation focuses on setting our hearts on Christ for the year ahead. Connect with new friends and check out one of the many churches in the greater Seattle area. Join new and returning students in one of the most beloved traditions of community worship in our outdoor candlelight service of worship and prayer to commit ourselves and the year ahead to the Lord.

Candle Prayer

We're Here to Help!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Student Development Office:

Email Us 425-889-5234