Due to COVID-19 and potential state restrictions, Orientation Schedules and more details will be available mid-July.
Please keep checking back and email orientation@northwestu.edu if you have any questions.

Orientation Starts In

Orientation: August 27–30, 2020

We are excited for your arrival at Northwest University! Whether you are a first year freshmen or transfer student, our four days of Orientation are all about welcoming you and preparing you to succeed. All incoming students (freshman and transfer) are required to attend Orientation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hello New Eagles,

We are so excited to welcome you home! Can you believe you are going to be an NU student? We can and we are so thankful the Lord has allowed you to choose Northwest University for your college journey. 

Whether you are a first time freshmen or a transfer student, you plan to live at home or will be living on campus, this Orientation weekend is for YOU! These four days are created to help in your transition to Northwest—we know that everyone is coming with different backgrounds, experiences, expectations and life stages and we want to help create as smooth of a transition for you that we can. The goal of this program is to introduce you to key faculty and staff, provide you with important university resources, and give you ample opportunity and time to mingle with new and returning students. Our hope is that this will simply be the beginning of your journey to finding where you belong at Northwest U. 

We have been preparing for this weekend for months and are ready to have you here soon! If you have any questions prior to your arrival, please don’t hesitate to reach out by calling 425-889-5319

We looked forward to August 27, 2020! Again, welcome home!

Larissa Lilly, Director of Community Life

Families and Guests are Welcome

On Thursday, August 27th through Friday, August 28th at 1:00 p.m. we encourage families and guests to hang out with us.

Guest Orientation Registration opening soon.

Hear from Students

Why are you glad you were a part of Orientation? 

I’m glad I was a part of orientation because it allowed me to be myself and meet incredible new people who are now close friends. It also helped me see what an awesome community NU really is. One piece of advice I would give incoming freshman is BE YOURSELF. Don’t imitate someone else because they might be getting more attention than you. You are good enough and we want to meet the real you! Try things that stretch you and don’t be afraid to talk to people, they are just as nervous as you might be. 

–Danny Lopez, Sophomore (First Time Freshman 2018)

What was your favorite part of Orientation? 

My favorite part of orientation was definitely the scavenger hunt downtown Kirkland and just getting to know some new friends! I met so many students during orientation weekend who ended up becoming some of my closest friends as the year went on! I'm so glad I got to be a part of orientation weekend because without it, I would have had a harder time forming relationships and getting around the first couple weeks of school.

–Corrine Booth, Sophomore (First Time Freshman 2018)

What advice do you have for incoming transfer students? 

My biggest advice would be to come into orientation with an open mind, and a desire to simply say “yes.” I didn’t come in with high expectations, especially after being disappointed at my previous school. However, NU blew me away with not only its organization and professionalism, but it’s commitment to meaningful interactions and fun memories. Don’t be afraid to meet someone new, or try something you might not normally!

–Tayler Johnston, Senior (Transfer Student 2017)

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