Experience Fall Preview Days at Northwestern

By Melissa Brookman, Oct 19, 2018
Fall Preview Days

High school students and their parents around the country are invited to University of Northwestern - St. Paul to enjoy the fall colors and learn more about the most beautiful Christian campus in the Midwest.

Northwestern will be hosting its annual event Fall Preview Days. This event gives students the chance to experience college life before making the big commitment to enroll at the school. Here students can become more familiar with the beautiful lakeside campus, chapel, classes, dorms, and the Christ-centered community.

When prospective students visit the school for the first time, they learn as much about themselves as they do the Northwestern campus. This is a supportive environment where students can interact with other Christian college students, worship alongside them, and meet professors to see if the community is right for them. Northwestern also features integrated residence halls where freshmen through seniors are housed together to learn from each other. 

Students will discover what activities they are interested in, along with what is most important to them for the next four years. This event will be an eye-opener to see how a normal day at Northwestern can shape a person’s faith while also leading to the next opportunities in life. In fact, 94% of Northwestern alumni were either employed full time or attending a graduate school within six months of earning their bachelor degree.

There are many reasons students and their families should consider coming to Fall Preview Days. During this time, parents will learn how they can afford their child’s education because 100% of Northwestern students receive financial aid. Parents will learn about scholarship opportunities, grants, loans, and other discounts. 

Students can also make friends prior to enrollment and ask questions with their future professors. Northwestern also offers breakout sessions during the event so students can customize their schedule to fit their needs. Students who are interested in taking college classes while they are still in high school can learn about PSEO and dual enrollment. 

Northwestern Admissions Ambassador Kayla Floyd has worked the Fall Preview Days event for the last few years. For the breakout sessions, she recommends all prospective students sign up for the classes they would want to take if they were enrolled at Northwestern.

“It is a great opportunity for you to make friends before starting school. If you want to be a biology major then you can meet other biology students at the breakout session and ask current students what they like about the program during the biology class,” said Floyd.

The event will take place November 2, 9, and 16, from 8:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Students only need to register for one of the preview days as this is not a multiple-day commitment. During the event, students will be greeted with refreshments during the morning registration and then enjoy a welcome session with President Dr. Alan Cureton and another faculty speaker.

After that, students will attend the morning breakout session followed by worship in Northwestern’s beautiful chapel. Lunch will be offered in the Billy Graham Community Life Commons and students can browse the Extracurricular Fair and ask questions.

After the fair, there is another afternoon breakout session which can be tailored to fit the student. Finally, students can either checkout or they can attend optional tours around the campus to become more familiar with the facilities that Northwestern offers. However, students must register in advance for the tours to ensure there are enough tour guides to accommodate everyone.

Students interested in nursing or other health sciences can tour the Nursing Learning Center. They can see the classrooms and talk with professors who are also expert practitioners in their field. Northestern’s nursing program was ranked the top nursing program in Minnesota by www.registerednursing.org. The nursing program also has a 97% first time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN® exam which is required for licensure.

Students who are interested in a career in communications, can tour the Mel Johnson Media Center which houses Christian Faith Radio 98.5 KTIS. Students majoring in Public Relations, Professional Writing, Communication Studies, or Media Production will take most of their classes at the Mel Johnson Media Center. The tour includes visiting the radio broadcast rooms, visiting faculty offices, checking out the classrooms, and discovering the Eagle7 News TV broadcast station.

For students with a creative flair, the Department of Art and Design will also host a tour of their facilities on campus. Check out the drawing room, design lab, ceramics room, and the painting studio alongside other prospective art majors. Northwestern also features the Denler Art Gallery where students can showcase their art during regular art exhibitions.

Register today to ensure you get a spot in the breakout session of your choice. Classes fill up quickly. Students who submit their application package to Northwestern prior to December 1 will have their application fee waived.

Still have questions about Fall Preview Days? Call (651) 631-5111 to learn more about scheduling a visit to Northwestern or to register for Fall Preview Days.

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