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Parent Orientation


Welcome to Northwestern! Our desire is to connect your home to ours as you launch your child into college life. We know that this time is a big deal, and this year there are added elements that none of us have ever experienced, but the university has been carefully planning every aspect of enrollment, academics, student life, and campus operations to ensure a safe and healthy community for students, faculty and staff.

parents and students

Welcome New Families

We are excited for your arrival on campus! We want to provide you and your student the support and resources you need for a seamless transition to life at Northwestern.

Whether you are launching a student into college for the first time or have a returning student, we know that this time is an important milestone in their life. As your student transitions to life at UNW, we want to extend a warm welcome to the Northwestern community. As we walk this journey with your student together, we want you to know that we are here to equip, serve, and encourage you. 

During Orientation—and throughout the year—the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is here to support you. Please contact us anytime! 

We also offer a monthly parent e-newsletter, you can sign up to receive today.  It is a our way to stay connected and keep our parents informed.  We also offer helpful parent blogs, resourcesFAQ's and host Mom's in Prayer.  We look forward to meeting and supporting you in your Northwestern journey. 

Your student can find links to all the student orientation schedules on the Orientation page. Orientation schedules are also available to students on the New Student tab on theROCK.

Parent & Family Schedule & Resources

Friday, January 8
11:00am-12:00pm
BGCLC Lobby & Residence Halls
New Resident (Trad & DE) Check-In/Student Information & Services, Move-In 
Parents will have an opportunity to connect with different departments like Meal Plans, Student Accounts, Public Safety, etc. to get your remaining questions answered! The Parent Relations department is also excited to connect with each family as they make their way around check-in. Click here for map.
-A maximum of two guests are allowed to attend check-in and help with move-in. Masks are required.
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12:00-1:00pm
BGCLC
Main Dining
Lunch-provided for new residents and guests
1:00-2:30pm
BGCL Lobby

New Commuter (Trad & DE) Check-in/Student Information & Services
Parents will have an opportunity to connect with different departments like Meal Plans, Student Accounts, Public Safety, etc. to get your remaining questions answered! The Parent Relations department is also excited to connect with each family as they make their way around check-in. Click here for map.
-A maximum of two guests is allowed to attend check-in and help with move-in. Masks are required.
-Resident families may continue to connect with various areas represented at this time.
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3:00-4:00pm
Knight Performance Hall
Welcome to Northwestern Session
Student and parents will hear from our president, Senior Leadership Team, and more to welcome you to UNW. If you are unable to attend session in-person, click watch here to see the livestream session.
-Once this session has concluded, parents are asked to depart from campus.*
*Unless parent of a Dual Enrollment student. See DE Parent Session directly following.
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4:00-4:45pm
Knight Performance Hall
Dual Enrollment Parent Session 
For parents of new Dual Enrollment students only.
If you are unable to attend sessioin in-person, click watch here to see the livestream session. 
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4:45-5:45pm
Knight Performance Hall
Dual Enrollment Session
For Dual Enrollment students and parents/guardians only.
If you are unable to attend session in-person, click watch here to see the livestream session.
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Parenting Tips - Virtual Webinar (Recorded September 2020)
Watch our virtual panel conversation for parents of our new incoming Northwestern students. Navigating the transition to college can be stressful, not just for your student but also for you as a parent. Add a global pandemic which only adds to the list of questions that might be swirling around your mind. We will hear from multiple departments on how this year is going to look and services offered at UNW. 

Sarah Arthur - Assistant Dean serving PSEO students – Navigating Transitions
Jerod Cornelius - Dean of Students
Joe Biancardi – Director of Counseling Services
Pete Sola – Director of Public Safety
Marla Dennison – Assoc. VP of Business Services / Pandemic Team Lead
Anna Mukaria - Director of COVID Operations / Health Services – Physician
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Office of Alumni & Parent Relations
Director: Scott Anderson
Coordinator: Amy Mulvihill
Email: parents@unwsp.edu
Office: 651-631-5350

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