Things to Do Next

Congratulations on your admission and welcome to North Park University! The 10 items below will help guide you through your transition so you can get a smooth start to your first semester as a Viking. The list is laid out step-by-step; you can start at the top as soon as you receive your acceptance letter, and some items must be completed before others can be started. Don't hesitate to talk to your recruiter if anything is confusing or you need more information about a step.

Before you get started, though, we want you to meet your future classmates. If you're starting at North Park in Spring 2015, join our Facebook group for 2014-2015 admitted students. If you're starting at North Park in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016, we invite you to join the Facebook group for 2015-2016 admitted students. Both groups will help you learn more about North Park, ask questions about the steps below, and make some new friends before you even get to campus.

1. Activate Your North Park Network Account

This is the first thing you need to do after you’re admitted to North Park University. Your network account is automatically created after you're accepted, but you must confirm its activation so you can pay your tuition and housing deposits, register for classes, and access other campus resources.

To activate your account, have your new student ID number handy and head over to our account management web page.

(Your student ID number is located on your acceptance letter and sent to you via email shortly after you are accepted to the University.)

2. Pay Your Tuition Deposit

Your tuition deposit confirms your intention to enroll at North Park University, and it is a credit toward your first semester bill. Get all the details you need.

3. Apply for Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid, including student loans, requires the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The 2015–2016 FAFSA will be available starting January 1, 2015. We recommend that Illinois residents file no later than February 1 to ensure eligibility for the Illinois Map Grant. All students can file their FAFSA online. Students starting in the spring should fill out the 2014-2015 FAFSA online.

Once we receive your report from the FAFSA processing center or you indicate to us that you will not be filing a FAFSA, you will receive a financial aid package from us. For students starting at North Park in the fall, we begin sending financial aid packages to admitted students in March. If you are starting in the spring semester, you can expect to receive your financial aid packages as soon as your report is received. Make sure you read all of the information included with your financial aid package. You can get more information online, or contact us in the Admissions Office if you have any questions.

4. Register for Classes

After you have paid your tuition deposit, you are eligible to register for classes. Beginning in mid-April (for the fall semester) or early November (for the spring), registration information will be sent to all eligible students. If you are a first-year student, you are encouraged to attend Registration Day, where you will be able to register for fall classes. First-years who are unable to attend the event, transfers, and international students should fill out an online registration request form. Learn more.

If you're coming to North Park as a first-year student, after you register for classes you'll be invited to complete an online survey that your academic advisors will use to help guide you in being a successful student. This College Student Inventory takes just 20 minutes and is an important tool as you transition from high school to college. Learn more.

5. Arrange Your Housing and Commuting Options

We are excited to have you join the North Park community. We need to know if you plan to live on campus or if you are an eligible commuter student. Review the guidelines and then select and complete either the online housing deposit and application or the commuter application. You can submit the housing deposit as early as you wish, but the application may not be available until later in the spring (for Fall admission) and you will not receive a housing assignment until after you register for classes. Learn more.

6. Read an Important Note about Health Insurance

Students from the United States: North Park no longer requires students to provide proof that they are covered by a health insurance policy, and will no longer offer a health insurance policy for purchase. However, we strongly encourage students and their families to explore their options for insurance coverage. Student-athletes have different requirements for their participation in intercollegiate competition. Learn more.

International students: Please contact Sumie Song, director of the International office, via email at ssong@northpark.edu or (773) 244-5571 for information about health insurance.

7. Pay Your First Bill

North Park mails your first fall semester bill around July 1, and sends spring semester bills in early December. Students must pay their bills in full, or have an approved payment plan in place with Student Administrative Services, by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Semester (August start): August 8, 2014

You cannot register for your second semester of classes until your first semester bill is settled (either paid in full or current in an approved payment plan). You can view and make payments on your bill online through Web Advisor (use your North Park network account to log in).

8. Submit Your Immunization/Medical Information

After you have paid your tuition deposit, you'll receive a healthcare form that you must complete and return to the University. This is due each year by July 15 (for the fall semester) or December 15 (for the spring).

If you are participating on one our intercollegiate athletic teams, please complete the pre-participation packet.

9. Explore our Safe Community Initiatives

North Park University is committed to creating a safe and nurturing community for all students. Take a moment to explore the may resources we make available to our students, from a nighttime shuttle service to a safety app for your smartphone. Both of these initiatives—and more—are part of our Safe Community initiatives.

Prior to each fall semester, we also provide two online programs with important information to keep you safe and healthy at North Park University. More information about these programs, AlcoholEdu for College and Haven—Understanding Sexual Assault, will be sent in the spring and summer. In the meantime, you can learn a little more.

10. Read the Student Handbook

All members of North Park’s community have rights and responsibilities. Make sure you know what is expected of you as a student—you’ll be held accountable to the standards laid out in the Student Handbook and University Catalog. Learn more.

Next Steps for New Students