North Park University offers three types of group visits, which can be a great option for groups from area high schools, community organizations, or churches. You can request a group visit online after you review the options and decide which is right for you. (Please note that we cannot host any group visits on Saturdays or Sundays.)
Option A: Exploring North Park University
If your group consists of students in grades 9 through 12 who are specifically interested in exploring North Park University as a potential college, this is the program for your group. The visit begins at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, or 2:15 pm, and includes a brief presentation about the University and a campus tour. The 11:00 am option also includes lunch in our dining hall (during the regular academic year). The entire visit experience will be between 1.5 and 2.5 hours.
(Please note that group visits are not available on Wednesdays at 11:00 am due to our University chapel schedule.)
Option B: College Readiness Program
This program is appropriate for any student in grades 9 through 12, although it is primarily intended for those who are first-generation college students or who are new to exploring what it takes to get ready for college. The program is designed around a 45-minute workshop that introduces students to the terminology and processes of higher education. It covers topics such as:
- how best to prepare for college
- how to select the right college
- how to fund a college education
- the basics of the college admission process
Many community-based organizations or groups from college-preparatory programs in high schools (e.g., AVID, TRIO, Upward Bound, college bridge initiatives, etc.) utilize our college readiness program as a resource for their students. The visit begins at 10:30 am (except on Wednesdays due to our chapel schedule) and includes the workshop, a campus tour, and lunch in our dining hall (during the regular academic year).
Option C: Church Youth Group or Student Missions Team
If you are a church or community-based ministry that is interested in visiting North Park University or Chicago with a group of pre-college students, this is a great way to introduce them to our school and city. The University will provide housing for out-of-state groups for up to six nights, with a modest fee being applied after the third night ($10 per person, up to a maximum of $60 per night for the group). Along with other activities you may plan, such as a service-learning project, sightseeing, or ministry experience, you’ll also participate in a visit day at North Park. The visit begins at 11:00 am (except on Wednesdays due to our chapel schedule) and includes a brief presentation about the University, a campus tour, and lunch in our dining hall (during the regular academic year).
Scheduling Your Group Visit
Although we try to accommodate all group visit requests, we are not able to offer variations in the program options for your visit. In order to request a group visit to the University, all groups must submit the online request form. A minimum of two weeks' notice is required for groups of 50 or fewer students.
Due to space and staffing, we cannot accommodate all group visit requests; they will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We also cannot accommodate elementary school groups or host any group visits on Saturdays or Sundays.
For more information about group visits please contact our Visit Desk.