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New Student Orientation at North Park.

Threshold Schedule

Thursday, August 21: International Student Events

International students will arrive on campus starting Wednesday, August 20, and get settled in before Threshold events get started on Thursday.

Events and times subject to change.

Time

Event

Location

Academic Events
8:30 am–12:30 pm
Magnuson Campus Center


This test is required for all new international students so we can place you in any necessary language support courses. You can review the University's English Language Proficiency Requirement for more details.

Community Life Events
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Magnuson Campus Center


Come for an introduction to life as an international student at North Park and in Chicago. You'll meet other new students, as well as the staff from the International Office.

Key:  ✔ = Mandatory Event  |  Academic Events = Academic Events  |  Community Life Events = Community Life Events  |  Social Events = Social Events

Friday, August 22: Welcome and Move-In Day

Get the year started off right with this exciting day for students and their families. There's a lot on the schedule, but also enough time for you to start getting settled in your residence hall and get to know your new classmates and friends.

Events and times subject to change.

Time

Event

Location

Community Life Events
7:00 am–8:00 pm
Johnson Center Lobby


Take a break from the moving and busyness of Welcome Day—and get a look at the newest building on campus.

Community Life Events

7:00 am–4:00 pm

In Front of Old Main


New resident students must check in at the Welcome Tent before going to their assigned campus housing. Students will pick up their welcome packet and the head to Hamming Hall.

Community Life Events

7:00 am–1:00 pm

Hamming Hall



New Students will get their student ID, pay their bill, and check in with the Residence Life and Housing Office before heading to their assigned housing.

IMPORTANT: Student ID - Students must be registered for classes to receive and ID. Student IDs are needed for access into campus buildings. Students arriving prior to August 22 must obtain an ID from the front desk on the first floor of the Student Services building.

Academic Events
8:30 am –12:30 pm
Magnuson Campus Center


Stop by to check on the results from your ESL Placement Test.

Community Life Events
8:00 or 10:00 am
Campus Living Areas


8:00 am - 10:00 am - Move-in for Burgh Hall, Ohlson Hall, and Park North Apartments

10:00 am - Noon - Move-in for Anderson Hall, Sawyer Court, and the Apartments

After you check-in at the Welcome Tent and Hamming Hall, you'll be able to check in at your assigned residence hall to move in. Please note that in order to keep the day moving smoothly, not all living areas will open at the same time. Please check back here to see what time your assigned living area will be open.

Once it's your turn to check-in, we do our best to make the move-in as painless as possible! You'll be greeted at your residence hall by CREW leaders, Threshold staff, and maybe even our University President, Dr. David Parkyn, to help carry your loads. We've got this down to a science so you can enjoy your whole day.

Please note: you must check into your building during a specific time, but you will be able to continue moving in your things throughout the day. Your student ID card is your key to the residence hall and other campus buildings. You MUST get your Student ID card in Hamming Hall prior to checking into your assigned housing area.

Academic Events
9:00 am–Noon
Brorson Lounge, Old Main


This registration time is ONLY for new students who do not yet have a class schedule.

Social Events

11:00 am–1:30 pm

Area Restaurants, Campus Dining Hall


Take a break for lunch on your own. Choose from a wide range of cuisines at area restaurants, or eat in the Campus Dining Hall.

Community Life Events

11:30 am–12:30 pm

Welcome Tent and Hamming Hall



Commuter Student Check-in begins at 11:30 am at the Welcome Tent in front of Old Main. Then head to Hamming Hall to take care of administrative tasks, like getting your school ID! It will take you an hour, so don’t be late, because the fun begins at 12:30 pm with the Commuter Student Welcome, which includes Ice Cream Floats and FREE NPU SWAG! 

IMPORTANT: You must be registered for classes to receive a student ID card. Student IDs are needed for access to campus buildings.

Social Events

12:30–1:45 pm

Front Lawn



Don’t be late, because the fun begins at 12:30 pm with the Commuter Student Welcome, which includes Ice Cream Floats and FREE NPU SWAG! Get to know your fellow commuter students and the Threshold Staff!

Academic Events

2:00–2:45 pm

Carlson Gymnasium



The Threshold Staff and North Park University's Division of Student Engagement welcome all students and their families to campus during this special session. Learn more about the schedule for the day, valuable resources for students, and informative facts for parents. This is a great opportunity to start putting faces to names of Threshold staff, and Student Engagement Professionals who daily interact with our students.

Community Life Events
2:45–3:30 pm
Front Lawn


Following the North Park Welcome, students, parents, and families are invited to connect with members of the Student Engagement Team out on the front lawn for ice cream floats. The individuals below will be available to answer your questions and are excited to welcome you to the North Park Family.

Individual offices within the Division for Student Engagement will be identified by signs. Offices represented will be:

  • Vice President for Student Engagement
  • Dean of Students
  • Career Services
  • Student Success
  • Student Activities
  • Residence Life
  • Campus Security
  • Student Administrative Services
  • International Students
  • University Ministries
  • COMPASS

Social Events
3:00 and 3:30 pm
Johnson Center Lobby


While new students are getting to know their CREW groups, their parents and families are invited to get a closer look at the Johnson Center.

Social Events
3:30–4:15 pm
Front Lawn


Spend some time getting to know your CREW group. You'll spend a lot of time with them throughout Threshold! It's not unusual to hear North Park students explain that many of their most important friendships started out in their CREW Groups.

Community Life Events

4:30–5:30 pm

Carlson Gymnasium



Join President David Parkyn and the entire campus community to kick off the new academic year at this festive and meaningful event. Hear straight from President Parkyn how excited he is to get to know each of you, and get a taste for the honor and tradition that comes with being a North Park Viking.

Social Events

5:30–6:30 pm

Front Lawn



Enjoy dinner, music, and mingling with new friends. This event is free for all students, parents, and families.

Community Life Events

6:30–8:00 pm

Anderson Chapel



The last stop of the day for parents and families with their students, this meaningful service is led by Campus Pastor Judy Peterson. Please join us to pray with and for our new students, their families, and the North Park community as we kick off a new school year.

Community Life Events
8:00–8:45 pm
Front Lawn


Community Life Events

9:00–9:45 pm

Residence Life Meetings

In your assigned living area



Saturday, August 23: Academics Day

This is your day to take a challenge test, get more details about music programs, and learn all about Voyage, North Park's first year experience. Want a complete description? Click on any event to get all the details.

Time

Event

Location

Social Events

7:00–9:30 am

Breakfast

Aramark Dining Hall



Academic Events

8:00–9:30 am

Johnson Center Lecture Hall



If you believe you're proficient in a language at a higher level than your course placement recognizes, you may take a foreign language challenge exam. Based on your results, you may be exempt from the foreign language requirement.

New students may also choose to challenge their placement in a math course by taking an exam. Based on your results, you may be placed in a math course that fulfills the General Education requirement.

Only one exam can be taken during this time.

Academic Events
8:00–9:00 am

 

Library Lobby
Caroline B-1
Helwig Turf



All first-year students only:

Join your CREW Group for a fun, informative, and interactive workshop.

Academic Events
9:00–11:00 am
Carlson Tower, Room 13


The Writing Exam is mandatory for students who have not taken the ACT or SAT, or if you wish to challenge your placement in WRIT 1000.

Social Events

9:00–10:00 am

Magnuson 1 & 2



The Financial Aid team invites you to enjoy a morning round of bingo and a tasty bagel. Prizes for the winners!

Academic Events

9:30–11:00 am

Johnson Center Lecture Hall



New students may choose to challenge their placement in a math course by taking an exam.

Academic Events
10:00–11:00 am

 

Helwig Turf
Library Lobby
Caroline B-1



All first-year students only:

Join your CREW Group for a fun, informative, and interactive workshop.

Social Events

11:00–11:30 am

Anderson Chapel



Starting college is a big step. It is truly a voyage — a time when you will be exposed to new people, places, and ideas. Professors, University staff, and your fellow Vikings are here to help you throughout your first year on campus, and that's what Voyage is all about.

During your first year, there will be many exciting and challenging things to discover about the University, Chicago, and yourself. These interactions and experiences make up the North Park Voyage first-year experience. We invite you to explore, get involved in our community, and try new things.

We believe that the experiences you have during your first year of college set the tone and foundation for your ongoing success. By taking advantage of these programs and seeking out additional ways to meet people, explore your strengths, and develop your mind, you will establish a solid base for college success.

This session is required for all first-year students.

Academic Events

11:00–11:30 am

Johnson Center Lecture Hall


This required session covers important information for transfer students at North Park. Transfer student CREW Group will meet immediately after this session for lunch.

Social Events

11:30 am

12:15 pm

Aramark Dining Hall, Magnuson Campus Center



We love to eat together at North Park, and this will be a great chance for you to keep getting to know your CREW Groups, who you'll be spending a lot of time with throughout the week. (And, if our hunch is right, you'll be spending a lot of time with them for the next four years.)

Social Events
Noon–1:00 pm
Aramark Dining Hall - Side Room


Meet new friends, enjoy a free lunch!

Academic Events
Noon–1:00 pm
Aramark Dining Hall - Side Room


Grab your lunch and head to this meeting to get important details about transferring into the undergraduate nursing program at North Park.

Community Life Events

Noon–1:00 pm

Caroline Hall, Basement Room 1



For all students who are receiving loans as part of their Financial Aid package. Drop by to receive assistance with completing any loan documents.

Academic Events

1:00–2:00 pm

Hanson Hall, Room 23



Mandatory for music majors, minors, and non-majors who plan to participate in music programs, including voice lessons. Music tests offered will include the following: First Year Music Theory Test, Transfer Music Theory and Aural Skills Test, Keyboard Skills Placement, and Voice Lesson Placement.

Learn more about music placement tests at North Park.

Community Life Events
1:00–2:00 pm
Carlson Tower, Room 13


Mandatory for all new students who have been awarded work study as a part of their financial aid package.

Academic Events
2:00–4:00 pm

Johnson Center



If you took a Challenge Exam in the morning, you must attend this session in order to get your score from the exam. This is also a time for you to make a change to your schedule before classes begin on Monday. Faculty will also be available.

Academic Events

2:00–3:00 pm

 

Library Lobby
Caroline B-1
Helwig Turf



All first-year students only:

If you need to make any changes to your class schedule or have any questions for faculty, go to Hamming Hall first and then meet your CREW Group for a fun, informative, and interactive workshop.

Academic Events

3:00–4:00 pm

 

Caroline B-1
Helwig Turf
Library Lobby



All first-year students only:

Join your CREW Group for a fun, informative, and interactive workshop.

Academic Events

4:00–5:00 pm

 

Library Lobby
Caroline B-1
Helwig Turf



All first-year students only:

If you need to make any changes to your class schedule or have any questions for faculty, go to Hamming Hall first and then meet your CREW Group for a fun, informative, and interactive workshop.

Social Events

5:30 pm

5:45 pm

CREW Group Dinner: CREWS 6–10

CREW Group Dinner: CREWS 1–5

Aramark Dining Hall, Magnuson Campus Center


Social Events
7:30–9:30 pm
Hamming Hall


Yes, this is as awesome as it sounds. It's a Threshold Tradition!

Key:  ✔ = Mandatory Event  |  Academic Events = Academic Events  |  Community Life Events = Community Life Events  |  Social Events = Social Events

Sunday, August 24: Chicago Day

Time

Event

Location

Social Events
9:45–11:00 am
North Park Covenant Church


Meet CREW Group Leaders in the Johnson Center lobby to walk over to church together.

Social Events

11:00 am–Noon

CREW Group Brunch

Aramark Dining Hall



Social Events
Noon–5:00 pm
Leave from Hamming Hall


Join your CREW Group to experience the city from a new height on a double-decker bus tour.

Social Events
4:30–6:00 pm
Carlson Gymnasium


The dining hall is closed on Sunday evenings, so head over to the gymnasium to sample the multi-ethnic cuisine of our surrounding neighborhood, courtesy of the Student Government Association, with desserts provided by University Ministries.

Community Life Events
8:00–9:30 pm
Anderson Chapel


Not just another service, Collegelife is a communal worship experience designed to help all of us learn and live out what it means to follow Jesus. Through the arts, practical teachings, and the opportunity to respond, our desire is to bring a Christian perspective to the real-life issues students face today. University Ministries invites you to the first service of the semester — a great chance to kick off the year with community prayer and worship.

Social Events
9:00 pm
University Ministries Ice Cream Social

Carlson Gym



Community Life Events
9:30–10:00 pm
Meet in Hamming Hall


Get a unique view of our campus.

Community Life Events
10:00–10:30 pm
Java Haus


This is an opportunity for you to get any of your questions answered before your first day of classes.

Monday, August 25: Classes Begin

Threshold continues throughout the first week of classes. Plan on meeting up with your CREW Group each night for dinner and evening events.

Threshold staff will also be available throughout the week to answer your questions and make sure you're getting off to a good start at North Park.

Time

Event

Location

Academic Events
8:00–10:30 am
Outside Locations Around Campus


Make sure you get to the correct class at the correct time. Stop by one of our Question Tents and staff will help you look up your schedule and find your classrooms.

Academic Events
10:30–11:30 am
Carlson Gym


Bring your questions about your major or interests and enjoy a continental breakfast with faculty advisors.

Social Events
3:30–4:30 pm
The Hump


Bring $5 to buy your own Threshold T-shirt and have fun tie-dying it with your new friends.

Social Events
4:45–6:30 pm
Aramark Dining Hall


Meet up with your CREW Group to talk about your day, ask questions, and make plans for the rest of the week. Commuter students without a meal plan will be able to eat for free with their CREW Group.

Community Life Events
6:30–8:00 pm
Anderson Chapel


Your safety is our top priority while you're a student at North Park, and we take the topics of assault and harassment very seriously. Make sure you have all the information you need about about staying safe and reporting any situations that do arise.

You can also review the University's policies in the Student Handbook, Title IX, and Equal Opportunity statements.

This is a Mandatory session for all new Commuter and Resident, First-year and Transfer students; bring your Student ID card with you because your attendance will be recorded.

Social Events
8:00–10:00 pm
Leave from Johnson Center Lobby


Need a few items for your room? Or some groceries? Immediately after the Mandatory session, leave from Anderson Chapel. CREW Group Leaders will show you how to use the bus to get to the Target closest to campus.

Social Events
10:00 pm–Midnight
Java Haus


Meet up with your friends—or make some new ones—in our student coffee house, located in the basement of Burgh Hall.

Tuesday, August 26

After your classes are over for the day, Threshold Welcome Week continues. Don't miss out on important—and fun—events.

Time

Event

Location

Social Events
4:45–6:30 pm
Aramark Dining Hall


Meet up with your CREW Group to talk about your day, ask questions, and make plans for the rest of the week. Commuter students without a meal plan will be able to eat for free with their CREW Group.

Community Life Events
6:30–7:30 pm
Anderson Chapel


In this interactive session students will gain a better understanding of the core values of diversity. Students will increase their appreciation for differences and identify the benefits associated with embracing diversity as an essential component of a quality education.

This is a Mandatory session for all new Commuter and Resident, First-year and Transfer students; bring your Student ID card with you because your attendance will be recorded. 

Social Events
8:00–10:00 pm
The Hump


Another North Park Tradition! Come enjoy a movie outdoors on a 25 foot blow-up screen.

Social Events
10:00 pm–Midnight
Java Haus


Meet up with your friends—or make some new ones—in our student coffee house, located in the basement of Burgh Hall.

Key:  ✔ = Mandatory Event  |  Academic Events = Academic Events  |  Community Life Events = Community Life Events  |  Social Events = Social Events

Wednesday, August 27

Don't miss today's events to learn more about how to get involved in our student groups and activities.

Time

Event

Location

Community Life Events
11:30 am–3:30 pm
The Hump


Another popular campus tradition! Viking Fair & BBQ is both an opportunity to learn more about our campus clubs and organizations & to grab a FREE lunch while you're at it.

Social Events
4:45–6:30 pm
Aramark Dining Hall


Meet up with your CREW Group to talk about your day, ask questions, and make plans for the rest of the week. Commuter students without a meal plan will be able to eat for free with their CREW Group.

Community Life Events
6:30–7:30 pm
LHA - Lecture Hall Auditorium


All new first-year students are required to attend. Students will meet in their CREW Groups for this invigorating discussion on the Common Read book.

This is a Mandatory session for all new commuter and resident first-year students; bring your Student ID card with you because your attendance will be recorded.

Social Events
8:00–9:00 pm
Carlson Gym


Take this opportunity to win great prizes by playing some "Minute to Win It" Games, watch the Dance & Step Teams perform, cheer on our athletes, and enjoy FREE pizza!

Social Events
9:00 pm–Midnight
Java Haus


Meet up with your friends—or make some new ones—in our student coffee house, located in the basement of Burgh Hall.

Thursday, August 28

Just a couple more days left of Threshold Welcome Week activities. But we promise the fun doesn't stop—there's a lot more to come throughout the year.

Time

Event

Location

Social Events
Noon–1:30 pm
The Hump


Come enjoy some delicious food from all over the world.

Social Events
4:45–6:30 pm
Aramark Dining Hall


Meet up with your CREW Group to talk about your day, ask questions, and make plans for the rest of the week. Commuter students without a meal plan will be able to eat for free with their CREW Group.

Community Life Events
6:30–7:30 pm
LHA - Lecture Hall Auditorium


Interactive comedy, audience role playing, facts, and education are combined to give the audience "A Shot of Reality" about the dangers of alcohol. The program provides an honest, engaging, humorous and sober new look at alcohol awareness on your campus.

This is a mandatory session for all new commuter and resident first-year and transfer students; bring your Student ID card with you because your attendance will be recorded.

Social Events
8:00–10:00 pm
Hamming Hall


Another Threshold Tradition that annually draws 350 students! It's better than you think . . . with a Live Band to back you up! Come and cheer on your CREW Group Leaders . . . they will be up first to perform!

Social Events
10:00 pm–Midnight
Java Haus


Meet up with your friends—or make some new ones—in our student coffee house, located in the basement of Burgh Hall.

Friday, August 29

We hope you've had a great first week at North Park University. Remember that you're always welcome to stop in to the Student Engagement offices with any questions you have, and that your CREW Group leaders, faculty advisors, professors, and other friends are great resources when you need help, as well.

Time

Event

Location

Community Life Events
5:00–10:30 pm
Meet in Johnson Center Lobby


Take a trip downtown with your CREW Group to celebrate the end of your first week of classes! Bring $10 for dinner.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for many upcoming events sponsored by Bridge:

  • Sunday, August 31: White Sox Game ($5)
  • Monday, September 1: Splash Mania and Labor Day BBQ (Free!)
  • Tuesday, September 2: Cubs Games ($5)

 

Key:  ✔ = Mandatory Event  |  Academic Events = Academic Events  |  Community Life Events = Community Life Events  |  Social Events = Social Events