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Community Life Events

Get to know North Park! Transition is tough, but our campus community is glad to welcome you. Take advantage of community-focused events throughout the week where you'll meet our faculty, staff, and students who are looking forward to helping you find your place here.

Events and times subject to change. Download a campus map.

All Week Long: CREW Group Meals

Lunch: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Dinner: Thursday and Friday

  • Aramark Dining Hall
  • Hamming Hall

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.)


Wednesday Events

Welcome Tent — In Front of Old Main (Foster Avenue)

Resident Students: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm ✔ Mandatory

Commuter Students: Noon ✔ Mandatory

Check in to get your schedule for the week and other important information that will help with your transition. Stop by the Welcome Tent as soon as you get to campus — resident students must stop here before checking in at their assigned campus housing.

Student Administrative Services Check-In — Hamming Hall

7:00 am to 1:00 pm ✔ Mandatory

Get your student ID, check-in with student accounts, ask questions and get answers!

You should head to the Student Administrative Services Check-In as soon as you are done at the Welcome Tent. Resident students must stop here before heading to your residence hall in order to get their student ID, which serves as a key to your residence hall and other buildings on campus.

Resident Student Move-In

  • Anderson, Ohlson, Park North: 8:00 – 10:00 am
  • Sohlberg, Burgh, Sawyer Court: 10:00 am – noon

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 in at your building during the times listed above, 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 check in at the Welcome Tent and Student Administrative Services Check-In before you head to your assigned campus housing.

Parent and Family Orientation — Carlson Gymnasium

2:30 pm ✔ Mandatory

Will my son or daughter really be OK when I leave? How will North Park become my student's new community? Following the North Park Welcome, parents and families are invited to stay in the gymnasium to hear from staff and faculty who can answer your questions and ease your fears. North Park is excited to join you for the next steps of your student's life!

University Ministries Worship Service (with dessert to follow) — Anderson Chapel

6:30 pm

The last stop of the day for parents and families, Welcome Day activities conclude with this meaningful service. Led by Campus Pastor Judy Peterson, please join us to surround our new students, their families, and the North Park community in prayer as we kick off a new school year.

CREW Group Kick-Off — In front of Wilson Hall

8:30 pm ✔ Mandatory

Students: Head over to Wilson Hall to make new friends as you meet the rest of your CREW Group and leaders. Hang out under the tents and watch the stage for instructions from CREW Group leaders.

Residence Life Meetings — LHA

10:00 pm ✔ Mandatory for Students Living on Campus

Just because you're out of your family home doesn't mean you're living on your own. Gather with groups from your residence hall to get the ins and outs of living communally. These folks will be your neighbors, friends, and classmates for a long time — get off to a good start together.


Thursday Events

Financial Aid Loan Drop-In Session — Caroline Hall Computer Lab

1:00 pm

Have questions about your student loans? Our financial aid experts are here to help!

Financial Aid Work Study Meeting — Carlson Tower, Room 13

1:30 pm ✔ Mandatory for Work Study Students

If you have been given work study as part of your financial aid package, attend this session to get all the paperwork taken care of.

Life at North Park: Diversity...A Matter of Perspective — Anderson Chapel

6:30 pm ✔ Mandatory

In this instructive and inspiring approach to understanding the core values of diversity, students will gain knowledge that dispels the myth that nurturing diversity is only relevant to underrepresented groups; increase their awareness and appreciation for difference; and identify the benefits associated with fostering a culture of inclusion.

Marvin Worthy, President and CEO, Worthy Consulting and Training Group


Friday Events

Life at North Park — Anderson Chapel and LHA

1:30 and 3:00 pm ✔ Mandatory

Get the scoop on the departments, offices, and people that are here to help you, as well as take care of some serious business like the student handbook and community conduct standards and policies. These two sessions are important, but we'll energize you with some free ice cream in between! And there will be prizes!


Saturday Events

CREW Group Downtown Dinner

5:00 pm

Between choosing your own adventure and the CLASS movie night, take advantage of being in downtown Chicago and explore classic eateries, grab a real Chicago hotdog or deep dish pizza, or even discover a new hidden gem of a restaurant. Bring at least $10.


Sunday Events

Church Visits — Sohlberg Hall Basement

9:30 am

North Park's commitment to being a Christian University is evident by the number of students who get up every Sunday morning and head to one of Chicago's multitude of churches. On Sunday morning, the University Ministries team will help point you in the right direction toward some great local options on your first Sunday at North Park.

Collegelife — Anderson Chapel

8:00 pm

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.

Next Steps

Learn more about community life at North Park.

Get the scoop on CREW Groups.

Check out the full Threshold Week schedule.

Community Life Events