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Before You Arrive 

Before You Arrive

Your first day of classes will be here sooner than you think. We’re excited to welcome you at Threshold, but before you get here there are a few things you’ll need to do. Follow our suggestions below to stay on track as you prepare to be a North Park student. (But don't worry if you're getting a late start: you can do most of these items at various times.) When you get to campus, you’ll be ready to dive into the community and your classes.

Don’t forget to check out our special Back to School section with more focused academic details.

Right After You're Admitted

  • We want to make sure you get all the financial aid you can to come to North Park, so submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. This form helps us create your personalized financial aid package, and is required for all North Park scholarships, grants, and loans.
  • Once you have your student ID number, you can set up your North Park network account and start checking your Vikings email regularly. This will be the account that the University uses to communicate with you for important updates and announcements, so get in the habit of checking it often.
  • Pay your tuition deposit — this lets us know that you’re planning on coming to North Park. You won’t be able to register for classes until you’ve made your deposit.

Two to Three Months Before You Arrive

  • Get to know northpark.edu. We know you’re online already, so spend some time on our website, which will be your friend for life. Get to know key resources like the undergraduate academics home, the campus life and services hub, and the Viking athletics site.
  • Start the process of registering for classes! Once you’ve paid your tuition deposit, use our online forms to identify the classes that interest you. The Office of Student Enrichment Services and Support will work with you throughout this process and make sure you’re getting registered for classes that put you on the right track for your intended major.
  • Transfer students: make sure you’ve submitted transcripts for your transfer course evaluation to know how the classes you have already taken will apply to the North Park curriculum.
  • Find us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! North Park hosts several groups that will help you meet your future classmates, stay up-to-date with campus happenings, and make sure you have all the Threshold details you need. We know you’re online, so stop on by and say hi!
  • First-Year Students: Send in your final transcripts to confirm your high school graduation, and official score reports from AP, CLEP, or IB exams you may have taken so you get credit for all that hard work.
    Transfer Students: Make sure you’re up-to-date on everything you need to know to transition to North Park.
  • Submit your housing application and deposit in order to receive your housing assignment and roommate information. The sooner you get your deposit and application in, the sooner you can start getting to know who you’ll be living with!
  • If you will be borrowing federal loans, complete your online loan documents. Our financial aid experts are happy to answer any questions you might have about these processes, but you don’t want to miss out on this important piece of the finance puzzle.

Don't Forget To...

  • Make arrangements to pay your student account balance. Your fall semester balance will be due on August 8, 2014. North Park offers several options to help you and your family stay up-to-date with this, and making arrangements early will help the process go smoothly.
  • Complete the AlcoholEdu for College program online. This confidential tool is one way that North Park helps you get important information to keep you safe and healthy while in college. All incoming students are required to complete this between July 15 and August 21, 2014. Whether you drink or not, this course will empower you to make informed decisions about alcohol and prepare you to better cope with the drinking behavior of your peers.
  • Get to know My North Park. This one-stop location is home to all sorts of information you’ll need, including access to online course content, an easy look at your Vikings email account and calendar, registration and financial information, and important campus announcements.
  • Purchase the University health insurance policy or provide proof of health insurance. International Students will receive information on health insurance at International Student Orientation.
  • Complete and return your immunization records so we can help keep you healthy while you’re at North Park. (Athletes will have an additional form to complete; contact your coach to make sure you have the information you need.)

Just Before School Starts

  • Read through the student handbook. You’ll be responsible for all this information while you’re a student with us, so start now and ask any questions that come up.
  • If you’ll have one, contact your roommate to start making plans for your dorm room. This is an exciting part about going to college, and we promise you’ll have fun together making your space as unique as you are. A few helpful resources for this include our list of what to bring and what to leave at home and information about protecting your personal property on campus.
  • Organize all the details you'll need on Welcome Day, including looking at campus maps, driving directions, and local places to grab a bite.
  • International Students Only: Submit your arrival form so we know when to welcome you!
  • Check out the bookstore online to start buying your textbooks.

Next Steps

Learn all the lingo before you get to campus: check out the North Park Dictionary.

International Students: make sure you're up-to-date on your orientation requirements.