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Academic Events

You're coming to North Park University to get a great education, and Threshold will help you get off on the right foot. Throughout the week you'll have a chance to participate in a variety of academic events, talk to your advisor, and tie up any loose ends. Get all the details below, and make sure you pay close attention to the Thursday and Friday schedules.

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

Wednesday Events

English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Tests — Magnuson Campus Center

8:30 am to 12:30 pm ✔ Mandatory for International Students

This test is required for all new international students so we can place you in any necessary language support courses.

North Park Welcome — Carlson Gymnasium

1:30 pm ✔ Mandatory

The Threshold Staff and North Park University faculty welcome all students and their families to campus during this special session. Hear about the academic life of the University, and start putting faces to names of professors, staff, and administrators.

Academic Interest Group Meetings

2:30 pm ✔ Mandatory

These required meetings will introduce you to the faculty in your intended major. Don't worry if you have chosen your major yet—we've got you covered with a meeting for students who are undecided or still deciding.

Opening Convocation — Carlson Gymnasium

4:00 pm ✔ Mandatory

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.


Thursday Events

Music Info Session and Placement Tests — Hanson Hall, Room 23

8:00 am ✔ Mandatory for music students

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.

Foreign Language Challenge Exams — LHA

8:00 am: Spanish, Swedish, French

2:30 pm: Spanish

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.

Writing Challenge Exam — Carlson Tower, Room 13

8:00 am

Mandatory for students who have not taken the ACT or SAT, or if you wish to challenge your placement in WRIT 1000.

Voyage Overview and Workshops — Anderson Chapel

9:30 am or 2:30 pm ✔ Mandatory for first-year students

You must have your student ID to check in.
Voyage is North Park's First Year Experience program, and begins with Threshold. Over the course of the school year you'll be exposed to new people, places, and ideas. Voyage puts professors, staff, and other students in one place for you to ask questions, learn more about North Park and yourself, and get solidly on track for a life of significance and service.

Following an overview session, you'll have the option to choose from five workshops with campus departments and offices that will be key parts of your Voyage here. (Plus, you'll get to knock out some Voyage requirements before classes even begin — but don't forget your student ID to sign in.)

  • Career Planning (take the Strong Interest Inventory)
  • Library Introduction
  • Moodle (online course platform)
  • General Education
  • Healthy Living at College (includes a tour of Helwig Recreation Center)

Math Challenge Exam — LHA

8:00 am or 2:30 pm

New students may 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.

Transfer Students: Information & Resources — Carlson Tower, Room 13

10:30 am – noon ✔ Mandatory for transfer students

Receive important information and resources unique to the transfer student experience at North Park University.

Honors Program Meeting — Carlson Tower, Room 31

1:00 pm

North Park's Honors Program is a great option if you're committed to serving your community, are interested in pursuing academic challenges beyond the standard classroom, or if you already know you're looking toward further academic studies — graduate school, seminary, medical school, law school, etc. — as you prepare for a life of significance and service. Come to this meeting to learn more about the program.


Friday Events

Registration & Meetings with Faculty Advisors — Hamming Hall and Carlson Gymnasium

10:00 am

Finish up any registration tasks you have lingering so you know where to go for all your classes. If you took a challenge exam on Thursday, you must attend and meet with your advisor in order to receive your scores and discuss placement changes.


Monday: First Day of Classes

Make sure you're ready with your pencils sharpened, laptops charged, and books in hand. There are lots of returning students, faculty, and staff on campus to continue answering your questions or pointing you in the right direction. Now that you've made it through Threshold Week, it's on to the rest of your great college adventure. Welcome to North Park!

Next Steps

Get ready to head back to school.

Make sure you're ready for the year with our transition checklist.

Check out the full Threshold Week schedule.

Academic Events