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Things to Do Next

Congratulations on your admission and welcome to North Park University! The 10 items below will help guide you through your transition so you can get a smooth start to your first semester as a Viking. The list is laid out step-by-step; you can start at the top as soon as you receive your acceptance letter, and some items must be completed before others can be started. Don't hesitate to talk to your recruiter if anything is confusing or you need more information about a step.

Before you get started, though, we want you to meet your future classmates. Join our Facebook group exclusively for this year's admitted students to learn more about North Park, ask questions about the steps below, and make some new friends before you even get to campus.

1. Activate Your North Park Network Account

This is the first thing you need to do after you’re admitted to North Park University. Your network account is automatically created after you're accepted, but you must confirm its activation so you can pay your tuition and housing deposits, register for classes, and access other campus resources.

To activate your account, have your new student ID number handy and head over to our account management web page.

(Your student ID number is located on your acceptance letter and sent to you via email shortly after you are accepted to the University.)

2. Pay Your Tuition Deposit

Your tuition deposit confirms your intention to enroll at North Park University, and it is a credit toward your first semester bill. Get all the details you need.

3. Apply for Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid, including student loans, requires the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The 2014–2015 FAFSA will be available starting January 1, 2014. We recommend that Illinois residents file no later than February 1 to ensure eligibility for the Illinois Map Grant. All students can file their FAFSA online.

We begin sending financial aid packages to admitted students in March. We can only send your package after we receive your report from the FAFSA processing center or you indicate to us that you will not be filing a FAFSA. Make sure you read all of the information included with your financial aid package. You can get more information online, or contact us in the Admissions Office if you have any questions.

4. Register for Classes

After you have paid your tuition deposit, you are eligible to register for classes. Beginning in mid-April (for the fall semester) or early November (for the spring), registration information will be sent to all eligible students. Classes fill up quickly, so complete the online registration inventory early to make sure you are placed in your first-choice selections. Learn more.

If you're coming to North Park as a first-year student, after you register for classes you'll be invited to complete an online survey that your academic advisors will use to help guide you in being a successful student. This College Student Inventory takes just 20 minutes and is an important tool as you transition from high school to college. Learn more.

5. Arrange Your Housing and Commuting Options

We are excited to have you join the North Park community. We need to know if you plan to live on campus or if you are an eligible commuter student. Review the guidelines and then select and complete either the online housing deposit and application or the commuter application. You can submit the housing deposit as early as you wish, but the application may not be available until later in the spring (for Fall admission) and you will not receive a housing assignment until after you register for classes. Learn more.

6. Provide Proof of Insurance or Elect the University's Policy

Students from the United States: North Park requires all full-time undergraduate students (registered for 12 credit hours or more) to be covered by a health insurance policy. All students are automatically billed for this policy, unless they provide proof of their own insurance. If you are beginning classes in Fall 2014, you can submit your insurance waiver online beginning June 1, 2014.

International students: You should not fill out the online health insurance form. Please contact Sumie Song, director of the International office, via email at ssong@northpark.edu or (773) 244-5571 for information about health insurance.

7. Pay Your First Bill

North Park mails your first fall semester bill around July 1, and sends spring semester bills in early December. Students must pay their bills in full, or have an approved payment plan in place with Student Administrative Services, by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Semester (August start): August 8, 2014


You cannot register for your second semester of classes until your first semester bill is settled (either paid in full or current in an approved payment plan). You can view and make payments on your bill online through Web Advisor (use your North Park network account to log in).

8. Submit Your Immunization/Medical Information

After you have paid your tuition deposit, you'll receive a healthcare form that you must complete and return to the University. This is due each year by July 15 (for the fall semester) or December 15 (for the spring).

If you are participating on one our intercollegiate athletic teams, please complete the pre-participation packet.

9. Complete our Safe Community Online Programs

To provide you with important information to keep you safe and healthy at North Park University, we require all incoming undergraduate students to complete two special online programs: AlcoholEdu for College and Haven—Understanding Sexual Assault. These courses will empower you to make informed decisions and prepare you to respond appropriately to situations you may encounter on a college campus. Both you and your parents will receive a letter from our dean of students about these programs.

Both of these online programs will be available beginning July 15. They are completely confidential and their first steps must be completed by August 21. They will take between two and three hours to complete, so be sure to plan ahead. Learn more.

10. Read the Student Handbook

All members of North Park’s community have rights and responsibilities. Make sure you know what is expected of you as a student—you’ll be held accountable to the standards laid out in the Student Handbook and University Catalog. Learn more.

Next Steps for New Students