Your Next Steps
We want to help you make a smooth transition to university life, and answer all your questions. The list below which will help guide you through the next steps of 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.
Download your Admitted Student Guidebook today! Admitted Student Guidebooks for both first-year and transfer students are here to guide you through your transition to North Park.
There’s no better way to get to know North Park than to visit our campus. Now there are more ways to do so than ever!
In-person Visits are offered Monday–Thursday at 9:15 am, 11:00 am, and 2:30 pm and Fridays at 11:00 am.
Virtual Visits are offered Wednesdays at noon (CDT).
The first thing we recommend doing is meet your future classmates through an exclusive Facebook group for newly admitted students. This group is a great place for you to learn more about the North Park experience, ask questions about the steps outlined below, and make some new friends before you even get to campus. Be sure to share your excitement about coming to North Park and use the hashtag #NewNorthParkers to connect with other students!
Need-based financial aid, including student loans, requires the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The 2020–2021 FAFSA is available as of October 1, 2019. We recommend that Illinois residents file no later than November 1 to ensure eligibility for the Illinois Map Grant. All students can file their FAFSA online.
Once we receive your report from the FAFSA processing center or you indicate to us that you will not be filing a FAFSA, you will receive a financial aid package from us. For students starting at North Park in the fall, we begin sending financial aid packages to admitted students in November. If you are starting in the spring semester, you can expect to receive your financial aid packages as soon as your report is received. 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.
Your $200 tuition deposit confirms your intention to enroll at North Park University, and it is a credit toward your first-semester bill. You can pay this deposit via check or debit/credit card. To pay online, use your application email and password to log into your Self-Service account.
Tuition deposits are refundable until:
- May 1: Fall Semester
- December 15: Spring Semester
Once your tuition deposit is paid and processed, you will receive an email from North Park’s Information Technology Department with instructions on how to set up your North Park network account. After your network account is activated, you will be able to use your North Park email address, pay housing deposits, register for classes, and access other campus resources.
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.
- Students are invited to attend a Registration Day event on our campus. If you are unable to attend, please contact your admissions recruiter after paying your tuition deposit.
- We advise new students to take 14 to 16 credits per semester, which is between 4 and 6 classes. This credit load will keep you on track for reaching the 120 credits required for graduation.
- You must take 12 credits each semester to be considered a full-time student. If you take less than 12 credits you may lose financial aid and any scholarships.
- You may be placed in a prerequisite course for a subject area based on your ACT/SAT score or because it is needed for your major.
- Your schedule will be based on the information you submit, course availability, and your intended major.
Resources to start thinking about your coursework at North Park University:
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As a North Park University student or employee, you can submit a photo online for your North Park University ID card.
You will be required to show an official picture ID (driver’s license, state ID, former school ID or a valid, unexpired passport) when you pick up your North Park ID card.
Please note: These ID cards are for our Chicago campus students and employees. If you are part of a program that is not held on our Chicago campus, please speak with your program director or supervisor regarding the need for a North Park University ID.
Before you submit your photo, please read the information provided below.
ID Photo Guidelines
- Recent color photo
- Simple, neutral and smooth background (Tip: Use a white towel, sheet or large piece of paper as a backdrop.)
- Bright, even lighting
- Centered, frontal view of full face – no profile
- Cropped from just above the top of the head to the collarbone
- Eyes open and visible (wear prescription glasses if you normally do so)
- Acceptable file format: .jpg file format
- Minimum pixel size: 600px by 600px
- Maximum file size: 1 MB
Acceptable Photo Examples
Unacceptable ID Photos
- Hats, sunglasses, or other items that obscure your face
- Glare on glasses, shadows
- Other visible people or objects in the photo
- Inappropriate expressions or gestures
- Senior portraits or school photos
Unacceptable Photo Examples
To help your faculty and staff get to know you and what your needs as a student might be, North Park asks all incoming students to complete a 20-minute online inventory before classes begin in the fall. This College Student Inventory is designed to help us develop a sense of who you are and what specific skills we can help you work on. Your answers to the questions will generate a personalized report that tells us a little bit about your academic motivation (study habits, confidence in communication, how you feel about educators), how you handle school stress, and what sorts of support services you might find useful. Our goal in gathering this information is solely to help you in your transition and to point you to some great things North Park has to offer.
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.
On Campus Housing
You are eligible to apply for on-campus housing only after you have been accepted and at least 24 hours after you have paid your tuition deposit. To apply:
· Pay your $250 housing deposit.
· After you have paid your housing deposit, housing information and instructions are sent to deposited students beginning in February (for the fall semester) and October (for the spring semester).
· You will receive an on-campus housing assignment after you have registered for your first-semester courses.
This housing deposit is held the whole time you are a student at North Park University, and returned to you when you graduate. The deposit amount you receive back when you graduate may be less than $250 if any damage fees were assessed to campus housing in which you live.
Your housing deposit will be refunded to you if you cancel your reservation for North Park housing before May 1, for the fall semester, or December 8, for the spring semester.
If you plan on commuting, you must complete the commuter application. You will be eligible to commute from off-campus if you meet one of the following criteria:
· You are commuting from a primary residence within 30 miles of campus where you live with a parent or legal guardian
· You have senior status (90 or more credits)
· You are at least 21 years old on September 1 of the current academic year
· You are married
If one of these applies to you and you wish to commute to the University, please complete the online commuter application.
If you do not meet one of these criteria but want to commute anyway, contact the director of residence life and housing to request an appeal form.
Please review our housing policy for more information.
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 published deadline.
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 Self Service (use your North Park network account to log in).
Immunization and Medical Information: After you have paid your tuition deposit, you’ll receive a immunization record 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.
Health Insurance: North Park no longer requires students to provide proof that they are covered by a health insurance policy, and will no longer offer a health insurance policy for purchase. There may be additional coverage requirements for student-athletes. However, we strongly encourage all students to obtain health insurance coverage, as is required by the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Students can either obtain health insurance through their parents’ plans (if under the age of 26) or go to HealthCare.gov to purchase health insurance packages. Learn more about students accessing health insurance.
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.
North Park University is committed to creating a safe and nurturing community for all students. Take a moment to explore the many resources we make available to our students, from a nighttime shuttle service to a safety app for your smartphone. Both of these initiatives—and more—are part of our Safe Community initiatives.
Prior to each fall semester, we also provide two online programs with important information to keep you safe and healthy at North Park University. More information about these programs, AlcoholEdu for College and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates, will be sent in the spring and summer.
As you prepare for the start of the semester, we have designed an online course with you in mind. This course will introduce you to tools that support your transition, integration, and engagement with your North Park family. We know that the time leading up to the start of the semester can be stressful, and this course will help answer many questions you might have about life at North Park.
You can complete the different modules over several sessions. While it doesn’t need to be done all at once you should complete it by January 19th when classes start.
The online course will be available mid-November.
Making the Transition: Your Arrival and First Year Experience
North Park University’s orientation program, Threshold, flows seamlessly into our First Year Experience, to make your transition to North Park as smooth as possible. Learn more about these programs and how they can help you get ready for a great first year, whether you’re a first-year or transfer, resident or commuter student.