New Student Orientation

Welcome to North Park!

Threshold New Student Orientation is a long standing North Park tradition with the purpose of welcoming students, families, and guests to our campus and community. We believe orientation plays an important role in marking the beginning of your academic journey at North Park University. As you cross the threshold into this collegiate experience, it is our hope you have opportunities to connect with people and identify resources to take with you on this college journey.

This year’s Threshold schedule is designed to prioritize your safety alongside engaging and fun activities, which let you meet other new students, student leaders, faculty, and staff. Learn more about how we are preparing for your arrival.

All incoming students are required to participate in Threshold, North Park’s orientation program, August 26–28. Don’t forget to RSVP for events such as the City-Centered Excursion by Sunday August 21st. Families and guests are welcome to attend on August 26.

Threshold Schedule

Subject to change

Friday, August 26

8:00–11:30 a.m.: Welcome Tent Check-In

Resident Students:

You will receive an individual email from Residence Life and Housing detailing the time and process for you to move into campus housing.

Commuter Students:

North Park’s commuter students are an integral part of our campus community. Use this time to get to know your future classmates and the campus, and prepare for a great year at North Park.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Lunch ‘n’ Learn (commuter students only)

12:30–1:30 p.m.: Welcome & Convocation/Class Photo

1:30–4:30 p.m.: Opening Activities: Crew Groups Gathering, Life at North Park Information Sessions

4:30–6:15 p.m.: Block Party: music, games, food

6:15–7:00 p.m.: North Park Prayer Send-Off (families dismissed)

7:30 p.m.: Community Life Meeting (resident students only)

Saturday, August 27

9:15–10:00 a.m.: Campus Tour (optional)

9:45–10:00 a.m.: Crew Group Meeting

10:00–11:30 a.m.: PlayFair Activity

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: Lunch: travel to local restaurants with your crew group

1:00–5:00 p.m.: City-Centered Excursion: RSVP for the bus tour followed by a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago

Sunday, August 28

6:00–7:00 p.m.: College Life: Sunday evening worship gathering

7:15–9:00 p.m.: University Ministries Block Party


Log into myNPU-Engage for details on each activity.

Before Threshold Orientation

First-Year Students

North Park’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, transfer, resident, or commuter student.

First Year Experience

Be sure to explore special first-year program options to get connected on campus.

Transfer Students

We’re so glad you have chosen to make North Park your home for the next few years. You can find answers to your transfer student-specific questions using the categories below. As you are making your transition, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our transfer advisors for any assistance you need in understanding your Transfer Credit Evaluationthe registration process, or what life is like at North Park.

 Transfer Student Resources

International Students

International Student Orientation will take place both online and in-person. Students will receive a pre-arrival online orientation (you will receive the link via email over the summer) to be completed at your own pace. All international students will also be required to attend in-person orientation, August 23–25. Check your North Park email for more details about International Student Orientation. All undergraduate international students should also plan to participate in Threshold.

Commuter Student Resources

North Park’s Office of Student Activities and the Commuter Student Association work together to connect you to campus resources and the North Park community. We want you to feel at home while you’re at North Park. Check out the resources below to find answers to your questions and how to get connected.

Commuter Student Resources

Families and Guests

Transitioning to college isn’t just for students: parents and families have some adjusting to do, as well. These resources are designed to help your whole family know what to expect at orientation, and how they can be involved throughout the academic year.

 Family Resources

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