New Student Orientation

Welcome to North Park!

Threshold New Student Orientation is a long standing NPU 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.

You Are Our Priority

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

You will start with an online orientation course that you can experience from your home. All incoming students are required to complete the online orientation, so you will be able to get a jumpstart on your North Park experience.

You will then complete the welcome experience on campus, by participating in Threshold, North Park Orientation program, August 22–23.

Prior to the Threshold experience, there will be a check-in process specific to commuter and resident students.

Commuter check-in will be August 17–18 at these times:
Monday, August 17th, 1 pm–4 pm
Tuesday, August 18th, 9 am–12 pm

August 19–21 will be new resident student move in & check-in.  You will receive an individual email from Residence Life and Housing detailing the date and time for you to move into campus housing.

Location update: Check-in will start on the North end of Christiana Ave., at approximately 5146 N. Christiana Ave. The best access to begin the check-in process is from Foster Ave.

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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 or transfer, resident or commuter student.

First Year Experience

Be sure to also 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.

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International Students

International Student Orientation will be online and will be available to you in early August. If you are able to arrive on campus for the start of the semester, you should also participate in Threshold, an orientation for all new undergraduate students, which will take place August 22 and 23. Check your email for details!

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.

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