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.
We are excited to have you join the NPU Family!
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 Registration Days. This will be a great way 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 27–29.
Check back often for updates.
Threshold Schedule Overview*
*Schedule is subject to change
Friday, August 27
8 am–12 pm: Welcome Center
New Resident Students:
Resident Move-in & check-in for new resident students will be August 27, between 8 am–10:30 am, Old Main. You will receive an individual email from Residence Life and Housing detailing the time and process for you to move into campus housing.
New Commuter Students:
North Park’s commuter students are an integral part of our campus community. Use the time during Threshold: New Student Orientation to get to know your future classmates, the campus, and get ready for a great year at North Park.
Commuter Check-in will be August 27, between 10 am–11 am, Old Main, with a Commuter Student Only program at 11 am.
12 pm–5 pm: Opening Activities for students and parents
5 pm–6 pm: Dinner with Orientation Leaders (All Students only)
7 pm: Community Life Meeting (Resident Students only)
Saturday, August 28
8 am–11 pm: Placement Testing
11 am–5:30 pm: A variety of events and activities on campus, around campus and in Chicago!
Sunday, August 29
8 am–10 am: Opportunities to worship in local churches
10:30 am–12:30 pm: Brunch
2 pm–5 pm: Local shopping trips
7 pm–8:30 pm: College Life
8:30 pm–10:00 pm: University Ministries Ice Cream Social
*Schedule is subject to change
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.
Be sure to also explore special first-year program options to get connected on campus.
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 Evaluation, the registration process, or what life is like at North Park.
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 24–26, 2021. 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.
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.