Parents and Families
Threshold isn’t just for our incoming students — a student’s transition to college is a transition for the whole family. We know it’s full of excitement, anticipation, and lots of questions. North Park is excited to welcome the parents and families of our incoming students to campus. In fact, we’re honored to join you for this leg of your family’s journey.
Even after you leave your student on campus, the Student Engagement staff is here to serve you, the parents and families of our students, in a variety of ways. We hope you find information and resources below helpful and we encourage you to stay in touch.
This is an exciting time. Launching a student into college life is a huge step towards independence and adulthood. This is never easy, even in a typical year. This year we will need to work together even more to ensure your student’s successful transition to North Park University. The University is working diligently and carefully to plan for a safe and healthy community — both in and out of the classroom — for our students, faculty, and staff.
Due to COVID-19, the parent orientation portion of Threshold has been modified for your convenience. While you will still receive all the necessary information to navigate and support your student’s success, we have chosen to prioritize safety and will be implementing an online format for parent orientation.
One of the exciting things about North Park is that we have students from across the country and globe. With this diversity also comes varying COVID-19 guidelines which may be different than those set forth by the State of Illinois as well as varying personal views on this pandemic. We ask that everyone be understanding and respectful of each other by following the University’s health and safety protocols and are intended to protect everyone’s health. This means that while on campus each of us will need to step up and share the responsibility for protecting our own health and the health of others.
Important note: Because of physical distancing restrictions, up to 2 people are able to accompany their student to campus for the move in and check-in process.
Step 1: Information to know before you arrive on campus
The complete online orientation will be available early-August. Check back often in mid-July for more details.
- Online Parent Orientation will provide information on topics like:
- Move-in schedule
- How to Parent a College Student
- Payment Plan information
- Campus resources to support your student’s success
- And much more
Step 2: Check-in process
Online Parent Orientation will provide additional information about what the Check-in process will look like for both resident and commuter students.
Prior to arriving on campus, your student will receive several emails and reminders indicating the items that they need to complete prior to arriving on campus. Your student can get a jump on things by reviewing the items on the Next Steps page.
Additional note for resident students:
Before arriving on campus, if you need some extra things for your student’s residence, stop at one of the local stores and get what you need. We kindly ask that you only drop off items once, to reduce population density and multiple trips on and off-campus. See the Lean and Light Packing List.
We are working diligently to establish a staggered move-in schedule so you can help deliver your student’s belongings to their room and help them settle in. We are suggesting 2–3 hours per family to allow time for you and your student to settle into their residence. This will allow all families to safely move in and provide space for one another. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us adhere to the Illinois regulations for physical distancing.
Once you have gotten settled, there will be limited activities on campus. And then it will be time for a final hug and to say farewell. We will take good care of your student and look forward to staying in touch with you.
Step 3: Stay connected
It is important that you feel connected to campus and part of the North Park family. Your role in the life of your student will continue to be essential. You have supported and encouraged them up until this point and we want this to continue.
Ways to stay connected:
Disability Resources and Support Services
North Park is happy to provide accommodations and services, as well as academic support, to students with disabilities. We believe that our community is a great place for all students to succeed. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with this information and help your student ask for whatever help he or she might need.
Helping Your Student Stay Healthy
Moving to a new place, meeting new people, sitting in new classrooms—all of these activities have a way of increasing stress and students’ propensity to catch a cold. North Park University offers both a Health Services Center and Counseling Support Services to assist your student in making healthy choices for their mind and body.
As a Christian institution of higher education, North Park is committed to providing a campus environment characterized by mutual respect among students, faculty, and staff. The University does not tolerate any form of sexual violence or other offence, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or misconduct. Learn more about our policies and resources for keeping our campus and students safe.