The first few days of your first year can prove to be some of the most important of your college experience. This is why we strive to make these first days as exciting, informative, and unique as possible. This year we’ve adjusted our traditional programming a bit to make your welcome experience as safe as possible .

Northland’s 2020 first-year orientation program has two main components:

  • Outdoor Orientation a 7-day on-and-off campus adventure experience showcasing the Northland community and the beautiful Chequamegon Bay region. This includes one on-boarding day with your family.
  • First-Year Experience Course a semester-long course taken during your first semester at Northland. Think of it as Life-Hacks 101.

Northland orientation programs are required for all first-year students and for transfer students with fewer than 24 transfer credits. Transfer students arriving at Northland with more than 24 credits are required to participate in a separate orientation experience designed specifically for transfer students.

Incoming athletes who play a fall contact sport (soccer and volleyball) will have a custom Outdoor Orientation experience prior to the start of pre-season practice. All other student athletes will participate in the Outdoor Orientation described above.

Find your move-in dates and details below.

Important Dates & Detials

You will be given a specific move-in and on-boarding appointment time. To keep everyone as safe as possible, it is important that you and your family respect these appointment times.

You will also be receiving information about your pre-orientation virtual session that we ask you complete before arriving on campus.

First-Year Students

Move-In Days: Aug 22 or Aug 23
Residential life will work with you to coordinate your pre-scheduled move-in date, time, and key pick-up. You will be moved into your residence hall room prior to any on-boarding activities.
On-boarding Day: Aug 24
You and your family will join in welcome activities including appointments with key campus offices and kicking off your Northland experience. Parents, please plan to be on campus until the completion of your student’s on-boarding appointments. Lunch will be provided for students and family members.
Outdoor Orientation: Aug 25-30
You will meet your Outdoor Orientation leader directly following your on-boarding appointments, so be ready to get started!

Soccer & Volleyball Athletes

Move-In Days: Aug 8 men’s soccer and Aug 9 women’s soccer and volleyball
On-boarding Day: Aug 24
Outdoor Orientation: Aug 10-11

Transfer Students

Not participating in Outdoor Orientation.
Move-In Days: Aug 26
On-boarding Day: Aug 27

Explore Outdoor Orientation

Due to COVID-19, our 2020 OO experience has been redesigned slightly  to offer you a safe, campus-based introduction to Northland and the surrounding area. After your one day on-boarding session, we’ll have six days to get out and explore our region with a variety of outdoor based activities. We will be returning to campus at the end of each day.

All OO experiences are student led. We have a fabulous group of competent leaders that undergo group facilitation, backcountry skills, and wilderness medicine training. This year’s experiences will still be as whacky and fun as ever!

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First-Year Experience Course

Making a smooth transition to college life is an important step in achieving success at college and at Northland College. The First Year Experience course will get you started on the right path by connecting you to the richness and diversity of college life.

This semester-long course is taken during your first semester at Northland College. It is designed to help you build connections with peers and professionals on campus, learn college‐level academic expectations, develop a sense of personal and social responsibility, and cultivate a sense of place on campus and in the Chequamegon Bay area. All students will be automatically enrolled in this course when registering for your first semester of classes. Transfer students, transferring at least 24 credits, are not enrolled in the course unless requested.

Each course section has fourteen to eighteen students and an upper-class student mentor.  You will have opportunities to get to know your fellow classmates and participate in a variety of planned events and activities both on campus and in the local region.

The goals of the FYE course are:

  • Assist students in making a smooth transition to college life
  • Help students develop a sense of belonging at Northland College
  • Equip students with the tools to be successful in their academic, social, and personal lives
  • Prepare students to be successful in their classes by familiarizing them with the structure, culture, and resources
  • Build our students’ competence and confidence in the use of self-reflection as a tool for growth in their personal, social, and academic lives
  • Cultivate students’ abilities to think critically about academic content in order to be productive scholars in their academic pursuits
  • Teach students to value diverse experiences and perspectives, and to voice their own ideas in diverse contexts