New Student Orientation

We are excited you will be joining us for the experience of a lifetime. The entire Northeastern community is here to help support you as you prepare for this exciting new chapter of your life.

Undergraduate Students- International Session at Orientation

During the two-day mandatory Student Orientation on Saturday January 4th and Sunday , we will host a presentation for international students, which you are also required to attend. Staff from OGS will share important information about adjusting to life in the US and maintaining your F-1 status.

Freshman/N.U.in Student Orientation

In the event of inclement weather, program dates are subject to change.

Thursday, January 3: Move-in
Students move into their assigned residence hall. Note: this date reflects a change to the Spring move-in schedule; please adjust your travel plans accordingly. If non-refundable travel has been made for January 2, contact Housing Services at housing@northeastern.edu or 617.373.2814 to discuss the process of an ‘early arrival’ request.

Friday, January 4 – Saturday, January 5: Freshman Student Orientation
The two-day, mandatory Freshman Student Orientation program connects students with advisors in their college/program to discuss academic goals and confirm course schedules. Students will discover how to get involved and engaged in campus life, and learn about valuable resources that will assist and support them during their time at Northeastern.

Freshman Student Check-In (Mandatory): Friday, January 4

  • International Students: 9:30 – 10:00 a.m., Curry Student Center Indoor Quad
  • Domestic Students: 11:00 – 11:30 a.m., Curry Student Center Indoor Quad

A sampling of Freshman Student sessions:

  • Academic Welcome and Advising
  • Community: Residential Life, Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, NU Police Department
  • Campus Resources & Services: Health & Wellness, Title IX, Disability Resource Center, Husky Card and Dining
  • Student Involvement & Engagement: Center for Student Involvement, Center of Community Service, Athletics
  • Global & Experiential: Global Experience Office, Career Design

Parent/Family Orientation

In the event of inclement weather, program dates are subject to change.

Friday, January 4: Parent/Family Orientation
Families will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the valuable university resources available to their students. This is a one-day, optional program. When making travel arrangements, please know that once students move-in, there will be limited time to reconnect once their mandatory Orientation session begins. An informal family dinner will be provided on campus the evening of January 4; this will be the final time families spend with their students.

Parent/Family Check-In (Mandatory): 7:00 – 7:30 a.m., Curry Student Center Indoor Quad

A sampling of Parent/Family sessions:

  • Academic Welcome
  • Residential Life
  • NU Police Department
  • Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
  • University Health and Counseling Services
  • Student Financial Services
  • Husky Card and Dining Options
  • Global Experience Office
  • Career Design

View Parent/Family Orientation program schedule.


Transfer and Veteran Student Orientation

In the event of inclement weather, program dates are subject to change.

Saturday, January 5: Transfer and Veteran Student Orientation
The one-day, mandatory Transfer and Veteran Student Orientation program connects students with advisors in their college/program to discuss academic goals and confirm course schedules. Students will discover how to get involved and engaged in campus life, and learn about valuable resources that will assist and support them during their time at Northeastern.

Transfer and Veteran Student Check-In (Mandatory): 7:15 – 7:45 a.m., Curry Student Center Indoor Quad

A sampling of Transfer Student sessions:

  • Academic Welcome and Advising
  • Community: Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, NU Police Department
  • Campus Resources & Services: Off Campus Student Services, Health & Wellness, Title IX, Disability Resource Center, Husky Card
  • Student Involvement & Engagement: Center for Student Involvement, Cultural & Spiritual Life, Athletics
  • Global & Experiential: Global Experience Office, Career Design

Graduate Students (Boston Campus), Non-CPS

We are planning International Graduate Student Orientation programs to welcome you to campus, and help you learn more about being an international student at Northeastern!

For the following schools, there is a department orientation and a separate international student orientation. Both are compulsory/mandatory.

  • College of Engineering
  • College of Computer and Information Science
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • College of Arts, Media and Design
  • College of Science
  • D’Amore-McKim School of Business
  • Bouvé College of Health Sciences
  • NU School of Law (JD only)

We will have two international graduate student orientation sessions on January 8th. Students from the colleges above are required to choose and register for one orientation session listed below:

When: 01/08/2019
Where: McLeod Suites- Curry Student Center
Register here.

When: 01/08/2019
Where: McLeod Suites- Curry Student Center
Register here.

When: 01/11/2019
Where: Ballroom- 260 Curry Student Center
Register here.

When: 01/11/2019
Where: Ballroom- 260 Curry Student Center
Register here.

College of Professional Studies (CPS)- Undergraduate Students

The international student orientation programs planned by the Office of Global Services will welcome you to Northeastern University - Boston and help you learn about being an international student at Northeastern.

We will be communicating important information about your international student status; therefore, your attendance is mandatory.

International Student Orientation for Undergraduate CPS Students:

When: TBD
Where: TBD
Register TBD

College of Professional Studies (CPS)- Graduate Students

We will be communicating important information about your international student status; therefore, your attendance is mandatory.

International Student Orientation for Graduate CPS Students:

When: TBD
Where:TBD
Register TBD (Graduate Students Only)

Orientation in Seattle

Please, click here to learn more about Orientation for Seattle Campus.

Incoming International Graduate Student Webinar

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