North Central College - Naperville, IL

First Year Orientation

Your first year sets the tone for your entire college career. We have an exciting and comprehensive vision for this important transition year–we call it the First-Year Experience (FYE). It goes beyond Summer Orientation and Welcome Week and includes all the keys to your success: Building a strong relationship with your faculty mentor, engaging in your FYE 100 course and taking advantage of unique opportunities during December Term. We don’t just give you a map—we walk with you every step of the way.


Your immersion into campus culture will begin with a one-day Summer Orientation and Registration program. It’s an exciting time of introductions—you’ll meet lots of new friends and classmates, get acquainted with our helpful orientation staff, your faculty and first-year mentors and your academic advisor. You’ll also register for your fall term classes and gain access to all of our technology services. You’ll be a certified Cardinal!

CARDINAL CAMPS 2017 [August 31 - September 4, 2017]

Sign up for a Cardinal Camp to get a valuable jump-start to your college experience.  From the City of Chicago to the Northwoods of Wisconsin to the deserts of Utah, each unique opportunity is designed to connect you with new friends, faculty and staff while introducing the foundational values that are integral to a North Central College education.  Shared moments of adventure, discussion, exploration and service provide an unforgettable immersion into life as a Cardinal – a life that will be shaped into an “informed, involved, principled and productive” leader.  Check out our Fall 2016 Cardinal Camp options.

WELCOME WEEK 2017 [September 6-10]

If you are a resident student, you’ll be met by an energetic throng of students, staff and alumni when you pull up to the curb the week before classes. They will make the move-in process literally “no sweat.”  If you are commuting to campus in your first year, you'll be met by that same excitement as you check in on September 7th. Then, a whirlwind week of excitement begins.

We’ll cover the nuts and bolts to ensure you’re fully acquainted and equipped with everything you need—ID cards, class schedules, books and maps. But you’ll also get a jump-start on our academic environment through your FYE 100 course and you'll experience a jam-packed schedule of fun and exploration that takes you from downtown Naperville to downtown Chicago. You’ll enjoy music, comedians, competitions, service projects and even a Casino Night.

Most importantly, we’ll introduce you to the values, mission and traditions that have made North Central a special place for more than 150 years. From the formal opening Convocation to the century-old Torch Light Parade—and the ensuing pep rally of epic proportions—you’ll quickly learn why “North Central is the school we love.” Click here for the full schedule.