First-Year Orientation Registration

We are excited to welcome you to Northeastern’s family! First-Year Orientation is your first step to familiarizing yourself with Northeastern, meeting our students, staff and faculty, and getting used to college life.

All freshmen must attend First-Year Orientation. It’s important that you attend Orientation after taking your placement tests, as you will need your scores to register for your first semester of classes when you meet with an advisor.

First-Year Orientation is a full day of activities. Be sure to check out the schedule on the next tab. Remember to come prepared to enjoy the whole day – there’s a lot to learn!

Registering for Orientation

Once you complete your placement test, you will receive a link to register for orientation. If you did not register for your Orientation date during Placement Testing or need to reschedule, please contact New Student and Family Programs, (773) 442-5476 or

Please keep in mind that there will be a $70 non-refundable fee added to your first semester’s tuition bill.

We look forward to seeing you at First-Year Orientation. Congratulations, Golden Eagle, you’re on your way to academic success!

Schedule of Activities for First-Year Orientation

The schedule of activities below is for students entering in Fall 2018 at the Main Campus.

All activities begin with check-in held in the Student Union, Alumni Hall.

Time and Activity

8:30 a.m.    
Check-in and pre-event activities (Please arrive on time in order to have your Northeastern ID photo taken)

10:00 a.m. 
Opening activities

11:00 a.m.
Campus tour

11:45 a.m.

12:30 p.m.
College 101 – An introduction to college life

1:00 p.m.
Advising and Financial Aid

2:00 p.m.
Advising and Financial Aid

3:00 p.m.
Closing activities

4:00 p.m.
End of Orientation

First-Year Orientation is held on the Main Campus, the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and El Centro. Please see the locations and dates below.


Main Campus

First-Year Orientation is held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Northeastern's Main Campus in the Student Union, Alumni Hall.


  • Friday, June 8
  • Friday, June 15
  • Friday, June 22
  • Friday, June 29


  • Friday, July 13
  • Friday, July 20
  • Friday, July 27


  • Friday, August 10
  • Friday, August 17

Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

First-Year Orientation at the Carruthers Center is only for students enrolled at the Carruthers Center.


  • Wednesday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


  • Wednesday, August 15, from 4 to 7 p.m.

El Centro

First-Year Orientation at El Centro is only for students enrolled at El Centro.

Dates will be listed soon.