Winter Welcome Week

Greetings from the Student Development Office!

The time is quickly approaching when you will bring your student to NCU. While there is a great deal of excitement that comes with this event, there is also a natural bit of anxiety about what type of experience he or she will have.

I want to assure you that we are thoughtfully and prayerfully planning for your student’s first few days on campus. Our Winter Welcome Week program is designed to not only orient your student to campus, but also to help your student find his or her place here on our campus. Our goal is to see new students integrated into campus life as smoothly as possible.

We know that for many of you, traveling to NCU may mean missing work or ministry obligations; however, this is one of the most important times in your child’s life. Your son or daughter will greatly appreciate the effort you make to be a part Winter Welcome Days. We also encourage you to join us January 12.

The admissions office will be in contact with your student in the next few weeks in regards to housing, financial aid, bill payment, and other pertinent topics. Please take time to be involved in this process, as your student’s college experience begins before they arrive on campus.

If there are any specific questions you have before the time you arrive on campus, please do not hesitate to call our office at 612.343.4456 or email me.

Chelcy Walker

When should I arrive?

Incoming students and their families should plan to arrive at North Central for check-in on January 12 according to the following schedule:

Last Names    Check-in Time
A-G    9:00 a.m.
H-Q   10:00 a.m.
R-Z   11:00 a.m.

How do I check in to my residence hall?

All students will begin the check-in process in the Atrium of the Trask Word and Worship Center. Once you have completed the check-in process, our student leaders will assist you in receiving your keys and moving into your room.

Can I move into my room before January 12, 2015?

All incoming students may move into their housing assignment on January 12, 2015. If an extracurricular activity requires you to be on campus before this date you will be contacted by the appropriate department for those arrangements.

How can I find out about my roommate(s)?

When your application is received by our Housing Coordinator, your housing placement should be completed within five business days. You will then receive your roommate information via your NCU e-mail address. You may also check your housing status on Unet at any time.

When should commuter students arrive?

All commuter students should check-in between 2pm and 3pm on January 12, 2015 in the Student Life office (Miller Hall). Following check in we encourage you to purchase your books before the evening activities. The commuter lounge will be open for any free time you might have.

Parents: should they come or not?

Yes! Parents should plan on being with their student during the entire check-in process. Parents are encouraged to join the Family Orientation and dinner during the evening as well.

If you have further questions please feel free to contact Chelcy Walker via email or phone 612.343.4456.

We are excited to welcome our new students and their families to campus! We want to empower you with tools, resources, and information to equip you for your journey at North Central. In order to provide the best experience possible, please let us know how many people will be coming with you to Winter Welcome Week.


Monday, January 12

9:00 a.m. - noon
New Students Arrive and Check In
WWC Atrium  
  During this session, staff and student leaders will guide you through the process of checking in, picking up Mail Center box numbers and keys, taking an ID photo, and moving into your dorm room/apartment.
noon - 1:30 p.m.
  A complimentary lunch will be provided for you and two family members.
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  This time is open for you to settle-in to your residence hall or apartment, set-up your computer on NCU's network, register your vehicle in the Security office (if applicable), and purchase your books in the NCU bookstore.
4:00 p.m.
Commuter Check-In
Student Life Office 
  Our Student Life Staff will guide you through the process of checking in, picking up Mail Center box numbers and keys (if desired), taking an ID photo, registering for parking, and purchasing books at the bookstore.
5:00 p.m.
Welcome Dinner
  Join us for a complimentary dinner and meet the Welcome Week staff, NCU Administration, and student leaders.
6:00 p.m.
Family - Orientation & Q/A
  Family members can stay in the Chapel for an informative Parent Orientation session and Q/A with some of our University Administration. Our goal is to make you feel informed and prepared to empower your students to succeed here at NCU.

Students - Meet your Peer Mentor
  Students will meet their Peer Mentor, an upperclassman who will walk with you through your transition to life at NCU through Welcome Week and the Foundations of Leadership cohort, and begin to get to know each other.
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free Time/Commuter Students Released
8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Evening Activity


Tuesday, January 13

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast (optional)
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Free Time
10:00 a.m.
Individual Faculty/Student Advising Appointments
(if scheduled)
See Appointment Card 
  During this time, you will meet one-on-one with a faculty member from your College. You will receive your exact appointment card during check-in on Monday morning.
Lunch with Peer Mentors
Meet in the Atrium 
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
"Your Life: Our Mission" Tour
  Follow your Peer Mentor to get a tour of campus life and services.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Free Time / Shopping Shuttles
  NCU vans will meet at 2:15 p.m. in front of the Atrium to drive students to and from Target to pick up any needed college supplies.
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Coffee with Facilitators and Peer Mentors
Meet in the Atrium 
  Students can go to a nearby local coffee shop for free coffee and conversation with their Foundations of Leadership Facilitator and Peer Mentor.
5:00 p.m.
Dinner with Resident Advisor (RA) and Discipleship Leaders (DLs)
  Get to know the leadership in your living area! If you live in the dorms, meet on your floor. If you live in the apartments, meet in the apartment RD office (Clay Commons).
6:30 p.m.
Free Time / Prepare for Class

Wednesday, January 14

NCU Spring Classes Begin!
10:00 p.m.
Praise Gathering Sanctuary