Northwood University Welcomes Freshmen and Their Families

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Northwood is hosting five orientations for incoming freshmen and their parents throughout the summer 2012.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University is hosting five orientations for incoming freshmen and their parents throughout the summer and they can choose which orientation is most convenient for them to attend. The dates are May 24, June 15, June 29 and July 27, 2012. The orientation date for transfer students will take place on August 22.

The purpose of freshman orientation is to give the incoming students the opportunity to meet other students, administration including Northwood President & CEO Keith Pretty and faculty on a more personal basis. This provides an opportunity to address questions and concerns they may have and to establish personal relationships. At orientation, the students will be receiving their student ID cards and will be able to register for classes with the help of Northwood University’s staff. They will also have the opportunity to meet their resident assistant, roommate and suitemates as well as receive their room assignments for the next year in order to feel more welcome and comfortable during fall move-in.

Dr. Bill Bateman, Northwood University’s Michigan campus provost, states, “Besides helping students get registered for their fall classes and become acquainted with campus life, orientation is viewed as an important ‘university holiday.’ The campus community comes together to celebrate this important event in the lives of our new students and their families. Students and their families begin building relationships with staff and faculty that often last a lifetime.”

Many great activities have been scheduled to help our new freshmen and their families adjust to college life. Both the students and their parents will be able to take tours of Northwood University’s campus and buildings learning about all the opportunities for student life and academics that are offered. Students will become familiar with student life, academics and administrative buildings. Parents will learn of all the resources that Northwood’s campus offers with a visit to the business and financial aid offices, the library, the computer labs and the Northwood bookstore.

The fall new student move-in day will be August 24, followed by Northwood’s tradition-filled welcome weekend. The first day of classes is set for Monday, August 27.

For more information, contact Marlene Hulbert, assistant to the dean of students, at or 989.837.4398.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day and evening programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.