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Amidst the changing dynamics of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the safety of our students, prospective students, faculty, staff and visitors remains our number one priority. Out of an abundance of caution, all summer Northern Exposure: Registration dates hosted by NKU's Office of Admissions will be virtual!

For Fall 2020, Extended Orientation will be a virtual experience. During the Extended Orientation (August 14-15), first-time freshman will go to our exciting New Student Convocation, learn how to get involved on campus, and will meet plenty of upperclassmen they can learn from!

Northern Exposure fee: All incoming new students are required to pay a Northern Exposure fee. For the summer of 2020 only, the Northern Exposure fee for students has been reduced to $50 and the guest fee is waived.

Please visit the Office of Admissions COVID-19 website for up-to-date information. 

New Student Orientation

You've worked hard to get here, and you should be proud! We are here to help you figure out your next steps and keep moving forward. We can't wait to meet you!

Welcome to Norse Nation!

Large group of students at Northern Exposure


  • While registration and orientation is mandatory for all incoming students, we do have separate programs for new first time freshmen, post-traditional/veterans, and transfers.
  • During the one day Registration Day over the summer, new students will not only register for classes, but they will learn the in's and out's of NKU, get to meet other first-time freshman, and get more information about their specific college and their major!
  • During the Extended Orientation right before classes start, first-time freshman will go to our exciting New Student Convocation, learn how to get involved on campus, and will meet plenty of upperclassmen they can learn from!

Parent & Family Programs

Families who are knowledgeable about campus resources and involved in their student's education are a key factor in helping students to succeed in college. As a family member of an NKU student, it is important for you to get involved and stay informed in order to best support your student's education, as well as their transition to adulthood. We offer multiple ways for you to help your student succeed. You can find out more here.




8:00am - Virtual Playfair – The Ultimate Ice Breaker and Small Group Meeting 1 with VGs

10:15am - Break

11:00am - New Student Convocation

12:00pm - Break

12:30pm - Secret to Student Success

1:15pm - Lunch Break

2:20pm - Creating an Inclusive Community

3:15pm - Academic Adventures with Your College


9:30am - Small Group Meeting 2 with VGs

10:00am - Student Conduct & Safety

11:00am - It’s On Us NKU

12:00pm - Freshman DisOrientation

1:00pm - Lunch Break

2:00pm - FRESHFUSION - Student Engagement


*All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing after the date.

*After the sessions, students will log into Canvas and complete a short quiz about each session to receive full credit for attending.

Individual Classroom Tours by appointment– Saturday afternoon and Sunday



Federal legislation requires institutions of higher education to inform prospective members of our community about its most recent crime/incident statistics; crime prevention; security programs and activities; policies concerning the reporting of crime; and related information in accordance with the Campus Security Act, commonly referred to as the Clery Act. Upon request, you can obtain a paper copy of the university’s Annual Campus Security Reports by contacting the NKU Police Department, 419 Old Johns Hill Road, Highland Heights, KY 41099 or calling 859-572-5746. This information is also available on the NKU Police Department’s website at