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Tour Frequently Asked Questions


Weekday & Saturday Tours

  • What is a Norse Day Daily Visit?

Almost all visitors will fall into this category. This is a tour for families or individuals. A separate tour reservation should be filled out for each prospective student.  Schedule a Norse Day Daily Visit by going to visit.nku.edu.

  • Why does the visit website ask me my grade level?

We have customized our visits to give students and families the information they will need at the time they are visiting.

  • When are the tours?

You will have a 45 minute information session followed by an hour and 15 minute walking tour of campus.

  • What is an academic session?

An academic session is an opportunity for you to meet with representatives from your major of interest. These sessions last about 30 minutes and allow you to obtain more specific information on your major as well as ask any questions you may have. These are led by faculty and staff and take place at various locations across campus. You will receive location information at check-in for your Norse Day Daily Visit.

  • Are weekend visits/tours offered?

We have tours on select Saturdays in the Fall called Black and Gold Open House. 

  • How long does the Norse Day Daily Visit last?

Visits with an Admission presentation, tour, lunch and academic session: 3.5 to 4 hours

Visits with an Admission presentation, tour and lunch (optional): 2.5 to 3 hours 

For more information, see our 
Sample Tour Itinerary.

  • Is the tour a walking tour?

Yes, all campus tours are walking tours.

  • Who gives the tour?

The tour is given by trained current students who are able to give guest an insight into NKU’s history, university buildings, university traditions, and provide their own perspectives of the NKU student experience.

  • Is there a fee for the Norse Day Daily Visit?

No, there is not a fee for a campus tour.

  • Do we have to make a reservation for the tour?

We request that you make a reservation for a campus tour online at visit.nku.edu. This will help the Office of Admissions & Welcome Center estimate how many people will be on each tour. We try to limit the number of people so we can offer you the best campus tour experience possible. This also gives the student and their family more time to spend on campus and more opportunities to ask their admission counselor questions.

  • Can anyone come along on the tour with the student?

Absolutely! We especially encourage the parents and siblings to come along on the tour with the prospective student.

  • What are the busiest times for Norse Day Daily Visits?
    • The fall semester (August - December) is always the busiest season for tours.
    • In the spring, March and April are usually the busiest months.
    • Monday and Friday are generally the busiest days of the week because of their proximity to the weekend.
    • Please remember, many high schools all over the country often take the same holidays. These days are a great time to visit our campus; however, they can fill up quickly. To ensure your spot on a tour, make a reservation today.

Scheduling Your Visit

  • How can I schedule a campus visit?

You may schedule a tour by registering at visit.nku.edu.

  • How will my visit reservation be confirmed?

You will receive a confirmation e-mail if you provide a valid e-mail address to us when scheduling your tour. This e-mail contains very important information about your visit. Please print this e-mail for your records. It contains your visit check-in information and parking instructions.

  • Where can I find a list of hotels in the area?

 

Changing Your Visit

  • I've scheduled a visit online. What if I need to change my day/time or cancel my reservation?

Since this action cannot be performed online, you should call our office at (859)572-1400 to see if your reservation can be moved to another day or time that is not already full. We can also cancel your visit reservation if you are not able to come. Cancelling your tour allows your space(s) to open up to other visitors. Please DO NOT submit another tour request to cancel a tour; doing so makes a duplicate tour reservation.

Before You Arrive

  • What if it is raining / planning to rain for my tour?

Our tours leave rain or shine, cold or hot, so make sure you're comfortable as you walk around our beatutiful campus. Your confirmation email will include a link for an update on weather at NKU. Dress for the tour is casual. Remember, the tour is a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes! For tours during the summer months, you may want to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen or a combination of all three. If rain is in the forecast, don't forget an umbrella or poncho!

  • Can we get a campus map and directions?

Your confirmation e-mail will have website links with driving directions and parking instructions, or you can click https://www.nku.edu/campusmaps.html. For an online campus map (with a printable PDF format) click https://www.nku.edu/content/dam/nkuhome/docs/OCT%202014%202D%20Campus%20Map%20Download%20Sheet%208.5x11.pdf.

  • Where do I park?

Guest parking is in the Welcome Center Visitor Lot and the Welcome Center Garage.

  • Can we talk to someone one-on-one?

Your Norse Day Daily Visit presentation will be given by and admissions counselor. You will have time after the presentation to ask any additional questions you may have. If you feel you will need additional time with an admissions counselor, we encourage you to request a meeting with an admissions counselor prior to registering for a visit by contacting our Welcome Center at (859)572-1400. You may decide to meet before or after the information session/campus tour.

  • What about meeting with someone in a department in which we are interested?

If you choose to register for an academic session with your visit, you will be meeting with representatives from your major of interest. If you know that you would like to meet with someone in an academic major  outside of an academic session, we strongly recommend that you make an appointment with that specific college BEFORE you arrive to campus. 

To obtain more information for a specific college, please contactour Welcome Center at (859)572-1400.

Group Tours

About Large Group Tours

  • What is a Group Visit?

This tour is for large groups of high school or college-aged students who are visiting campus together. Group tours can also be arranged to include an information session with an admissions counselor and a tour of campus.

  • When are Group Visits offered?

Group visits are offered throughout the year. Please contact Maribeth Carskadon to schedule a Group Visit.

Do you provide Group Visits on the weekend?

No. A tour during the week when classes are in session will provide prospective students with a much better perspective of life as a NKU student.

  • What grade levels can take a group tour?

High school grades 10th - 12th or college transfer students can be accommodated.

  • How long does the Group Visit last?

Our group visits begin with a 30 minute Admissions presentation followed by a walking tour of campus that will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  • Who gives the tour?

The tour is given by trained current students who are able to give guest an insight into NKU’s history, university buildings, university traditions, and provide their own perspectives of the NKU student experience.

  • Is there a fee for the Group Visit?

No, there is no fee for the tour.

  • Do we have to make a reservation  for the tour?

Yes, you must make a reservation for a Group Visit. Please contact Maribeth Carskadon to request a Group Visit and include the following information:

  • How will my tour reservation be confirmed?
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    • Contact information (name, address, phone number)
    • School or organization name
    • Grade level and number of students attending
    • Date(s) you would like to visit NKU

Group tours tend to fill up quickly, we recommend your group representative contact us a couple of months before the time you want to come visit. You will receive a confirmation email when we have confirmed the tour date and time you want to come is available. The confirmation email contains very important information about your visit.

Changing your tour

  • Can I change the day or time of a Group Tour?

We will try to accommodate your request depending on availability. Please email Maribeth Carskadon to see if your request can be honored.

Before you arrive

  • What if it is raining or predicted to rain during my tour?

Our tours leave rain or shine, cold or hot, so make sure you and your students are comfortable as you walk around our beautiful campus. Dress for the tour is casual. Remember, the tour is a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes! For tours during the summer months, you may want to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen or a combination of all three. If rain is in the forecast, don't forget an umbrella or poncho!.

  • Can we get a campus map and directions? Your confirmation e-mail will have website links with driving directions and parking instructions, or you can click https://www.nku.edu/campusmaps.html. For an online campus map (with a printable PDF format) click https://www.nku.edu/content/dam/nkuhome/docs/OCT%202014%202D%20Campus%20Map%20Download%20Sheet%208.5x11.pdf. What about parking?