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Victorfest 2017
Victorfest 2017

August 9, 2018– As students enjoy the final weeks of summer, Northern Kentucky University prepares for their arrival back to campus.

NKU will kick off the start of the new academic year with Victorfest, beginning August 16 with freshman move-in day. Events like FreshFusion and Paint Wars all lead up to the first day of class on August 20.

 “I’m looking forward to welcoming our new and returning students back to NKU. Their presence adds a level of energy and vibrancy that is exhilarating,” said President Ashish Vaidya. “This is also my first convocation to greet them and talk about what’s next for NKU. It’s an exciting time be a Norse.”

First-year students will attend orientation from August 16-18, including the New Student Convocation on August 16 at 4:30 at BB&T. The next two days include a mix of training about university programs and services as well as fun events, like the men’s soccer game against UK.

“Transitioning to college can be a stressful time for both first-year students and parents. To help ease their minds, a few recent graduates compiled a list of things to take care of before move in day on the 16” said Arnie Slaughter, assistant vice president for student engagement and dean of students. “That way everyone can have an enjoyable weekend leading up to the start of their college career.”

Freshman Checklist

Class of 2021 NKU's Class of 2021 after 2017's New Student Convocation

·       BOOKS: Don’t go unprepared on the first day of class. Bring your schedule to the bookstore to get your customized course materials or order online.

·       PARKING: 2018-19 academic year parking permits are now available for purchase. Click here to order yours.

·       MEAL PLAN: Sign up for an on-campus meal plan. Each plan saves 6 percent sales tax on purchases, and you don’t have to leave campus to eat.

·       NORSE ALERT: Sign up for NKU’s emergency contact system, Norse Alert, through your myNKU portal. Parents and students can select their preferences to get university notifications.

·       ONLINE TRAINING Complete Haven training prior to the first day of classes. Review your email for instructions.

·       SOCIAL MEDIA: Both parents and students can follow @nkuedu on social media for the latest updates and campus news.

Students should also look at the MyEngagement portal on to learn more about campus organizations.

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit