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NORTHERN EXPOSURE: Orientation and Victorfest

NKU's Orientation consists consists of BOTH Northern Exposure: Orientation and Victorfest. These two programs are designed to help students and families get to know NKU on a deeper level. You will meet with faculty and staff, get to know some of your new classmates, as well as current students; learn about university resources; and register for your fall classes. You will leave Northern Exposure: Orientation and Victorfest with a better understanding of what life will be like as a Norse! As a reminder, once you have paid the $75.00 Enrollment Confirmation Fee, you will be invited to sign up for Northern Exposure: Orientation. You may not register for your Registration date until you pay your Enrollment Confirmation Fee. 


  1. NORTHERN EXPOSURE: ORIENTATION is an experience that happens in June, July, and early August- you get to pick your date based on your major! Academic Advising is also linked to your Orientation Experience, but will happen outside of your selected Orientation date. Be sure to keep any eye on your email over the summer for information on how to schedule a meeting with your academic advisor!
  2. VICTORFEST is an extended experience right before classes begin in August! Freshman will finish their orientation experience, learn how to get involved on campus, and will be able to meet more faculty, staff, and upperclassmen! There will also be fun and exciting events that are also a part of Victorfest that freshman can go to once the school year starts if they want.

Both Northern Exposure: Orientation AND VictorFest are mandatory for all incoming freshmen.  



All recent high school graduates are required to complete a Northern Exposure: Orientation program and the first two days of VictorFest. Northern Exposure: Orientation will be held through out June, July, and August and specific dates can be found below. 

Northern Exposure: VictorFest will be held the Friday before the fall semester starts. Students will be placed in a small group and spend the day rotating through educational sessions, teambuilding activities, and New Student Convocation. If you are unable to participate fully on this day, please email to learn more about how to complete this requirement.


Since the beginning of the school year is coming up, that means VictorFest is coming up, too! VictorFest is part of Northern Exposure and is required for all first time students who are under the age of 21. These students will need to attend the mandatory sessions of VictorFest, which they will be led to in their groups throughout the day. If you are a first time student who is unable to attend, please be sure you have completed all modules at


VictorFest Schedules

*Please check back at a later date for the daily schedules*



Each student participating in Northern Exposure: Orientation is required to pay the $100 fee. You can pay your Northern Exposure Fee by logging into your MyNKU account, then select "Student Self Service," and then select "Northern Exposure Payment."