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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 a half-day 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.  

Freshman talking to Athletics at Fresh Fusion
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STEP 1: ATTEND NORTHERN EXPOSURE AND VICTORFEST

All recent high school graduates are required to complete a Northern Exposure: Orientation program and the first two days of VictorFest.

All Northern Exposure: Orientation dates for 2021 are complete. If you were unable to participate and still need to meet this requirement, email orientation@nku.edu to be added to SCOOP (Student Centered Online Orientation Program.)

Students need to be on campus Friday, August 20th (9am EST to 4:30pm EST) and Saturday, August 21st (9am EST to 3pm EST) for the first two days of VictorFest. Students will be placed in a small group and spend Friday and Saturday rotating through educational sessions, teambuilding activities, and New Student Convocation. If you are unable to participate fully on these two days, please email orientation@nku.edu to learn more about how to complete this requirement.

New Student Checklist

You can download a copy of the checklist by clicking here.

Northern Exposure: Orientation Schedule

Pick A Day

Below is the schedule for Northern Exposure: Orientation. Please note that VictorFest is Friday, August 20th from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Saturday, August 21st from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Individual Day Schedules

Northern Exposure AM Student Track

8:00 AM - Check In

9:00 AM - Welcome to Norse Nation

9:15 AM - Small Group – Getting to Know You/Technology on Campus

10:15 AM – Life Outside the Classroom

11:00 AM - Academic Expectations

12:00 PM - Check Out

12:00 PM – OPTIONAL: Campus Tours, Housing Tours, and Student Engagement Fair

Northern Exposure AM Family Track

8:00 AM - Check In

9:00 AM - Welcome to the Family

9:15 AM – Lets Get Down to Business

10:15 AM - Advise, Guide, but Don’t Decide

11:00 AM - Academic Expectations

12:00 PM - Check Out

12:00 PM - OPTIONAL: Campus Tours, Housing Tours, and Student Engagement Fair

Northern Exposure PM Student Track

1:00 PM - Check In

2:00 PM - Welcome to Norse Nation

2:15 PM - Small Group – Getting to Know You/Technology on Campus

3:15 PM – Life Outside the Classroom

4:00 PM - Academic Expectations

5:00 PM - Check Out

OPTIONAL: Campus Tours, Housing Tours

Northern Exposure PM Family Track

1:00 PM - Check In

2:00 PM - Welcome to the Family

2:15 PM – Lets Get Down to Business – Student Account Services Presentation

3:15 PM - Advise, Guide, but Don’t Decide

4:00 PM - Academic Expectations

5:00 PM - Check Out

5:00 PM - OPTIONAL: Campus Tours, Housing Tours

 

STEP 2: PAY YOUR NORTHERN EXPOSURE FEE

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."