It's time to HOWL!

New students participate in HOWL (Helping Our Wolves Learn). HOWL is an important step in the transition to college - for students, parents and families.

HOWL Orientation is required of all new students. HOWL is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with Northern and be ready to join the Pack. 

During HOWL, you will:

  • Get to know classmates
  • Set up your first-semester schedule
  • Meet your academic advisor
  • Have a sample class with a professor
  • Get your Pack Pass
  • Connect with current Northern students
  • Discuss your financial aid
  • Tour residence halls
  • Become part of the Pack!




HOWL Orientation Steps

HOWL orientation has two required components:


Pre-HOWL Online Orientation and Advising

Pre-HOWL Online Orientation will help you navigate your transition to Northern and provide valuable information about your Northern experience. You must complete the pre-HOWL modules and participate in a virtual meeting with a professional academic advisor before your scheduled HOWL on-campus event. 

Pre-HOWL is hosted in Desire2Learn (D2L), Northern's learning management system. During online orientation, you'll be introduced to Northern; prepare for your HOWL day; and become familiar with D2L.

Pre-HOWL will also cover:

  • Northern technology
  • First-year seminar
  • Advising inventory
  • Community connections

You can work through Pre-HOWL at your own pace. Reminder: You must complete all activities in Pre-HOWL before attending your on-campus HOWL program.


On-Campus HOWL Orientation

In this component, an orientation leader will guide your small group through a day of exciting and informative activities. 

In on-campus HOWL you will:

  • Learn about life on campus
  • Meet other new students
  • Explore campus resources
  • Confirm your classes with your professional academic advisor
  • Tour residence halls


Register for HOWL


Questions? visit the resources below.

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