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:


Registration and Advising

You must register below and participate in a virtual advising appointment with a professional academic advisor before your scheduled on-campus HOWL orientation. After HOWL registration, you will receive instructions to create your Northern e-mail address and password.

You must register and attend your virtual advising appointment before attending your on-campus HOWL orientation.

Register for HOWL



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

Questions? Visit the resources below.

What You Need to Know