North Central College - Naperville, IL

Transfer Welcome Week Schedule

Wednesday, September 9

8 a.m. - noon New Student Move-In

All Residence Halls

The Cardinal Move-In Crew—including campus leaders and members of our nationally ranked football team—will help youget settled in your residence hall room.

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration Confirmation and Parking Permits

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Centennial Hall

Confirm that all paperwork and payments are up-to-date. Complete the parking permit application process and receive your parking permit.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Cardinal First Family Continental Breakfast

Wentz Concert Hall Lobby 

This welcome breakfast is for all incoming first-generation college students* and their parents. Students will meet several Cardinal First Ambassadors (upperclass first-generation students), faculty/staff who were first-generation college students and Julie Carballo, Director of First Generation Programs.  *first-generation student defined as neither parent having a four-year degree

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Picnic Lunch

Old Main Lawn (rain location Res/Rec)

You and your family are welcome to enjoy a picnic lunch with the campus community. If you choose to dine in downtown Naperville, we encourage you to take advantage of the special offers provided by local restaurants. You can find these special offers in your Welcome Week packet.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Teach First Luncheon

Residence Hall/ Recreation Center, Third Floor

This lunch and program overview event are for all incoming first-year and transfer Teach First students and their families. Participants will meet the Teach First Leadership Team and Julie Carballo, Teach First Director. If you have questions contact

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Commuter Student Check-In and Open House

The Rolland Center Boilerhouse Cafe

Students living off campus will check in and receive all Welcome Week materials. Stay and meet the Commuter Student Services staff as well!

1:30 - 3 p.m. Opening Convocation

Pfeiffer Hall

Join in this traditional celebration with your family, where you are formally welcomed into the North Central academic community.

3:15 - 4:15 p.m. President’s Reception for Parents and Family Members

President’s Lawn – 409 E. Chicago Ave.

Mingle with Dr. Troy Hammond, President, and staff members from various areas of campus.

3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Academic Department Receptions for Students

Meet faculty and other students in your academic interest area.

3:30 - 5 p.m. Boilerhouse Open House

Rolland Center Boilerhouse Cafe

Commuter Student Services welcomes our newest students. Come and meet our Commuter Assistants while enjoying light snacks and friendly conversation.

5 - 7 p.m. Opening Meetings and Dinner

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, The Cage and Jefferson Lounge

Meet your respective Resident Assistant (RA) and Commuter Assistant (CA), learn about campus services and upcoming events. Resident Student meetings will be in Jefferson Lounge, and Commuter Students will meet at the Harold and Eva White Activities Center. Resident and commuter students will eat dinner at The Cage. 

  5-6 p.m. 6-7 p.m.
Commuters Meeting Dinner
Residents Dinner Meeting

7 - 7:45 p.m. Group Meetings

Various Locations

Join your Orientation Leaders and Resident Assistant or Commuter Assistant (CA), who will provide you with an overview of Welcome Week. You will also have a chance to get acquainted with other transfer students.

8 - 10 p.m. Torchlight Celebration

Pfeiffer Hall

A kickoff to a night of North Central College traditions, the Torchlight Parade dates back to 1912! Hear about the College motto Lux Veritas in a night dedicated to North Central College traditions and inspiring school spirit, including North Central’s fight song, Alma Mater, and more.

10 - 11 p.m. Bonfire

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, South Lawn behind stadium

Enjoy a bonfire with fellow students. Make your own s'mores! 


Thursday, September 10

8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Breakfast with your Group

Kaufman Dining Hall & Cage

Meet with your group for breakfast. Your OL will tell you a time and location to meet for breakfast.

9:30 - 11:05 a.m. Group Rotations

Student Panel:

 Here directly from other transfer students about their experiences in getting acclimated to North Central College.

Technology Training:

Learn about campus technology, receive a tutorial of Merlin, Blackboard and Novell email.

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Be a Better Bystander

Pfeiffer Hall

As a North Central student, you are responsible for helping keep our campus and each other safe. Carin Silkaitis, assistant professor of theatre, empowers you to use bystander strategies and intoduces you to the Green Dot movement.

12:20 - 2:25 p.m. Group Rotations 


 Enjoy a lunch with your group at The Cage - North Central's a la carte service in White Activities Center.

Academic Adjustment:

 The Director of Advising will use your program evaluation to better your understanding of the curriculum and graduation requirements specific to North Central College.

Making the Most of Your Cardinal Experience:

Want to get the most out of your college experience? Learn about all the opportunities to engage with campus outside of class.

2:30 - 4 p.m. “Solo Cup Culture”

Wentz Concert Hall

Jake Byczkowski shares his personal story using videos, interviews, audience interaction and humor to convey the importance of partying smart and keeping friends safe. He sheds light on common-sense decision-making tools, helping students to party safely, should students decide to make that choice.

4 - 6 p.m. Boho Hangout

Rolland Center Boilerhouse Cafe

Looking for a place to kill time with new friends? Check out student performers, play games and enjoy fondue!

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner

Kaufman Dining Hall

Enjoy dinner with your group or with friends.

7:30 - 11 p.m.  Casino Night

Wentz Concert Hall and Madden Theatre Lobbies

With $1,000 in prizes the odds are in your favor, you just have to join in the game. Fun favorites like Poker, Roulette, Craps, and Blackjack along with some free food: it’s sure to be a good night.


Friday, September 11

8 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast with your Group

Kaufman Dining Hall, Cage & Boilerhouse

Meet with your group for breakfast. Your FYM will tell you a time and location to meet for breakfast.

9 - 10 a.m. Theatre of the Oppressed

Pfeiffer Hall

Members of our theatre faculty lead all new students in an exploration of eliminating oppression. Short scenes will depict situations that could occur on our campus and the audience will work to find a solution.

10:15 - 10:55 a.m. Library

Oesterle Library, Lobby

Members of the Library staff will provide insight on the best ways to utilize the library facilities and the resources.

11 - 11:45 a.m. Group Closing Meeting

Various Locations

Recap the week with your group and give feedback on the week's events.

12 - 2 p.m. Lunch

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Centennial Hall

Enjoy lunch with your group or with friends at our Resource Fair. Learn more about involvement opportunities and services available to you on campus!

12 - 1 p.m. Nutritionist

Wentz Concert Hall and Lobby

Requirement for all first-year student athletes. Nutritionist Kate Davis MS, RD, CSSD, LDN will speak to the importance of a well-balanced diet and lifestyle during the transition into your first year of collegiate athletics.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Service Fair

Jefferson Commons

Members of the Naperville community will be on hand to share service opportunities within their agencies.  Plus, participate in hands-on service opportunities.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Scavenger Hunt

Meet in Jefferson Commons

Grab some friends to compete in a campus-wide scavenger hunt! Come anytime. Winners will be based on completion times.

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner

Kaufman Dining Hall

Enjoy dinner with your group or with friends.

7 - 8:30 p.m. The Union

129 W. Benton Avenue  

Free for Students
Enjoy a night of music at The Union; a venue for social change. Performing this evening is Walking Shapes, the living and breathing result of a unique creative environment, centered in a house on Kingsland Avenue in Brooklyn owned by visual artist Joseph Grazi, which frequents creative types such as actors, artists, musicians. Walking Shapes has been featured in publications including Spin, Interview Magazine, Earmilk, MTV, Village Voice, Revolt, The Wild Magazine, Bullett and more.

9 - 11:30 p.m. Friday Night Program Film: "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

Pfeiffer Hall

Join other students for the kick-off of Residence Life’s Friday Night Programs. The feature film presentation is "Avengers: Age of Ultron." This sequel to the smash-hit comic-book epic "The Avengers" finds the iconic superhero team dealing with a threat of their own making: a sentient robot called Ultron, who was originally designed as part of a peacekeeping program.


Saturday, September 12

9:30 - 11 a.m. Service Experience: Into the Streets

Wentz Concert Hall Lobby

Join in this optional service experience right in our neighborhood. Sign up online at Continental breakfast provided.

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Brunch

Kaufman Dining Hall

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Football Fan Fest

Championship Plaza

Join in the games, food and music in Championship Plaza before the football game.

1 - 4 p.m. Football Game

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium

Come cheer on the nationally ranked football team as it battles the Trine University Thunder.

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner

White Activities Center, The Cage

8 - 9:30 p.m. CUAB Presents: Jordan Carlos with guest Aisha Alfa

Pfeiffer Hall

CUAB invites you to watch these two hilarious comedians. Jordan Carlos has appeared regularly on "The Colbert Report" and MTV's "GuyCode." Aisha Alfa can be seen on MTV Canada and Much Music. Presented by the College Union Activities Board (CUAB).

10 - 11:30 p.m. Late-Night Rec Sports

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium

Join your new classmates in intramural games under the stadium lights.


Sunday, September 13

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Pre-Worship Breakfast and Reception

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Centennial Hall

Meet ministry and service student organization leaders and staff members for an informal breakfast and learn about the opportunities for involvement. After breakfast, rides and walking groups will be provided to a number of local churches.

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.


Kaufman Dining Hall

1 - 4 p.m. Rock the Plaza

Jefferson Commons

Play a casual game of bags or spikeball; then eat some delicious walking tacos and relax.

1 - 4 p.m. Explore Downtown Naperville

Jefferson Plaza/Downtown Naperville

Visit the downtown Naperville shops and restaurants to get stamps on your passport. The more stamps you get, the better your chances of winning a downtown Naperville gift card. Pickup and return passports to the Block Party when you're finished.

1 - 11 p.m. (Shuttle leaves every hour on the hour) Afternoon shuttle service to Target, Westfield Fox Valley Mall, Jewel, All Saints Catholic Academy (Remote Parking Lot) and more

Wentz Concert Hall

Forgot something? Looking for a chance to get off campus? Check out the Shuttle schedule at

4:30 - 6 p.m. Dinner

Kaufman Dining Hall

9 - 10 p.m. Residence Hall

Residence Halls

Upperclass students should see your RA for details.