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Advantage is Northwest's welcome week - that isn't really a week. It's actually 4 days of getting settled, meeting your classmates and roommates, fun activities, and Freshmen Seminar.
The Advantage invitation and schedule is mailed out in late July.
Move in day for fall is the Thursday before classes start. You will receive a lot of information in late summer about your room, your roommate, and moving in. You will receive a map that tells you how to drive into campus and where to drop off your stuff. We even have the Cat Crew to meet you and lend a hand when you need it.
Yes, Freshmen Seminar starts meeting on Friday, the day after you move in, and meets throughout the weekend. Freshmen Seminar starts before your other classes because it helps get you acclimated to campus. Your Freshmen Seminar Instructor and Peer Advisor (an upper classmen who is a teaching assistant) can act as your guides through those first days and weeks on campus, and even better, you have an instant group of new friends with similar interests.
Some activities are required and some are optional. You will receive an Advantage invitation and later an Advantage planner that will highlight the activities that are required, as well as tell give you your options for other cool things to do. Most of your required activities are things that you attend with either your Peer Advisor or your Resident Assistant and your classmates, so don't worry about not knowing anyone.
Typically parents move you in on Thursday and help you get settled, but don't stay beyond that day. However, if they have a long way to drive, your parents may want to make reservations at a hotel in Maryville for that night. You will be so busy with activities throughout the weekend that you probably won't have a lot of time to spend with them. And before you know it, it will be time to go home for a visit.
It's important for freshmen to attend Advantage if at all possible, particularly since classes start that weekend. On rare occasions though, people cannot get here before the first day. If this happens you should contact the Orientation/Advisement office, Residential Life, and your Freshmen Seminar Instructor so we will know that you do plan to be here.