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Northwest Missouri State University

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Members of the 'Cat Crew annually help new students move into Northwest residence halls in anticipation of the fall trimester. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Members of the 'Cat Crew annually help new students move into Northwest residence halls in anticipation of the fall trimester. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Aug. 18, 2017

Northwest readies for move-in day, Advantage activities

Northwest is preparing to welcome about 1,300 first-time freshmen and more than 200 transfer students to its campus as the 2017-18 academic year begins.

Thursday, Aug. 24, marks the kickoff of Advantage at Northwest, an annual orientation program designed to help first-year students get acquainted with other Northwest students, learn about the campus and enjoy some entertainment before fall classes begin, Monday, Aug. 28.

Orientations stations open at 7 a.m. Thursday, and campus offices open at 8:30 a.m.; laptop pickup begins at 8:30 a.m. After checking in at their assigned residence halls, students will be directed to one of three orientation stations:


Move-in Day parking

Although select students will move on to campus Wednesday night, the University’s official move-in begins at 7 a.m. Thursday and will continue through Friday.

Northwest closes some parking lots and reroutes traffic during Advantage Week to allow students and parents to better navigate the campus while fostering a safe move-in process. Community members also should expect an increase in traffic volume.

The following lot closures and time restrictions apply to Advantage Week:

All vehicles must be cleared from these areas during designated closures and remaining vehicles will be subject to towing. The clearing of these spaces helps Northwest provide services to students and parents as they are moving in.

For a campus map with additional move-in day instructions, click here.

As a reminder to Northwest employees and students, parking permits for the 2017-2018 academic year should be placed on vehicles by Thursday, Aug. 31. Vehicles may be registered by logging into CatPAWS and clicking the “Personal Information” tab. Then, click the box labeled “Parking Permit Registration,” click “Proceed to register your vehicle,” and follow the remaining steps on your screen. After completing the registration, students and employees may pick up their parking passes in the cashiering office on the first floor of the Administration Building.

For more information about on-campus traffic and parking, contact University Police at 660.562.1254 or follow the department on Twitter for updates @NW_UPD.


In case of severe weather during move-in

When lightning strikes within 8 miles of the Northwest campus:


Advantage activities

The Northwest community is invited to gather around the Memorial Bell Tower about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, to welcome new students as they participate in the March to the Tower. Ice cream will be served and the annual freshman tree dedication will begin at the completion of the march.

Northwest also will host its annual back-to-school fireworks presentation at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday at College Park.

A complete Advantage schedule and more information about new student activities are available by clicking here or on Northwest’s online calendar at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468