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Advantage FAQs

What is Advantage?

Advantage is Northwest’s welcome program that includes four days of getting settled, meeting other new Bearcats, enjoying fun activities and attending University Seminar class.

What are the Advantage dates for Fall 2021?

Move-in Day
August 14, 2021

Advantage 2021
Sunday,
August 14

through
Tuesday,
August 17

First Day of Classes
Wednesday,
August 18, 2021

When will I get the schedule for Advantage?

The 2021 Advantage schedule will be posted summer 2021.

When do I move in?

Move in day for Fall 2021 will be August 14, 2021. You will receive information in late summer about moving in, including 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.

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I’ll be a commuter student (living off-campus). Do I still need to attend Advantage?

Yes, Advantage is required for all first-time freshmen whether you’re living on campus or off. You will receive more information about a commuter student meeting on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021 and you will be required to attend all Advantage activities listed as required in the Advantage schedule.

Do I actually have class during Advantage?

Yes, University Seminar class meets several times during Advantage, beginning Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. University Seminar starts before your other classes because it helps get you acclimated to campus. Your University Seminar Instructor and Peer Advisor (an upper-class student 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.

Do I have to attend all of the activities?

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.

Should my family stay all weekend?

Typically your family just helps move you in and get settled. However, if they have a long way to drive, your family may want to make reservations at a hotel in Maryville for that night. You will be so busy with activities throughout Advantage 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.

What if I can't attend any part of Advantage?

It's important for freshmen to attend Advantage, particularly since classes start that weekend. If you think you need to miss any part of Advantage, please email the Student Success Center, Residential Life, and University Seminar: