NWU Families Blog

A resource for families of NWU students

Holiday Blessings from Our Campus Community


As the holidays approach, we’re often reminded to pause and reflect on our blessings. This comes easily because we have so many reasons to celebrate this year. For example, this fall, we:

  • welcomed our third largest class of new students in NWU history,
  • broke ground on our new baseball and softball stadiums,
  • completed the renovation of Elder Theatre,
  • launched a new major in public health.

We continue to invest in your student’s education and provide those impactful experiences that you expect of a Nebraska Wesleyan education.

Big Changes to the FAFSA

If you filed a 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and were planning to file a 2024-25 FAFSA, you’ve probably already heard about the changes the federal government is making to the application process. The FAFSA usually opens each year on October 1, but due to the number of updates, availability of the application will be delayed until December 31.

Here are some of the important changes in store.

Preparing for Winter in the Residence Halls

‘Tis almost the season for students to visit home for the holidays! Here’s what you need to know as we head into winter break.

Residence halls and suites close at 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 14. Your student will receive a winter break checklist in early December detailing steps to take prior to leaving campus, such as taking out the trash and defrosting mini fridges.

Prairie Wolf Pantry Is Here to Help

Across the U.S., one-third of college students experience food insecurity. Struggling with hunger affects students’ mental and physical well-being, making it harder to concentrate in class, achieve academic success and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

The Prairie Wolf Pantry is an on-campus resource for students, faculty and staff providing access to pantry items and fresh produce, as well as hygiene supplies. Our volunteers staff the pantry Monday through Friday, ensuring that all students can access this resource.

It’s Not Too Late to Collaborate

The end-of-semester countdown has begun, and some students may feel the pressure of final papers, projects and tests. Others might find the study habits that worked well enough in high school may not work for college. And some may be suffering from study fatigue.

Although the semester’s end is near, it’s still not too late to collaborate. Collaboration is an important part of learning. Think about it: Students have been collaborating their whole lives in school, work and play. It’s part of our human nature.

Protect the Pack with Student Health Services

Fall is in full swing—and so is cold and flu season.

Student Health is here with a couple reminders about things your student can do to stay well—and stay in class—this semester.

You and your student can reduce your risk of influenza by getting a flu vaccine, washing hands frequently and avoiding others who are ill. You can likewise reduce others’ risks by covering your coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you are ill.