NWU New Families Blog
A resource for families of NWU incoming students

How We Keep Our Community Safe


—by Sarah Kelen, vice president for student life

Stay Informed This School Year

Keeping our students well informed is an important component to their success at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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Technology Recommendations

—by Patrick Hayden-Roy, associate provost for integrative and experiential learning

Nebraska Wesleyan faculty are busy planning enhanced instruction to meet the unique challenges of in-person classes this fall.

We’ll support our face-to-face experiences with a full array of instructional resources on our online Canvas course site. Canvas allows students to conveniently access course materials, keep up with assignments, hear lectures they may have missed, submit and receive materials electronically and interact with their professors and classmates.

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Wesleyan Wednesdays: Orientation and Resources for Parents and Families

NWU classes start in less than a month. The time is now to get familiar with the resources here to help your student be successful this August and beyond. Students often reach out to family first when they struggle, so we want you to know the offices and the people here to help them. Encourage your student to advocate for themselves and contact us for assistance. We love to help them!

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Changes to Fall Semester Calendar

We’re excited to welcome students to campus in August.

Like many colleges and universities across the country, we have adjusted our fall semester to start one week early (August 17) and continue on campus until the week of November 23 when residence halls will close and students will return home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Unlike other schools that are shortening their semesters, NWU students will finish the final two weeks of the semester remotely. Most students will not return to campus until the spring semester, which begins January 11.

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Housing Details Are Coming Soon

Our Residential Education team believes in the learning and personal growth that happen when our students live on campus. We’re working to ensure students can benefit from those shared living experiences this fall. And we’re creating additional health and safety measures to support our communities throughout the academic year.

We know it’s not easy, but we’ve appreciated your patience as we research and monitor CDC and regional health guidelines and policies, and evolve our own practices. We’ll have specific information to share with you soon.

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