Welcome Families

Student Orientation and Family Programs connects families with university resources, helping you navigate and build networks within Northeastern’s global community. We support families throughout their Northeastern experience — including academic, administrative, and personal matters.

We partner with families and support your student by:​

  • Encouraging communication between families and the university​
  • Accessing resources to guide students in academic and personal decision-making​
  • Providing a compassionate, caring, and coordinated crisis response

Each year, we host several programs for family engagement:

Family Portal

The myNortheastern Family/Other Account provides families with the ability to:

  • Receive official university correspondence
  • Review and pay the tuition bill
  • Access student account information

The student must submit a request to initiate the process of creating a Family/Other Account. Once a student has completed the form, an email will be sent to the family member with a claim link.

Once the Family/Other Account has been claimed, the family member can opt into receiving official university correspondence.

Understanding FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) limits universities and colleges on what can be shared with families in regard to your student, without the student’s clear knowledge and expressed permission to share with others. Before a student is 18 years of age, FERPA gives family members certain rights with respect to their student’s education records. Once the student reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level, these rights transfer to the student.

The Parent Channel

Stay in the know! The Parent Channel is your primary source of information. For information about university decisions and resources in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccine requirements, visit ​news.northeastern.edu/coronavirus

Husky 101 Family Orientation

Husky 101 Orientation connects newly enrolled undergraduate students and families with essential resources, programs, and platforms to chart their Northeastern path with global, research, and experiential opportunities and programs.

Family & Friends Weekend 2022

Join us for a campus experience sprinkled with Boston attractions, mid-day Friday, October 14 through mid-day Sunday, October 16. Subject to change. Fall is a beautiful time to visit campus and most importantly, spend time and reconnect with your student.

The Family & Friends Weekend experience is yours to design! Choose from a myriad of offerings to create a schedule that fits your family, including presentations, activities, festivals, and select ticketed events. View the Fall 2021 program schedule for a sampling of program offerings.

We encourage you to make hotel reservations in advance.

Touch of Home Specialty Orders

Surprise your student! The Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs, in partnership with the campus grocery store Wollaston’s, offers specialty cakes and fruit baskets for all occasions. Learn more and place your order today!


Check out the Parent and Family Guide: Supporting Student Mental Health, a comprehensive guide from the Office of the Chancellor, University Health & Counseling Services, and the Office of Prevention & Education at Northeastern (OPEN) on supporting your student’s mental health.

Stay Connected

Connect with campus resources and follow us on Facebook @nufamilyprograms for the latest news and events. If you have questions, please email parents@northeastern.edu and we’ll happily assist you.