Welcome parents, families and friends, to this exciting time at Northeastern! While this university has always drawn outstanding students who strive to challenge themselves and change the world, the learners today are creating, learning, and working with an energy and brilliance that’s unparalleled. They make this university a place of growth and transformation. We are tremendously proud that your students are members of the global Northeastern family.  And we’re equally excited in the anticipation of having you join our Family & Friends Weekend, in Boston or from afar.

For those unable to join us on campus, feature sessions will be live-streamed and recorded for future viewing. More information will be provided prior to the program dates. We look forward to celebrating fall with you soon!

Friday, October 22 – Sunday, October 24

Join us for a campus experience sprinkled with Boston attractions, mid-day Friday, October 22 through mid-day Sunday, October 24, 2021. Fall is a beautiful time to visit campus and most importantly, spend time and reconnect with your student. And, the more the merrier! If your student has a friend who doesn’t have a visiting family, invite them along with your family for some added fun.

COVID-19 Requirements

We are committed to the health and safety of the Northeastern community. Please review our complete COVID-19 requirements for Family & Friends Weekend, also summarized below:

  • All guests aged 12 and older who attend campus indoor events must present proof of full vaccination or provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the event. Those 11 years old and under are not required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result. Verification of documentation will take place at Family & Friends Check-in, in the Curry Student Center Indoor Quad. Once verified, all guests will receive a wristband that must be worn in order to access scheduled indoor sessions, sporting events, and dining halls.
  • In accordance with the City of Boston’s indoor mask mandate, all guests over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination or COVID-19 negative test status, are required to wear a mask that completely covers their nose and mouth at all times, with the exception of active eating, drinking, presenting, or performing.


Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available at Check-In in the Curry Student Center, Indoor Quad on Friday, October 22 from 12:00 – 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Extra tickets to select events will also be available for purchase at Check-In.

The registration fee is $25 per adult. This fee covers general programming costs. There is no registration fee for children 12 and under or for your Northeastern student(s).

Program Schedule

The Family & Friends Weekend experience is yours to design. Browse through the myriad of offerings and create a schedule that fits your family. The final program schedule, identifying locations, will be available at Check-in.

With the exception of ticketed events, all presentations, activities, and festivals are open attendance. Seating for non-ticketed presentations in Blackman Auditorium and/or conference spaces, will be on a first come, first-served basis. In most instances, sessions will be live-streamed in a viewing room and recorded.

Feature Speaker

Juju Chang, Emmy Award-Winning Co-Anchor of ABC News’ Nightline

One of the most prominent Asian Americans in broadcast news, Juju Chang is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline and a regular contributor to Good Morning America and 20/20.

Chang’s highly visible reporting on Asian Hate is the culmination of decades of covering everything from natural disasters to terrorism, mass shootings, immigration, violence against the LGBTQIA+ community and, most recently, the inequities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Known for her in-depth personal narratives and long-form storytelling, Chang has won acclaim for stories with underlying themes of civil and women’s rights and social justice.

Chang’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including multiple Emmys, Gracies, a DuPont, a Murrow and Peabody Awards.

Hotels and Parking

Northeastern is located within walking distance or a short drive from many hotels in the greater Boston area. We encourage you to make hotel reservations in advance.

Complimentary day parking will be available on October 22-24 from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. in our 795 Columbus Avenue Parking Garage (ONLY). Parking instructions and validation code will be provided prior to your visit. We are unable to validate parking in other campus garages.

Contact Us

Please connect with us at parents@northeastern.edu for assistance.