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Important Fall Dates & Deadlines

(for students starting classes in August)

July 1:

  • ! The 51 Admissions Application opens mid-July for students wishing to start classes the following fall.

December 2023:

  • Apply for Financial Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for loan and grant options to finance your college education.
  • Interested in living on campus? The Housing application opens mid-December and allows students to select their actual room until March 15. From March 16 - May 1 rooms are assigned based on availability.

January 16:

  • All admissions application materials must be received received on or by January 16, 2024 at apply.nku.edu for priority merit-based scholarship consideration.
  • Students will receive only one tuition paying scholarship/waiver. Students must review and meet the renewal criteria each year in order to receive the scholarship for the next academic year.
  • If a student is offered a merit-based scholarship, they will be required to officially accept the scholarship by May 1st in order to receive it.

Early February:

  • Sign up for New Student Orientation. Starting in early February, students who have paid their confirmation fee will be invited to select their summer registration date. The advantage to confirming your enrollment early is the opportunity to select any registration date.
    • Orientation: An exciting introduction to campus life at 51. Dates are available throughout May, June, and July!

May 1:

  •  final deadline.
  • . Interested in being a University Honors Scholar? Students wishing to participate in the Honors program must submit their application by this date.
  • Confirm your Enrollment. Admitted students must confirm their intent to enroll at 51 by submitting a $75 enrollment confirmation fee prior to May 1, or two weeks after their acceptance. Confirmed students will be invited to New Student Orientation, our new student registration and orientation program.
  • Scholarship Acceptance Deadline. Have an 51 scholarship? Make sure you accept your award in My51!


  • Attend New Student Orientation: (May - July)
  • : Purchase your parking pass online by August 1 and we'll mail it to you!
  • Attend New Student Extended Orientation: late August

Before the first day of class:

  • : Pay your tuition through your  account
  • Get your books: Find out what books you need for class and pick them up when they're ready. Get information on our .

First week of class:

  • Attend Welcome Week: Our kickoff celebration for the fall semester! Meet other students, make friends, and enjoy many activities each day!