Incoming Students

Sheil is my home away from home and my second family.
I haven’t found a single other place in the world that is so filled with Christ’s welcoming spirit. You can feel it as soon as you walk in the door.

Brian Matias | Class of 2016

Welcome to the Sheil Catholic Center!

College is full of new experiences — some exciting, some difficult — and both faith in God and a supportive faith community can help ease the transition.

The Sheil Catholic Center is  honored to welcome you whether you are an incoming or prospective student.

Sheil often acts as a “home away from home” for students. We offer a warm, welcoming environment for prayer and faith, as well as a dynamic community of students and associates that relishes sharing discussion, energy and prayer with one another.

We strive to:

» Help clarify values in a time of exploration
» Build a sense of Catholic identity and understanding through education, reflection and discussion
» Form leaders in the world and for the Church through service and empowerment
» Do all of this in the context of faith, through a vibrant spiritual center


Our Center is here for you. Visit the Chapel, open daily, for personal prayer and meditation. Gather with us for worship, spiritual exploration and community activities. Use the Center as a study lounge and gathering space. Engage with our community for retreats, service trips, prayer and discussions about faith. Explore the opportunities available through the Christ the Teacher Institute. Connect with our staff for pastoral counseling and spiritual direction.  Find social activities offered by The Catholic Students Association (CaSA).

Join us for First Night @ Sheil, a Northwestern University Pre-Orientation Program for incoming freshman! First Night is a great way to get to know the Catholic student community at Northwestern and experience what being a Catholic at Northwestern is like! Spend the night before move-in day at the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern, where you’ll get to know other freshmen and upperclassmen, meet the Sheil staff, and learn what Sheil and the Catholic Students Association (CaSA) has to offer you for your time at Northwestern! First Night will have tons of games, activities, and of course, the world-famous First Night BBQ and Bonfire! Most importantly, we want you to feel at home here at Sheil and Northwestern!

First Night @ Sheil 2017 starts with registration at 3 pm on Sunday, September 10 and ends Monday morning, September 11. There is NO COST to attend First Night!