Northwestern Family Day Sept. 16; Families Can 'Shop for Tuition' for Chance to Win Scholarships

August 29, 2023

Some images from last year's Family Day fun! Food, giveaways and more are available at this year’s event Sept. 16 in Alva.

Family Day at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is Saturday, Sept. 16. The annual event brings families to campus where they can take tours, purchase Ranger gear, shop for tuition scholarships and attend a Ranger soccer and football game.

Families are invited to visit the Alva merchants to “shop for tuition” to register for a $500, $300 or $200 tuition giveaway for the spring semester of 2024. “Shopping for Tuition” takes place from 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, through 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Families can register once per merchant location, and the winning individuals will be presented with their awards during halftime of Saturday’s football game. Must be present at the game to win.

The Alva merchants participating can be found at Merchants and updates are added daily online. No purchase is necessary to “shop for tuition.”

Current students whose parent(s) are Northwestern alumni are invited to attend a lunch from noon to 2 p.m. with their families in the Student Center Ranger Room, courtesy of the Northwestern Foundation and Alumni Association. Participants should register by Sept. 13 with John Allen, Alumni Association director, through his email at

Family Day registration is Saturday from 1-2 p.m. in the Northwestern Student Center commons area. Families will receive free tickets to the football game and a chance to win additional prizes. The bookstore will be open from noon to 2 p.m. to purchase Northwestern merchandise. 

Families also are invited to the free Tailgate Party starting at 5 p.m. on the fourth parking tier at Ranger Field. Food and drinks will be served. In case of inclement weather, Northwestern will play host to the tailgate event in the Student Center.

Saturday’s pre-game events will wrap up at 6 p.m. when the Northwestern Ranger football team takes on Southern Nazarene University.

“Family Day is a time for students to showcase their university to their families,” Ethan Sacket, student success coordinator and Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors’ sponsor, said. “NSA is a great group of students who have worked hard on creating a fun-filled day for all ages.”

A concert will also take place the evening before on Northwestern’s intramural field. On Sept. 15, Lane Haas and the Heelers will begin their set at 7 p.m. with food trucks opening at 6:30 p.m. before the music starts. This event is open to the public, and guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair or blanket.

Families also can take in the 22nd annual Big Cruise and Car Show while visiting for Family Day. The car show runs Sept. 15-17 in downtown Alva. More info is at

For more information, please contact Sacket at or (580) 327-8606.


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