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TGIF! Red carpet to roll out Feb. 10, March 30 for prospective, admitted transfer students

January 27, 2012

Students ready to complete their bachelor’s degrees at a four-year university need look no further than Northern Illinois University.

Joining the Huskie family comes complete with courses taught by world-class professors, opportunities for faculty-guided undergraduate research at a Carnegie-recognized institution as well as an instant connection to a nationally ranked graduate school.

Meanwhile, the tight-knit campus community offers a place where no one is a number.

NIU will roll out the red carpet to all prospective and admitted transfer students Friday, Feb. 10, and Friday, March 30, to celebrate TGIF: “Transfers Get Information Friday.”

T.G.I.F. – Transfers Get Information Friday
Both programs are scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center. Registration deadline is the Thursday before each event.

“These events give prospective transfer students a taste of NIU and what it’s like to become a part of the Huskie family,” said Michele Stieren, associate director of admissions. “Even though we are a large institution, we make sure that every student feels like this is their home.”

Similar to open houses for high school students, the TGIF events allow transfer students to learn more about NIU’s 63 majors from representatives of all six undergraduate colleges.

Visitors also can meet academic advisers, financial aid counselors and staff from a myriad of NIU’s student support departments, including Housing and Dining, the Scholarship Office, Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services, Military Student Services, the Honors Program, the Center for Access-Ability Resources, the Campus Child Care Center and more.

Students also can speak with transfer counselors who can review their transcripts to see what credits NIU will accept. That’s often the first question prospective and admitted transfer students ask.

NIU Huskie fans enjoy at football game.TGIF is not required, Stieren said, but it is highly recommended for transfer students who want a running start.

It’s also a wise decision for students who are money-conscious.

During the events, NIU will waive the $40 application fee. Students can bring their official transcripts for on-the-spot admission decisions.

Even though most information about the NIU experience is available online, TGIF permits students to meet face-to-face with NIU representatives and ask questions that are answered immediately.

“We focus on transition,” Stieren said. “We talk about living on campus with students who’ve just received their associate’s degrees – that transition. We talk about being a non-traditional student – that transition. We talk about having been in the military and coming to college – that transition.”

For more information, or to register, call (815) 753-0446 or (800) 892-3050 (toll free) or email [email protected].