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NIU to hold open house for prospective Huskies

July 17, 2012
Workers are busy completing NIU’s new residential complex, which opens this fall.

Workers are busy completing NIU’s new residential complex, which opens this fall.

The college a student chooses to attend should reflect that student’s goals and aspirations as well as personality.

With that in mind, Northern Illinois University is hosting an open house Thursday, July 26, to help prospective freshmen and transfer students find the right fit.

“The open house is a perfect opportunity to explore not only what’s new at NIU, but also the world of opportunity that awaits students in terms of academic and social development,” said Kimberley Buster-Williams, NIU’s director of undergraduate admissions. “We invite students to campus to see for themselves all NIU has to offer.”

NIU is experiencing a vibrant rebirth with the completion of a new residential complex for the Fall 2012 semester.

In addition to the new construction and a multi-million dollar renovation of existing facilities, a new intramural athletic field complex and new, state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls and computer labs will dramatically improve student life.

Northern Illinois University offers 63 undergraduate, 78 graduate and 20 Ph.D. programs in seven colleges.

NIU College of Business students study together at Barsema Hall.

NIU College of Business students study together at Barsema Hall.

NIU programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report, BusinessWeek and Crain’s Chicago Business, and the academic experience is enriched by opportunities for research, themed learning communities, internships and on-campus programs and activities that include Greek life and the University Honors Program.

Northern Illinois has a strong history of working with applicants from area high schools and community colleges to help students affordably achieve their higher education goals. NIU is committed to recognizing academic achievement. For fall 2013, NIU anticipates awarding $10 million in scholarships to new and continuing students.

“We will attract more top high school students, provide significantly more academic scholarships and engage many more students in our honors program,” NIU President John Peters said of the university’s vision. “Among the region’s employers and parents, the NIU degree will be the gold standard.”

Students and families are invited to see what the gold standard of excellence looks like during NIU’s July 26 open house.

The schedule for prospective freshmen begins at 8 a.m., and activities for prospective transfer students begin at 11 a.m. Attendees can talk with faculty, admissions officers and student services representatives as well as participate in a self- guided campus tour, residence hall visits and an information fair.

Free open house parking is available at the Convocation Center in lot C-2. Shuttle buses will transport you from the Convocation Center to the Holmes Student Center where open house activities will begin.

Register at For more information, call (815) 753-0446 or email [email protected]