Orientation & Family Connections soon will welcome all traditionally admitted incoming freshmen and transfer students and their families to NIU.
Orientation sessions take place from Wednesday, June 10, through Friday, July 17.
Two additional orientation programs for transfers, and one for freshmen, will take place in August.
During orientation – a two-day program for freshmen and a single day for transfers – incoming students learn about the various resources available at NIU. Students also meet with academic advisers, register for classes and begin to prepare for their first semester.
Freshmen are guided by orientation leaders who share their personal experiences and tips for success.
The two-day program affords students more time to learn about academic expectations and responsibilities. Students attend a sample class, designed to highlight the classroom experience and present strategies for success from a faculty perspective. New students gain an increased understanding of resources, identify opportunities for engagement and involvement, and begin to learn what it means to be part of an inclusive community.
The transfer students’ orientation program focuses on getting connected to campus as quickly as possible. Sessions are tailored to finances, academics, and the business of being a student at NIU. Optional activities for both programs include campus and housing tours or individual meetings with Financial Aid counselors.
Family members are also invited to attend orientation to discover the available resources and learn more about their role in their student’s success in college. Family discussions focus on academic and student life, safety, student health, managing college costs and common transitional issues.
Nineteen undergraduate student orientation leaders from various colleges have been vigorously training since January to listen, facilitate, answer questions and welcome everyone into the NIU community. These dedicated students are eager to share their experiences and help our newest Huskies adjust to life at NIU.
For more information, call (815) 753-1535 or email [email protected].