Campus-wide orientation programs in full swing

orientation-libOrientation & Family Connections has begun campus-wide orientation for incoming freshmen and transfer students and their families.

During orientation (a two-day program for freshmen and a single day for transfers), incoming 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.

In addition, the program covers various aspects of student life, NIU’s expectations regarding behavior and important bystander and safety information.

The two-day freshman program affords students 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. Students also meet with academic advisers, register for classes and begin to prepare for their first semester.

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 and individual meetings with financial aid counselors.

Family members are also invited to attend orientation to discover the resources available to them and learn more about their role in their student’s success in college. Family discussions focus on academics and student life, safety, student health, managing college costs and common transitional issues. The DeKalb community also participates in freshmen family orientation by conducting bus tours of the community.

Orientation & Family Connections partners with the academic colleges and numerous departments throughout campus to create a great experience for incoming students and their families. Orientation sessions continue throughout the summer months.

For more information, call (815) 753-1535 or email orientation@niu.edu.

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