Orientation and Family Connections will soon begin a campus-wide orientation and enrollment program for incoming first-year and transfer students and their families.
During orientation, 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. It will be a two-day program for first-year students and a single day for transfers. In addition, the program covers various aspects of student life, NIU’s expectations regarding behavior, and important bystander and safety information.
It’s important at orientation that new students understand NIU is a community that cares about their success both in and out of the classroom. As part of NIU’s commitment to student success, all new students will receive the NIU OneBook (go.niu.edu/OneBook). The OneBook will be used throughout the orientation program as a reference to topics discussed. New students will be encouraged to bring the OneBook with them in the fall semester and use it throughout their college career.
The two-day first-year program affords students extended time to learn about academic expectations and responsibilities. Students attend a faculty panel 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 first-years’ family orientation by conducting bus tours of the community.
Orientation and 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 take place starting Thursday, June 7, and continue throughout the summer months. For more information, visit niu.edu/ofc, call 815-753-1535 or email [email protected].