NIU Admissions has nimbly shifted into the virtual space this spring — offering online visits, info sessions, appointments, tours and other resources to help interested students explore the Huskie experience from home.
With successful Virtual Admitted Student Day events added to the calendar in April and May, Director of Undergraduate Admissions Quinton Clay says the team is now looking ahead to its first Virtual Open House on Wednesday, May 27.
“Of course, we’d like to meet our future students face-to-face, but our counselors and campus partners have made themselves accessible to help prospective Huskies make connections to the NIU community,” Clay said. “Our team has shown they are supportive, caring and concerned as we innovate to engage students and their families with our virtual tools.”
Potential first-year and transfer students can register for the Virtual Open House, slated to take place May 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. on NIU’s new technology platform. The event will feature several separate rooms of live presentations and chats with representatives from across the university and a student panel.
Topics covered will include choosing a major and information about NIU’s Academic Colleges, exploring Huskie life and campus resources, and applying for admission, financial aid and the Deacon Davis CHANCE Program.
“Students and their families will have ongoing access to a repository of topics covered at the Virtual Open House,” Clay said. “We understand it can be difficult even at an in-person event to absorb all the information presented, and this will help them consider NIU at their own pace.”
It will be easier than ever to apply to NIU for fall 2021 as the university becomes part of the Common App. Each year, this powerful application tool serves more than one million students worldwide, a third of whom are the first in their families to attend college.
Clay says this new option reflects a continued commitment to streamlining the application process through the lens of the SEM plan. University leadership also recently announced a transition to test-blind admissions starting in fall 2021.
“We continue the momentum of the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan by adding the Common App to our arsenal,” Clay said. “This is an exciting move that aligns with NIU’s vision, mission and values, and the students are the winners.”
NIU will join 35 Illinois colleges and more than 900 overall institutions on the Common App — allowing prospective freshman Huskies the choice of applying directly to NIU or submitting a single application to multiple colleges of their choice from all 50 states and around the world.
With only two other public universities in Illinois utilizing this convenient all-in-one application, NIU will stand out as an accessible option and, ideally, attract a more diverse pool of students.
“Not only will NIU deepen and strengthen its position in our core regional communities, but we have the potential to reach new populations in out-of-state markets where we may not have been prominent previously,” Clay said. “We want to reward the local student for staying close to home by bringing the world to them through a geographically diverse campus.”