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Admissions Systems & Processing

Crystal Garvey

Senior Associate Director

Crystal is a DeKalb, Illinois native and NIU Alumna twice over! NIU is more than Crystal’s alma mater and place of employment, it’s a family tradition. “Two of my aunts graduated from NIU, I have two degrees from NIU and my step-son recently graduated from NIU. It’s such a supportive, diverse, welcoming and culturally and socially rich place, what’s not to love?”

You might not see Crystal out recruiting very often, but she makes a big impact on our admission process. “I am particularly thrilled when we are able to further streamline our process to make sure students get faster responses from us.”

NIU Superpowers

  • Making sure the admissions systems and application process all run smoothly

What makes her tick

  • She loves spending time with her boys (husband, step-son, son)
  • She enjoys creating with her hands, whether it’s cooking, baking or crafting
  • She’s a Francophile - French was her second major in college
  • And of course, the Cubbies

The secret life of Crystal

  • She can change her car’s oil and tires
  • She loves public speaking
  • She was the first in her family to earn a Master’s degree

Words to live by

“I have always loved the quote from Dr. Seuss, 'Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.' It reminds me that I am an individual and that who and what I am are important, particularly to those who love and support me.”

Crystal Garvey

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-753-0446
Toll-free: 800-892-3050


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