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Welcome to Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services at Northern Illinois University!


Our department is a resource center and lounge space for any type of NIU student. Although we welcome anyone to our office and lounge space, we focus our attention and expertise on students who live off campus, commute from home, have children, are military students, are online learners, and/or are over the age of 24.

Our staff is dedicated to assisting students in finding the resources they need to be successful in their NIU studies, whether those resources involve locating housing options, carpooling opportunities, locker space, free coffee, or computer access. Please visit or contact our office in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center, rooms 023J and 023K. We would be more than happy to assist you!

Interested in learning more about our office? Please register with us so we can keep you informed about our latest office activities. Also, please visit us on YouTube!

IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION: Our office will be going through a process of reorganization for the rest of the academic calender year. Please read this important announcement from the University regarding the upcoming co-locating of OCNTSS and MSS!

For our veteran student population, Military Student Services has moved to the Campus Life Building, Room 240. Please visit them there for all your certifying needs during the summer/fall registration period.


COMING SOON: Mentorship Program

Date: Fall 2015

For the upcoming Fall 2015 semester, OCNTSS is excited to enact a new mentorship program for incoming Huskies. The purpose of the OCNTSS Peer Mentorship Program is to institute an established vehicle for facilitating student-to-student relationships geared toward personal enrichment, transition stability, student identity, positive social interaction, academic success, and professional development. This mentorship program will start with an online component and can expand from there. We are in the process of recruiting mentors and would love to have a group that represents our diverse student population - student parents, commuters, off-campus students, veterans, international and adult students. If you are interested in being a mentor, please email Jeffrey Salmon (jsalmon1@niu.edu) for an application. If you are interested in being a protégé, please sign up at the OCNTSS Orientation session this summer, e-mail Jeffrey or by filling out this form.     

Start NIU (Welcome Days)

Date: Saturday, August 22

Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

Location: Adams Hall Lawn (Rain Location: Capitol Room - HSC)

Start the school year off on the right note by joining us for our annual Welcome Days event. Planning is in the early stages, but mark your calendars! Start NIU is the premiere event for Non-Trads, Off-Campus Students, Transfers, Commuters, Military Students and Student Parents. Family and friends are welcome to join us. There will be food, prizes, and hopefully a few surprises!

Military Student Open House

Date: Saturday, August 22

Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Location: CLB 100

All NIU military students, their friends and family are encouraged to attend Military Student Services' first Open House. The event will provide military students a chance to meet returning and first-year Veteran students. The event will provide an orientation regarding MSS as well as NIU and go over information that is most pertinent to our students like VA Benefits. The Open House will lead straight into our Start NIU event which will feature a BBQ, drinks and prize giveaways.

First-Gen Student Welcome

Date: Wednesday, September 2

Time: 2-3 p.m.

Location: CLB 100

You are invited to NIU’s First-Gen Student Welcome! Counseling and Consultation Services, Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) and Off-Campus and Non-Traditional Student Services are hosting a welcome event for all of NIU’s first-generation college students. The welcome event will take place on Wednesday, September 2 at 2:00pm in Campus Life Building 100. This is a great opportunity to connect with other first-generation college students while enjoying some food, music, and activities! It is our hope that this event will be the first of a series of events for first-generation students throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you on September 2!

RSVP is not required but encouraged. 


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