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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!


University Writing Center Hours

Date: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Time: Tuesdays - 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Wednesdays - 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Location: OCNTSS Lounge

Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services is happy to once again host the University Writing Center in its lounge this spring semester. This is an excellent resource for commuters, off-campus students, veterans, adult students or any student who spends most of their time on the east side of campus. The writing coaches can help with papers, presentations, cover letters and resumes among others.

S.W.A.N. Meeting

Date: Thursday, March 5

Time: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Location: OCNTSS Lounge

Please join S.W.A.N. (Students Who are Non-Traditional) in the OCNTSS Student Lounge for its monthly meeting. All students are welcome!

NIU Cares Day

Date: Saturday, April 18

Time: 8:15 a.m.- 2 p.m .

Location: Check-in at HSC Ballroom

Come join S.W.A.N. and Off-Campus Non-Traditional Student Services and take part in NIU's annual day of community serivice. On this day, students gather as teams to head out to local DeKalb sites and give back to our community. S.W.A.N. and OCNTSS are looking to register as one team. If you are interested in joining the team contact Krysal Do (S.W.A.N.) or Jeffrey Salmon (OCNTSS) for more information.

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