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Freshman Admissions Counselors

Richard "RT" Tom

Admissions Counselor

RT’s from Oakland, California and loves the culture on campus, “I love the friendly, welcoming and diverse campus culture which encourages our students and faculty to discover and pursue intellectual freedom, rigorous thought and new ideas.”

Speaking of new ideas, RT also enjoys watching students come into their own here. “The self-discovery of our students as they develop their unique talents, growing knowledge and future horizons is my favorite part of my job.”

NIU Superpowers

  • Meeting and getting to know the students preparing for their higher education and future career goals
  • Being the best Admissions Counselor he can be

What makes him tick

  • Remodeling and improving his 115 year old house
  • Being a good spouse and raising a wonderful daughter

The secret life of RT

  • He’d like to learn landscape architecture
  • He writes speculative fiction
  • He once read more than 150 books in one summer

Words to live by

Do your very best and be there for people in everything you do.

Richard Tom

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115

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


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