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Information for Parents of Incoming Students


In becoming the most student-centered public research university, our goal is to provide unparalleled opportunities to foster our students’ personal, career and life success.

Your student will have tremendous opportunities to immerse themselves in their education under the mentorship of our outstanding faculty and staff. Engaged and experiential learning is a fundamental part of an NIU education. Our students do amazing things while they're here.

Through our 220 student organizations, students begin to apply their knowledge and realize their own potential as well as build community with their fellow students and professors.

Our students benefit from the mentorship and networking opportunities made possible by our 225,000 alumni, most of whom reside in the greater Chicago area.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where can I find information on tuition and fees?

2. What financial aid and scholarships are available for my student?

3. Where can I find more information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)?

4. Are there job opportunities for my student on campus?

5. Does NIU offer health care and medical insurance for students?

6. How can I be more informed and involved in my student’s campus-life?

7. Is there an honors program?

8. Does NIU offer tutoring services for its students?

9. What kinds of student organizations are there on campus?

10. Is counseling available for NIU students?

11. What is the relationship of ACT scores and high school rank to graduation rates?

12. What kind of career planning services are offered to prepare students for life after graduation?

13. Is there bus service on campus for students?

14. Can students bring their cars to campus?

15. What kind of assistance does the university provide for students with disabilities?

16. Who do I contact for information about phones, computers and technology services?

17. Where can I purchase NIU clothing and gifts?

18. Where do I buy tickets to NIU athletic events?

19. What are the school colors and mascot?

20. Does NIU offer an alumni association for its graduates?

21. How can I support NIU?

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115

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


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