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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.


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, April 2

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!

SWAN International Potluck

Date: Thursday, April 16

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Location: CLB

Last semester, we hosted our first International Potluck! The event was very successful and many friends from multiple organizations and ethnic backgrounds joined us! We will be hosting another International Potluck on April 16, 2015, from 6:00 p.m until 9:00 p.m. in CLB 100. Whether you are coming with or without a dish or beverage to share, please fill out the spreadsheet!

NIU Cares Day

Date: Saturday, April 18

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

Location: Check-in at HSC Ballroom

Thanks to everyone's enthusiastic support, S.W.A.N. has filled up its 10-person team for NIU Cares Day! We look forward to taking part in this annual day of community service. You can still register as an individual or join the S.W.A.N. waiting list.

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