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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.     

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. 

Neighborhood Block Party

Date: Wednesday, September 16

Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Location: Chick Evans Field House

For the second consecutive year the variuos departments of NIU Student Affairs &  Enrollment Management are combining forces to throw the Neighborhood Block Party! The Block Party is a campus festival where everyone can meet their neighbors and celebrate your culture, tradition, pride, and identity through an activity, performance, or food item! Our overall theme this year is "Using Your Voice"! We are recruiting student organizations to join us in coming up with activities for the event. The event features activities, performances, food and drinks! For more information, please RSVP!

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