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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 merger of OCNTSS and MSS!


University Writing Center Hours

Date: Every Tuesday this Fall Semester

Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 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 fall 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. Halloween Open House

Date: Friday, October 31

Time: 3 p.m. 

Location: OCNTSS Lounge

Students Who Are Non-Traditional (S.W.A.N.) are inviting everyone out for a Halloween gathering in the OCNTSS Lounge this Friday. Come for food, candy, and the chance to hang out with your fellow non-traditional students. There will be plenty of candy for kids! Costumes are welcome!

Inaugural Veterans Day Parade

Date: Tuesday, November 11

Time: 4 p.m. 

Location: Stadium Drive

Please join Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services and Military Student Services by honoring all our nation's veterans, police, firefighters and first responders. This inaugural parade will march on Stadium Drive prior to the NIU Football finale against Toledo. There will be a tent for veterans and all those participating in the parade starting at 4:30 p.m. in The Yard - the official NIU Tailgate area. Those with a military ID will be able to purchase tickets to the game on that day for themselves and immediate family members for a discounted rate of only $14. This offer is also extended to police, firefighters, and EMT with ID that validates their profession.

S.W.A.N. International Pot Luck

Date: Thursday, November 13

Time: 6-9 p.m. 

Location: CLB 100  

Students Who Are Non-Traditional (S.W.A.N.) are teaming up with the ladies of Gamma Phi Omega and the gentlemen from Lambda Upsilon Lambda amongst others for an International Pot Luck! Please sign up to come or bring a dish by filling out RSVP HERE.

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