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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.     

Online Library Research Skills Workshop

Date: Monday, September 14 & 21

Time: 4-5 p.m.

Location: Room 293 Founders Library

Worried about finding time to go to the library to do your research with your busy work, life, and/or commute schedule? Unsure what research can be done online? Looking to be empowered to do research on your terms and schedule? Then come to either one of the upcoming Online Library Research Skils Workshop presenations. We are partnering with the library and have booked a smart room where one of the library's instructors is going to spend a hour teaching students how to use the library's online database systems. This will help students to do a great deal of their research online.

Neighborhood Block Party

Date: Wednesday, September 16

Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Location: Chick Evans Field House

For the second consecutive year, the various 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!

Summer In September BBQ

Date: Wednesday, September 23

Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location: Academic Advising Lawn (North of Parking Garage on Normal Road)

Once again, we are proud to partner with the Office of Student Academic Success to put on our annual late September BBQ. The event will feature food, music, prizes and games! This event is a great way for us to get out from the office and meet our Non-Trads, especially those using the Parking Garage daily, as well as introduce students to the wonderful OSAS staff who sends out to all first-year Huskies the MapWorks survey through e-mail that helps us meet your needs better!

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