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Second Year Experience Community



Stevenson Towers

Availability may be limited by gender. More info


Student must be in their second year of college.

How to Sign Up

Log into Campus Housing Sign Up and follow the instructions for selecting a new room and meal plan. If you meet the above requirements, you will be able to select a room in the Second Year Experience Community. Note that depending on the time of the year, room selection may be unavailable to you. Learn more about the room selection timeline.

Make your second year your best year!

Live in the Second Year Experience Community for Year 2 @ NIU. The second year of college is a time when students should strengthen their academic and career goals, deepen their friendships, become more involved in student organizations, and engage in campus and community service. Some of the benefits of the Second Year Experience House include: living with other second year students, having a Community Advisor who understands specific needs of second year students, educational, social, and career planning events, resources for career advising and major selection, and social programs to continue to build a second year class identity.

Students in the SYE Community will be able to participate in the following Y2 @ NIU events:

  • Monthly faculty dinners/desserts in residence hall;
  • Quarterly service projects on- and off-campus;
  • Presentations by Career Services , academic advising units;
  • Mentoring by junior and senior Student Success Team members;
  • Monthly social events (e.g., bonfire at East Lagoon, road trips to special events in Chicago);
  • Participating in a biennial Sophomore Summit for the NIU community;
  • Integration of an e-portfolio; and
  • Second-year leadership initiatives based on StrengthsFinder.

For More Information

To learn more about the SYE Community, please contact Kelly Smith.

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