Academic Success

Disability Resource Center (DRC)

  • Provides support services for students with disabilities. Services are tailored to individual needs (e.g., admissions arrangements, interpreters, note takers, readers, books in alternative formats, advising/counseling, adapted equipment/computers, special residence hall arrangements, etc).

Visit the DRC website at

First-Year Experience: UNIV 201

  • Experience a twelve-week, one-credit-hour course designed exclusively for military students transitioning to campus life.

Visit the Orientation & First-Year Experience website at

Tutoring (ACCESS)

  • Tutoring Centers are open to all NIU undergraduate students at no charge.
  • Tutoring Centers are conveniently located in the Grant South, Lincoln, and Douglas Residence Halls. Follow the Tutoring Center signs from the Main Desk. No appointment needed; just walk in for help.  Courses are generally 100-200 level Gen Ed courses and are listed on each Center's schedule page.
  • If these hours don't fit your schedule, you can apply for a FREE one-on-one appointment-based tutor through PAL Tutoring , or see if a FREE Study Group or Supplemental Instruction Session is available for your course.

Visit the ACCESS website at

The University Writing Center

The University Writing Center at Stevenson Towers South, Lower Level, is a place for all writers at Northern Illinois University- undergraduates, graduates, staff, and even faculty- to talk about their writing with trained consultants, on a one-on-one basis. When you work with the consultants, you can...

  • Discuss topics and ideas.
  • Develop strategies in planning, organizing, and developing drafts. 
  • Discover effective use of sources and correct documentation. 
  • Understand your professors' writing assignments more clearly.
  • Identify better ways to use language. 
  • Learn appropriate methods of persuading readers. 
  • Integrate critical reading and thinking skills in your written work. 
  • Become more aware of the different types of writing that various disciplines require. 
  • Prepare résumés and applications for internships, scholarships, or jobs.


The Learning Center


The College of Education's Learning Center offers a wide variety of instructional support, programs, and services. The facility, located in the lower level of Gabel Hall, contains multifunctional meeting rooms that can be used for courses, seminars, and workshops.

Resources are available primarily for the use of College of Education faculty and students; however, non-CoE faculty can borrow select equipment for a modest fee.

Some of the Center's resources and benefits include:

The Computer Labs

Information Technology Services has 13 computer labs (a total of 25 individual rooms) on the DeKalb campus. 

All labs run Windows XP and general productivity software such as word processing and spreadsheets. Students can use the labs to read and send e-mail and browse the Web. Each lab has at least two black and white laser printers and at least one color scanner.