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Academic Resources at NIU

First-Year Experience: UNIV 201

Experience a twelve-week, one-credit-hour course designed exclusively for military students transitioning to campus life. See First- and Second-Year Experience for more information.

Tutoring (ACCESS)

  • Tutoring Centers are open to all NIU undergraduate students at no charge.
  • Tutoring Centers are conveniently located in Grant South, New Residence Hall, and Founders Memorial Library. No appointment needed; just walk in for help. Hours of operation 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.

Computer Labs

The Division of Information Technology has 13 computer labs on the DeKalb campus. 

All labs run general productivity software such as word processing and spreadsheets, and all but 6 computers are PCs (the Art Building Lab in AB217 contains 6 Macs). Students can use the labs to read and send e-mail and browse the Web. Each lab has printing and scanning capabilities.

The University Writing Center

The University Writing Center at Stevenson South, Tower B, 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.

Equipment is 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:

  • Audio and graphics production labs
  • Media production materials available for purchase at cost
  • Extensive video library related to a range of topics in education
  • Large collection of education and school texts
  • Instructional equipment rentals
  • Satellite reception capability for teleconferences
  • Video conference classrooms and support

Disability Resource Center (DRC)

The Disability Resource Center 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).

Contact Us

MPTSS Lounge and Support Services
Holmes Student Center 23K
815-753-9999
ocntss@niu.edu
815-752-9999 (FAX)



Military Student Benefits Counseling
Campus Life Building 240
815-753-0691
mss@niu.edu
815-753-0943 (FAX)