Frequently Asked Questions
Family Weekend is a chance for family members to visit and experience NIU with their student. In collaboration with the DeKalb and surrounding communities, NIU presents programming and activities for family members of all ages. We hope you’ll join us this September 14-16!
Family Weekend is open to all families and community members! We invite parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sibling, alumni and friends to come to campus and enjoy all of our scheduled events.
Each family’s itinerary for Family Weekend may vary! We do our best to host a variety of events that will appeal to a wide array of interests, so there may be some events scheduled with overlapping start times. It is up to you and your family to decide what activities you participate in.
Many Family Weekend events do not require any pre-registration and are free. Make sure to review the Family Weekend schedule to learn more.
You will register for the Bag Toss Tournament through the Family Weekend Registration. Tickets for the Family Weekend football game and many of the other events can be purchased through the links provided in the “Event Details” section of the schedule. On-site registration may be available for some events—be sure to ask at check-in if you would like to register for last minute event tickets.
Family Weekend Check-in is a great place to meet up with your student.Depending on what day you plan to arrive on campus, you can either meet at the Holmes Student Center on Friday night before heading to see the free movie in the Holmes Student Center or on Saturday at “The Yard” as you prepare to cheer on the Huskies as they play the Central Michigan Chippewas.
All families who have made payments through the Family Weekend registration for the Bag Toss Tournament must check-in to receive their tickets.
Yes, students are welcome to check-in for their families. Check-in will take place on Friday, September 14, in the Holmes Student Center, Gallery Lounge from 4-7 p.m. and at “The Yard” on Saturday, September 15 before the football game. Registration materials will only be available during the scheduled check-in times.
Tickets for east side seating (student section) or the west side seating can be purchased NIU Athletics through Ticketmaster (link). Students with a valid OneCard do not need to purchase a ticket for the east side of the stadium since they get into regular home games free. If students and family members wish to sit on the west side of the stadium, each guest (including the student) must purchase a ticket.
Families are welcome to sit on either side of the stadium; however, pricing for the east side and west side of the stadium will vary.If you would like to enjoy the game with your student, we recommend purchasing tickets for east side seating. Tickets for east side seating are in the student section. If your family would prefer not to sit in the student section, you will need to purchase your tickets for the west side of the stadium.
Many people come out to show their Huskie spirit at NIU football games! You can expect there to be tailgating for the football game. Tailgating happens on either side of the stadium You’ll find the official Family Weekend tailgate on the west side of the stadium. We’ll be in what’s called, “The Yard.” Due to the high amount of people that attend tailgating and football games, make sure to plan extra time and patience for parking and walking.
Enjoy a family-oriented tailgate experience at “The Yard.” Stop by the Orientation and Family Connections tent to cheer on families participating in the Bag Toss Tournament or grab a bite to eat from a vendor. Food and drink will be for purchase at various locations in “The Yard”. There will also be a huge TV screen and a “kids zone” with plenty of activities.
The deadline for refunds is Monday, September 3 by 4 p.m. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a refund. Orientation and Family Connections will not honor any refunds requested after Monday, September 3, 2018.
No, tickets are not needed for all events. However, some events have an additional fee and/or require a ticket to participate. Make sure to check the schedule to check for event pricing and registration details. If your family registers for the Family Weekend Bag Toss Tournament, we’ll send you a confirmation e-mail. You’ll be able to pick up your tickets at Family Weekend check-in.
For events with a cost, we recommend paying ahead of time since space is limited.
Contact UsOrientation and Family Connections
Holmes Student Center 605
DeKalb, IL 60115