First-Year Family Orientation
Families of students starting at NIU in summer or fall 2018 are invited to attend Family Orientation.
Things to remember about family orientation:
- Family Orientation is an opportunity for you to meet key academic and support staff who will play a key role in your student’s success. Sessions at orientation cover important topics such as: finances, health/wellness and safety.
- You’ll attend sessions with and without your student. Although you’ll get to meet your student’s academic college, you don’t attend advising/registration with him/her.
- Family Orientation is designed for parents and other adult family members. Information presented may not be appropriate for younger siblings or children.
- A separate registration fee is required in order to attend Family Orientation. The fee includes three meals, full day of sessions and helpful materials. Your student can register for you for Family Orientation when they register for orientation.
Family Orientation will introduce you to key academic and support services available to your student. You’ll meet faculty, staff and current students who will share information and advice with you about student success at NIU. Family Orientation is also a time to questions answered and help you prepare you for the transition of your student attending NIU.
Family Orientation is designed for parents and other adult family members. Information presented may not be appropriate for younger siblings or children.
Length of Family Orientation: Family Orientation runs a full day and a half. You’ll attend some sessions with your students and others separately. Plan to arrive for Family Orientation between 9:10-10:40 a.m at Grant North Residence Hall on day one. On the second day, you’ll meet with your student for breakfast at 7:25 a.m. Sessions for families conclude at 10 a.m.
After formal sessions conclude, families can visit with Financial Aid, tour campus or meet with student services staff (Disability Resource Center, Counseling and Consultation Services, Health Services).
Meals: The Family Orientation fee covers lunch, dinner and breakfast. All meals are with your student.
Advising/Registration at Orientation: On day one, families will get to meet with their student’s academic college. However, families do not attend academic advising and registration on day two. You’ll meet back up with your student on day two after advising activities have concluded.
Check-in: You will check-in for orientation between 9:10-10:40 a.m. at Grant North. If you arrive after 10:40 a.m., you’ll be asked to reschedule.
When you check in, you’ll receive the final printed schedule. Here is a sample schedule.
In order to attend orientation with your student, all family members and guest must register and pay the family orientation fee(s). Although the Family Orientation Program fee is required to attend, families have the option to spend the night with us in a university residence hall (New Hall East) or at the Holmes Student Center Hotel.
We recommend registering for family orientation ahead of time to avoid on-site charges. You can avoid on-site charges by registering at least 72 hours before your student’s orientation program.
All Family Orientation fees are nonrefundable and are used to cover the costs of the Family Orientation program (facilities, technology, food, reservations, parking, supplies/materials, staffing, transportation, etc.).
Compare online, prior to program to on-site, day of program costs.
|Online, prior to program||On-site, day of program|
|Program Fee||$33 per person*||$38 per person*|
|Program Fee with Overnight Stay
in New Hall East (optional)
|$74 per person
||$89 per person
|Program Fee with Overnight Stay
in Holmes Student Center up to two people (optional)
|$102 per person (plus tax)
||Not an option
*fee is charged per person regardless of the age of participant
All new students are expected to spend the night in Grant North. The cost to stay in Grant North for students is included in the student’s confirmation fee. Family members cannot spend the night in Grant North with their student.
Stay in New Hall East: Family members have the option to spend the night in New Hall East for a fee of $44 per family member. Please note, see above for fee information and on-site registration. Only one person can spend the night in a room at New Hall East.
As part of the $44 fee, families will receive a linen packet. The linen packet includes two flat sheets, two towels, one pillow case, one wash cloth, one pillow and blanket. Please note, any linen packets missing items will result in additional fees.
New Hall East is not a hotel, so you won’t have other amenities like lotion, soap or shampoo. You'll want to bring any necessary toiletries with you.
Please note, New Hall East is not available for families during the Monday, August 6 and Tuesday, August 7 orientation programs.
Stay in the Holmes Student Center Hotel: Family members can also choose to spend the night at the Holmes Student Center Hotel for a cost of $66. You can have two guests spend the night in Holmes Student Center Hotel. For more information on the rooms in the hotel, visit go.niu.edu/hotel.
Stay in the local community: NIU has numerous hotels in the local DeKalb and Sycamore area. Mention you’re with NIU "family orientation" a discount may apply.
Many families often will stay on-campus (New Hall East or the Holmes Student Center Hotel) or a local hotel. Many do leave too at the end of day one and come back for day two.
Please note: New Hall East is not available for families during Monday, August 6, 2018 - Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
Parking is included in your Family Orientation registration fee. Instructions on parking and your parking pass will be e-mailed to you and your student 48 hours prior to your orientation program.
Parking for Families Staying in New Hall East: You’ll park in Lot W (Grant Drive East). Please print off your parking pass and show to orientation staff prior to parking in Lot W. Place the parking permit in the driver’s side windshield.
Parking for Families Staying in the Holmes Student Center (HSC) Hotel: You’ll park in Lot W (Grant Drive East). Please print off your parking pass and show to orientation staff prior to parking in Lot W. Place the parking permit in the driver’s side windshield. Bring your luggage inside with you to Grant North. We have a shuttle that’ll take you to the HSC Hotel after you check into orientation.
Parking for Families not Staying at the Holmes Student Center Hotel or New Hall East: You'll park in Lot W (Grant Drive East). Please print off your parking pass and show to orientation staff prior to parking in Lot W. When you return on day two, please use the same parking permit. Orientation staff will not be there to greet you. For both days, the permit needs to be displayed in the driver’s side windshield.
Parking permits need to be used in the correct lots and displayed in the driver’s side windshield. Failure to follow parking instructions could result in parking tickets. Orientation and Family Connections is not responsible for parking fines.
If your student decides to not attend NIU after signing up for an orientation session, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel your Family Orientation reservation.
The confirmation fee and family orientation fee(s) are nonrefundable. Please be certain of your student’s decision to attend NIU before paying the confirmation and family orientation fees and making your orientation reservations.