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Transfer Family Orientation

Families of students starting at NIU in summer or fall 2017 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 one meal, parking, full day of sessions and helpful materials. Your student can register for you for Family Orientation when they register for orientation. (June, July and August sessions only)

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 begins at with check-in at 8 a.m. The last Family Orientation session ends at 2:15 p.m. Depending on how long your student is in advising/registration, you may need to wait for him/her to finish. You’ll attend some sessions with your students and others separately. After formal sessions conclude, families can visit with Financial Aid or tour campus.

Meals: The Family Orientation fee covers lunch with your student in a university dining hall (families of students who attend a fall orientation program only). 

Advising/Registration at Orientation: During Family Orientation, families will get to meet with their student’s academic college. However, families do not attend academic advising and registration. You’ll meet back up with your student after advising activities have concluded.

Check-in: Check-in for orientation between 8-8:30 a.m. If new students arrive after 8:30 a.m., they’ll be asked to reschedule.

When you check in, you’ll receive the final printed schedule. Here is a sample schedule.

Registration and Fees

In order to attend orientation with your student, all family members and guest must register and pay the Family Orientation fee.

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.

Family Orientation Fees

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.

Family Orientation Fees
Online, prior to program On-site, day of program
Program Fee $13 per person* $18 per person*

*fee is charged per person regardless of the age of participant

How to Register

Signing up is easy—just follow these steps:

  1. Your student needs to log into MyNIU using their Z-ID and password.
  2. Click on “Student Center.”
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Orientation Sign-Up.”
  4. Once the page loads, select “Family Options” to add guests.
  5. Follow the prompts and make the Family Orientation fee payment.

In order to attend orientation with your student, you must sign up for Family Orientation. Online reservations will be accepted up until 72 hours before the start of your student’s orientation program. However, registration at the door will be available, but you’ll be subject to the on-site rates.

Family Orientation runs concurrently with the student program but several sessions for families are separate because they are designed specifically for family members. Once registered, guests will receive their own confirmation email with more details.

Parking is included in your Family Orientation registration fee.

You’ll park in the Visitors Parking Lot (201 Carroll Avenue, DeKalb, IL). Just tell the lot attendant you’re here for orientation. After you park, it’s a short walk to the start of the program in the Holmes Student Center, Gallery Lounge.

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 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.