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First-Year Orientation (Fall)

Orientation programs for students starting at NIU in the fall 2018 semester.

Things to know about orientation:

  • Attendance at a complete orientation program is mandatory, partial attendance does not fulfill your requirement. This includes staying overnight in Grant North.
  • You must pay your confirmation fee of $155.00 in order to confirm your admission to NIU and to make an orientation reservation.
  • At orientation, you’ll begin to learn how to navigate the numerous academic and support services available to help you succeed.
  • Orientation is when you meet with your advisor and register for classes. You can’t register for classes without attending orientation first.

At orientation, you’re also going to:

  • Understand your academic expectations, graduation requirements and responsibilities
  • Meet and begin to build a relationship with your academic advisor
  • Begin to learn about the tools and resources designed to help you be successful
  • Become familiar with the campus environment, both physical and online
  • Identify how you want to get engaged and involved at NIU
  • Meet and begin to make friends with other new students
  • Increase your awareness of issues that could impact your time at NIU and learn about resources and strategies for success
  • Learn what it means to be an NIU Huskie—a member of an inclusive community