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Resources for New Students


We are excited to welcome new students to Northern Illinois University! There are several next steps that you must take to be ready to attend NIU. In addition, we are happy to provide links to other areas on campus that provide services for new students.

Undergraduate Admissions

You will need to confirm your decision to attend NIU. You must also be sure to submit your final high school or college transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

Student Financial Aid

All students are encouraged to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible beginning in January for 2016, or October for 2017. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for state, federal and institutional grants as well as federal student loans.

Office of the Bursar

You can get an estimate of tuition costs from the Office of the Bursar. You can also set up a payment plan.

University Honors Program

Some students are automatically admitted to the University Honors Program upon their admission to NIU. Other students are encouraged to apply. The University Honors Program offers rewarding academic opportunities and an inviting community to undergraduate students who are dedicated to pursing excellence in their studies and lives.

Orientation and Family Connections

All new students must register to attend orientation. Orientation is the beginning of your NIU experience. During orientation you will receive academic advising, register for classes, discover traditions, and make new connections. Family members are welcome and encouraged to participate in Huskie Family Connections.

Housing and Residential Services

Visit the Housing and Residential Services website to learn about important deadlines, housing contracts and room and meal plan selection. New students are encouraged to explore Living-Learning Communities, which strengthen connections between faculty and students within a chosen course of study.

First- and Second-Year Experience

This collection of programs for new freshman and transfer students is designed to support you in your transition to life at NIU. UNIV 101 (for freshmen) and UNIV 201 (for transfers) are courses focused on academic and personal success at NIU.

Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning

OSEEL is dedicated to providing opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in active learning through research and service.

PROMISE Scholars Program

The NIU PROMISE Scholars program is a campus-wide initiative for new freshman and sophomore students enrolled in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) major or who are undecided about their major choice.


Be sure to check MyNIU for important "to-do" items. You will also be able to view your completed financial aid, accept your scholarships and loans, and view your Bursars bill. Also be sure to check your NIU email account frequently for important updates and reminders.

Contact Us

Scholarship Office
Swen Parson Hall 245K
Northern Illinois University
815-753-4829 or
Fax: 815-753-9475

Business Hours
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.