Welcome to the Huskie Family!

Congratulations on being admitted to NIU as a first-year student!

Choosing where you go to college is a life-changing decision, and we're confident that NIU is the right school for you.

Next Steps to Becoming a Huskie

We can’t wait to start our journey with you! Follow these initial steps to join our Huskie family.

1. Confirm Your Intent to Enroll

Declare yourself an official Huskie! Many of your next steps, including this one, will require you to use MyNIU.

2. Pay Your Enrollment Fee

After you confirm your intent to enroll, you’ll be prompted to pay your nonrefundable enrollment fee ($155).

  • While you are still logged into the MyNIU Student System, go to the Financial Account tile to make your payment.
  • If you do not pay your enrollment fee immediately, it will be added to your account and you will see the charge on your monthly statement from the Office of the Bursar.
  • You will not be able to register for orientation until the enrollment fee is paid.

3. Apply for Financial Aid

Fill out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) if you haven’t already, and make sure you added NIU to your list of colleges that receive your FAFSA information.

If you are an Illinois resident but are ineligible for federal aid as an undocumented or transgender student, you can still apply for state assistance through the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid.

Prepare for Your NIU Experience

Heads up, Huskies! Now that you’re official, we want to make your transition to NIU an easy one. 

Be sure to check your email regularly. This is the official way we communicate with our students, and you won’t want to miss out on important information and announcements. These next steps will set you up for success.

Register for Orientation

Orientation is required before enrolling in classes at NIU. 

Sign up for Housing

Submit your housing contract, make your prepayment, choose the hall you’d like to live in and choose your room. The Housing Portal is updated daily. Follow these tips if the residence hall you’d like to live in does not have spaces open for the type of room you prefer.

Learn about NIU’s residence halls and find the one that’s a great fit for your lifestyle. 

Ask Questions or Explore NIU

Have questions? We have lots of ways for you to learn more about becoming a Huskie through both in-person and virtual experiences, including NIU Preview Days, campus visits, virtual info sessions and more.

Try our live chat (available weekdays) or ask Virtual Victor.

Show Your Huskie Pride

Huskie Pride Downloads

Proud Huskie - Black for Profile
  • Social media profile and cover graphics
  • Virtual meeting backgrounds
  • Huskie Pride yard signs and more!

Go to downloads page

NIU GIFs and Stickers

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Connect on Social Media

Connect with NIU

Facebook for Admitted NIU Students

Meet other incoming first-year students in the NIU Official Class of 2026 Admitted Students Facebook group.

Join NIU Class of 2026 Admitted Students


Huskies of Instagram

See what life is like at NIU, follow HuskiesofNIU on Instagram.

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