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Parents and Families

At NIU, your student will have all the resources of a large university, and they'll feel at home in our close-knit community. We'll provide your student with amazing opportunities, including:

NIU will prepare your student for success after graduation. They'll receive guidance from our Career Services department and unique opportunities to learn from industry leadership coaches through our partnership with Braven. They'll also have opportunities to connect with our amazing alumni network - over 253,000 alumni strong.

Support for First-generation Students

If your student will be the first person in your family to go to college, they won't be alone at NIU. About half of our first-year students are first-generation college students. We offer many resources for first-gen students.

Get Involved

We'll be here to support your family as your student begins their life on campus. We offer many ways for you to get involved, including:

Paying for College

We believe a life-changing NIU education should be within reach of everyone. We have expert financial aid advisors who will help you understand costs and financial aid options. Explore the following resources to learn more:

Frequently Asked Questions


Support Services

Is counseling available for NIU students?

Yes. The Academic Advising Center assists students who have not chosen a major with identifying major and career options, choosing appropriate courses, clarifying life and educational goals and utilizing university resources.

Counseling and Consultation Services provides individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and referral, substance abuse assessments, eating disorder assessments, anger interventions, learning and study skills assistance, workshops, consultation (concerning mental health issues, programming and organizations) and training for graduate students.

Campus Life


Contact Us

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
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