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. They'll also have opportunities to connect with our strong alumni network. NIU's 240,000 alumni are found in all walks of life.

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.

Hear from the Families of NIU

Our employees across NIU’s campus are experts in the college process. But staff and faculty who have families will tell you they’ve learned as much from navigating this journey with their students as they have in their own careers.

At our new Families of NIU blog, you’ll find their favorite insights from our family to yours. We hope our Huskies’ personal stories and insider tips help you and your student in your search. Don’t forget we’re always here to offer one-on-one guidance!

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


Does NIU offer tutoring services for its students?

Yes. Our ACCESS program provides campus-wide academic support and tutoring to undergraduate students. Services include free, individualized appointment-based tutoring in most 100- and 200-level general education courses and a walk-in tutoring center in Grant residence hall.

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 Student Development 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

Is there bus service on campus for students?

NIU maintains the largest student-run university bus system in Illinois. The Huskie buses are in operation seven days a week, while school is in session during the fall and spring semesters, during winter and spring break and for limited hours during summer school. Routes cover the NIU campus and prime shopping areas throughout the city of DeKalb.

Graduation Rate


Contact Us

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
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