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Campus Visits

Come to DeKalb and enjoy a one-hour general admissions presentation and a one-hour walking tour of campus.

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Personalized Visits

Our regularly scheduled campus tours are awesome, but if you would like to plan your own visit, we can make that happen! Let us help you plan a visit to campus based on your specific interests. You will experience firsthand our welcoming faculty, inclusive campus community and discover that your future is our focus at NIU!

A few things to note before requesting your personalized visit:

  • Personalized visits are offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Personalized visits are a self-guided experience. Please make sure you are on-time and at the correct location of each appointment.
  • In compliance with NCAA rules, please contact NIU Athletics staff to coordinate a visit with a sports program.
  • At least 10 days advance notice is required for a personalized visit. We will not be able to accommodate any requests that fall outside of this timeframe.
  • Personalized visits do not replace orientation.

We are unable to schedule personalized visits during university closures, admissions event days and winter break. Other dates are at the discretion of the Office of Admissions.

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Transfers Get Information Fridays (TGIF)

Join us for a campus visit, designed just for Transfer students. “Transfers Get Information Fridays” or TGIF events feature meetings with an admission counselor, a transfer-specific admission presentation and a tour of campus. TGIF presentations begin weekly at 11:30 a.m.

Register for a transfer visit

Transfer students find a home at NIU, with over fifty percent of our students holding credits from other institutions. Whether you are seeking challenging academics, a vibrant campus life or opportunities to serve the community around you by expressing your unique talents and interests, you'll find Northern Illinois University an engaging place to live and learn. An NIU education is nationally-recognized in quality, nationally-ranked in value and aimed at providing you with personal, career and life success.

We encourage you to explore our academic programs, experiential learning opportunities, student organizations and opportunities to capitalize on our partnerships to bring your learned theories into practice.

Transfer students are encouraged to attend the transfer-specific presentation and tour scheduled once a day on most Fridays, but are welcome at all visits.

Virtual Tour

Visit the NIU campus from the comfort of your own home using our interactive Virtual Tour.

Virtual Tour

Open House

At our Open House, you'll spend the day exploring NIU through a program customized for you. Choose an academic track and learn more about one of our six undergraduate colleges. Tour different programs and facilities, and learn more about financial aid, our honors program and our cultural resource centers.

Travel Planning

To truly understand how we can help make your future goals a reality, you need to experience our campus.

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If you need an accommodation for your visit, please contact the Office of Admissions at 815-753-0446 or as soon as possible.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
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