Krista Schaade

Online Student Success Specialist


Krista supports the success and online student experience of NIU's online prospective and new student population, counseling prospective online students through the application and admissions process, and providing encouragement and support. For continuing online students, she coordinates closely with college/academic unit advisors, financial aid professionals, and technical support specialists to provide students with a seamless student support experience.

Programs Supported


Krista resides about an hour south of Chicago, and prior to her time at NIU, she spent the last 6 years working with various groups of students at both the secondary and higher education level. Krista has a combination of experiences from academic advising and counseling to professionally educating students in History, Family and Consumer Sciences, and College Introduction. Krista also coaches for sideline and competitive cheerleading at a high school in Tinley Park.

For leisure, Krista enjoys traveling, working out, and walking her dog, Bandit. Krista loves being outside, spending time with friends and family, and her favorite seasons are Fall and Summer.


  • M.S., Educational Psychology, Capella University, 2022
  • B.A., Secondary Education: History and Social Sciences, Saint Xavier University, 2018
  • A.A., Liberal Arts, Moraine Valley Community College, 2015

Success Tip

Krista's #1 tip for online students is to be aware of the voice they have in their own education. You have a voice, use it! Don't be afraid to ask questions, take advantage of the resources provided, and speak your mind. You control how your college experience goes, make sure it's one you'll never forget.

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Krista Schaade
Phone: 815-753-1925

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Krista Schaade’s Weekly Virtual Office Hours. Every Wednesday, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (CT) via Zoom.

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