The fall semester begins in just two weeks! We have missed you and are looking forward to your return, whether in-person or virtual! As you aware, this semester is going to look different, but we are committed to providing you with a quality education and the NIU experience.


Just over a week ago, we released our Protecting the Pack plan to guide the Huskie community in returning to campus. The plan was developed with local, state and federal public health guidance and will remain flexible and ever-changing. The plan outlines expectations and guidance for returning to campus such as:


• Self-monitoring, mask-wearing, physical distancing, etc..

Learning environments and course modalities.

Classrooms protocols for cleaning, arranging chairs, masks, and more.

Living and dining on campus, including testing requirements and policy changes.


As the start of the fall semester grows closer, you are encouraged to check your email more often for updates and information. You will soon receive a Return to Campus Training that we expect all Huskies to complete.


Our commitment to the Northern Pact this year will become more important than ever. We will need to practice increased compassion and patience with, and for, our fellow Huskies. The health and well-being of our community is essential to our success this year, and we expect every Huskie to do their part. We will get through this together because Huskies Never Quit!

Forward Together,

Kelly Wesener Michael, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Chief Student Affairs Officer & Dean of Students
Featured Events

Tuesday, Aug. 11: Stargazing with NIU – In Person and Online - Registration required
Wednesday, Aug. 12: Barre - Group Fitness
Wednesday, Aug. 12: Barre Core - Group Fitness
Thursday, Aug. 13: Introduction to Mindfulness

View all upcoming events >



Huskie Spotlight
Luke Harmon
Growing up I was unsure which direction I wanted to go in terms of a career. After a wonderful experience of being involved with the performing arts throughout high school and community theatre, I chose to make that as a career as something that I enjoy and find very fulfilling.

Learn more about Luke >



NIU salutes 30 years of American with Disabilities Act
When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law July 26, 1990, his action improved access and opportunity across all aspects of community life.

Learn more at NIU Today >



Tell us what activities and services you would like this fall
We want to know what activities and campus services would interest you this fall. To help us with this, take five minutes to complete a brief four-item questionnaire. Thank you in advance for providing your responses.

NIU OneCard ID system maintenance scheduled
The NIU OneCard ID system will be down for an upgrade from Aug 12-13.  During this time, you will not be able to use your OneCard to purchase books with your book voucher, use the washing machines in the residential halls, deposit funds to Huskie Bucks accounts or use Huskie Bucks on and off campus.  We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please contact the OneCard Office at 815-753-9569 Or via email at

The Recreation Center is now open
The Recreation Center is now open with adjusted COVID-19 safety measures. The safety of our patrons and team members is what is most important. Patrons will be required to wear a face mask at all times.

To utilize the facility, advance online registration is required to maintain a maximum of 50 patrons in the facility at any time. Time slots start on the hour for a 50-minute duration and time gaps are used for deep cleaning.

The Adventure Center will also be open to rent outdoor equipment by appointment only.

For more information visit a full list of modifications, requirements, and new adjusted hours. Please reach out to with questions or concerns.

Virtual Private Network (VPN) recently updated

We’re working to increase security and put measures in place to further protect the university’s network as you access your files and programs, remotely. This required an upgrade of the virtual private network, or VPN, that shields your materials from being compromised.

There are a few things you’ll notice when you connect to the upgraded VPN service for the first time:

First, the system may automatically begin upgrading your Cisco AnyConnect application. If this happens, you may need to keep a watch on the upgrade and click “OK” a few times through the process.

Secondly, you’ll be asked to verify your connection with multi-factor authentication – just like when you log in to your email or Blackboard. You’ll be prompted to do this every 30 days. Please check out DoIT’s website for more details on this process.

And lastly, you may also notice that the VPN service has a new name, which will be VPN.NIU.EDU. No need to worry, this won’t change your ability to access your academic resources. All of your materials will still be there and, if you happen to connect to one of the old VPN service names - ASA-VPN.NIU.EDU or SECURE.NIU.EDU, your connection will still work.


If you have trouble connecting to the VPN, please feel free to contact the DoIT service desk at 815-753-8100 or via email at


Sunday, Aug. 30: Last day for undergraduates to add or course drop a first-half-semester or full-semester course(s) via self-service in MyNIU. (Fall 2020) Key Moment
America’s most enduring institutions are those created to meet specific needs and allowed to evolve as those needs change. Such is the story of Northern Illinois University, which this year celebrates its 125th anniversary.


The College of Visual and Performing Arts is established (1973)
As early as 1899, Northern offered courses in drawing and music. The earliest yearbooks show robust student interest in the arts, and that interest persisted well past the half-century mark. In fact, the visual arts had grown to be the largest academic department on campus by the 1960s. Learn more about the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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Northern Illinois University's vision is to be an engine for innovation to advance social mobility; promote personal, professional and intellectual growth; and transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach.
Learn more about NIU’s vision, mission and values.