Move-in is my favorite time of year! Students come to campus full of excitement and hope. It’s a great reminder of why I do the rewarding work that I do. Last year’s Welcome Days video will give you a picture of some of the energy our students bring to campus.

Resources for getting ready for fall:

·         Moving-In guide for the residence halls with reminders about what to bring (or not!)

·         Off-Campus housing resources from Military and Post-Traditional Student Services

·         Download the NIU Safe app

Take a minute as you’re getting ready for the semester to put things in order so your school year will get off to a great start.

“There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation - veneer isn't worth anything.” -George Washington Carver

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

Friday, Aug. 23: Residence Hall Move-in Day

Friday, Aug. 23: Student Teacher Orientation

Friday, Aug. 23: Band Run and Huskie Fall Kick-off

Friday, Aug. 23: RHA Block Party

Saturday, Aug. 24: Saturday of Service

Saturday, Aug. 24: Meet the Greeks

Saturday, Aug 24: RecFest

Saturday, Aug. 24: CVPA Sundaes on Saturday

Saturday, Aug. 24: The Mentalist Team

Saturday, Aug, 24: Glow in the Dark Dance Party

Sunday, Aug. 25: Involvement Fair

Sunday, Aug. 25: President’s Welcome Back Picnic

View all events >



Huskie Spotlight
Emma Villella
So far, my favorite events at NIU have been the football games. I love spending time with friends and family at Huskie Stadium. It’s also the closest place to home that I can get Dippin Dots.

Learn more about Emma >



Living Local
DeKalb KiteFest
The  DeKalb Kite Fest is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and see amazing kites! People of all ages will enjoy seeing the giant inflatable kites, dancing kites, and fighting kites high up in the sky.

Learn more about DeKalb Kite Fest >



Qdoba added to campus dining menu
Campus dining just took on a bit of Southwestern flair.


Qdoba, one of the top Mexican food franchises in America, has signed a contract to become the fourth new food vendor that will serve the campus community when renovation of the Holmes Student Center’s lower level is completed.

Read more at NIU Today >



Purchase your parking permit >



Move-In Day information
For the fall 2019 semester, Gilbert, Grant, Neptune, New Hall and Stevenson residents can move in on Friday, Aug. 23 between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. or anytime after. Friday is the only day that Team NIU volunteers will be standing by to help you move things into your room. You can move in after 2:30 p.m., but Team NIU volunteers won't be around to help.

If you want to arrive before Friday, Aug. 23, we'll give you the chance to 
sign up for early arrival closer to move-in day.

Student Parking Permits available now
2019-2020 Student permits are now available online. You can also purchase them at the Parking Service’s office for an additional $15 fee. Permits that are purchased online are not subject to the additional $15 fee.

The type of permit that a student qualifies for is determined by student residential status.

Please note: We enforce parking regulations on campus much like any city. The fines assessed for parking violations can be costly. For example, the fine for parking in a handicap space without the proper permit displayed is $250, as set by state law! Please be careful to park in the appropriate lot and follow the parking regulations.


FERPA/Shared Access information  
Learn about what information you share! The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, otherwise known as FERPA, requires the university to be legally and ethically obligated to protect the confidentiality of student records. Shared Access provides a convenient way for students to share academic and financial information with their parents or other guests.  

Sign up for direct deposit
Are you expecting a refund? You can sign up for direct deposit in MyNIU to receive your refund faster! For instructions on how to sign up online, please visit How-to Guide: Setting up & Revoking Direct Deposit.

Class schedule changes (add/drop) for undergraduate students
Please see the schedule for adding and dropping classes and be sure to meet with your academic advisers prior to any schedule changes. Contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office regarding the impact of schedule changes on any financial aid. International students need to contact the International Student and Faculty Office (ISFO). 

Students living in university housing who are reducing their schedule to less than 12 hours or are withdrawing from the university must contact Housing and Residential Services. Reducing hours can also impact student insurance. Contact Student Health Insurance for additional information. Student-athletes should contact Student-Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS).


Wednesday, Aug. 21: Last day to enrollment into the Huskie Installment Payment Plan (HIP)

Sunday, Sept. 1: Application for December 2019 graduation due

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