Huskies Stay Connected

Stay Connected

Make the Most of Your Huskie Experience

These are unique times, for sure. We know it’s been challenging, but Huskie pride has never been stronger as we all take these days one step at a time.

Huskies persevere. Huskies adapt. And now, more than ever, Huskies take care one of another.

You don’t have to live on campus to experience lifelong friendships, get involved, get the help you need to succeed and have fun. Take it from our professors and your fellow Huskies! Check out our Tips for a Successful Semester, where they offer all sorts of advice on ways to stay on track in a virtual world.

Wherever you are, we’re bringing NIU to you.

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Five ways to stay connected

  • 1

    Stay Social.

    Remember physical distancing doesn’t mean social distancing.

    • Connect wherever you are with our NIU Mobile App. You can now receive app notifications about important dates, campus events and information. And we’ve added unique experiences for our new Huskies, as well as our returning students.
    • Join student groups and make a difference! Under the OASIS hub, we have more than 300 student organizations that focus on service, diversity and culture, or entertainment and excitement. In-person events and activities might be limited, but there are still plenty of ways to connect virtually. Find out how by visiting our brand new Huskie Link.
    • Connect on social media. Meet other Huskies through the Official Facebook Groups for current students.
    • Chill with a watch party like the ones offered through services like Netflix, Kast or Facebook.
    • Discover our Fraternity and Sorority Life, now offering a wealth of virtual resources.
    • Follow our HuskiesofNIU on Instagram to see what life is like through the eyes of a different Huskie each week.
    • Our Huskies living in residence halls should keep an eye out for activities like trivia contests, online book clubs, virtual open-mic nights and more.
  • 2

    Find Your Community.

    Together, we’ve got this!

    • Connect culturally. Available virtually and continually hosting events to keep Huskies informed and supported, our Cultural Resource Centers offer a home away from home.
    • Look for study buddies. Form virtual study groups through Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
    • Find a mentor. Seek out mentors based on year of study, academics, ethnicity, race and other interests.
    • Is this your first year at NIU? Check out our revamped First-Year Success Series, offering refreshers on the programs and services introduced during Orientation like financial literacy, academic planning, wellness and more.
    • Interested in religion? Through our liaison with the Association of Campus Religious Organizations, we keep Huskies informed of the numerous religious organizations with a presence on campus.
    • Game on. Play with and against other gamers in Esports online pick-up games. Join us on NIU Esports Discord and pass the time with friendly competition.
    • Simplify your commute. Our Commuter and Off-Campus Programs helps connect Huskies living off campus. Find places to study, parking lots, bus routes and more.
    • Seek military support. All veteran, active duty, people of the National Guard and their families will find support through our Military and Veteran Services.
  • 3

    Be the Best You.

    Something big awaits you at NIU.

    • Support a cause. The Social Justice Education team in Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is providing tons of engaging programming, including a podcast series aligned with this year’s Common Read, “When they Call You a Terrorist.”
    • Be well. Focusing on school is tough when you’re feeling unwell. Put your physical, mental and emotional health first so you’re able to do well in your courses. Check out our wellness tips and activities like Paint Nights offered through Mission Wellness.
    • Expand your horizons. Career Services and Jobs PLUS offer a variety of virtual services from networking events to virtual career fairs to resume support, interview help and meet-and-greets with alumni from diverse fields.
    • Make an impact. The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning provides grant funding for undergraduate research and community engagement and hunts down opportunities for students to engage throughout campus and beyond.
  • 4

    Stay Active and Explore.

    Seize new adventures.

    • See all NIU has to offer with virtual visits, tours and more!
    • Rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard with Outdoor Adventures at our beautiful lagoon.
    • Try out a virtual group fitness class like Zumba or Danceworks or work out at our Recreation Center. Open with adjusted hours of operations and facility layout changes and restrictions, the center features more than 100,000 square feet of space, including multipurpose courts, cardio and strength-training rooms, a three-lane track, a boxing and plyometric room and a TRX room, among numerous other amenities.
    • How about some table tennis, badminton or archery? Check out our intramural sports and sport clubs.
    • Take a walk, hike or jog. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, DeKalb’s 44 parks offer plenty of space to venture out, whether on foot, bike or skates.
    • Explore DeKalb’s other offerings like disc golf. For those living on campus, our Huskie buses will shuttle you where you need to go.
  • 5

    Get help when needed.

    We’re here for our Huskies.

    Practice patience with yourself and others and try to keep in mind the current circumstances are temporary.

    • Not sure where to turn with questions? The Center for Student Assistance is a hub for general student concerns. Among many services, the center provides legal and housing services, and support for food insecurity.
    • Know mental health support is available. Counseling and Consultation Services provides tele-health for students experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety or general emotional health.
    • Seek accommodations. The Disability Resource Center offers personal assistance to students with disabilities.
    • For physical health, Northwestern Medicine Student Health Center at NIU provides general medical support and accepts most insurance plans.
    • Take advantage of academic resources.
      • Find virtual tutoring in a variety of courses through ACCESS.
      • The Writing Center offers virtual writing support, including help with essays, organization, grammar and punctuation.
      • The CEET Tutoring Center provides virtual tutoring and on-demand video solutions for math and engineering courses.
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