Skip navigation

Transfer Family Orientation

Families of students starting at NIU in summer or fall 2018 are invited to attend Family Orientation.

Things to remember about Family Orientation:

  • Family Orientation is an opportunity for you to meet key academic and support staff who will play a key role in your student’s success. Sessions at orientation cover important topics such as: finances, health/wellness and safety.
  • You’ll attend sessions with and without your student. Although you’ll get to meet your student’s academic college, you don’t attend advising/registration with him/her.
  • Family Orientation is designed for parents and other adult family members. Information presented may not be appropriate for younger siblings or children.
  • There is no fee to attend transfer family orientation, but we would like your student to register you when they sign-up for his/her own orientation through MyNIU.

Family Orientation will introduce you to key academic and support services available to your student. You’ll meet faculty, staff and current students who will share information and advice with you about student success at NIU.  Family Orientation is also a time to questions answered and help you prepare you for the transition of your student attending NIU.

Family Orientation is designed for parents and other adult family members. Information presented may not be appropriate for younger siblings or children.

Length of Family Orientation: Family Orientation begins at with check-in at 8 a.m. The last Family Orientation session ends at 11:30 p.m. Depending on how long your student is in advising/registration, you may need to wait for him/her to finish. You’ll attend some sessions with your students and others separately. After formal sessions conclude, families can visit with Financial Aid or tour campus.

Meals: The Family Orientation does not include lunch. Due to construction at the Holmes Student Center, dining options on campus will be limited. We recommend bringing a bag lunch.

Advising/Registration at Orientation: During Family Orientation, families will get to meet with their student’s academic college. However, families do not attend academic advising and registration. You’ll meet back up with your student after advising activities have concluded.

Check-in: Check-in for orientation between 8-8:30 a.m. If new students arrive after 8:30 a.m., they’ll be asked to reschedule.

When you check in, you’ll receive the final printed schedule. Here is a sample schedule.

Parking is included in your Family Orientation registration fee.

You’ll park in the Visitors Parking Lot (201 Carroll Avenue, DeKalb, IL). Just tell the lot attendant you’re here for orientation. After you park, it’s a short walk to the start of the program in the Holmes Student Center, Gallery Lounge.

Failure to follow parking instructions could result in parking tickets. Orientation and Family Connections is not responsible for parking fines.

If your student decides to not attend NIU after signing up for an orientation session, please contact us at to cancel your Family Orientation reservation.

The confirmation fee and family orientation fee(s) are nonrefundable. Please be certain of your student’s decision to attend NIU before paying the confirmation and family orientation fees and making your orientation reservations.