It’s not possible to meet with your advisor or register for classes without attending orientation first.
First-Year Orientation FAQs
Students who will begin classes in the spring semester attend orientation in November or December. For students who begin classes in the summer or fall semester, they must attend orientation in April, June, July, or August.
You’ll be able to register for classes after you attend orientation.
Please note: Depending on your orientation date, you may not be able to register for classes at your orientation program. Make sure to check your enrollment appointment in your MyNIU student center.
Please fill out a change your major form.
We’ll contact you once you fill out the form if you need to change your orientation date. Some majors don't advise every orientation day or your new major might be full on your orientation date.
Express Orientation is an abbreviated program providing you with the most essential information/resources on campus, an appointment with an advisor and registration for the upcoming semester. You’ll also get to visit Financial Aid and get your student ID (OneCard). If Express Orientation is an option for you, you’ll see it when you register in MyNIU.
When registering for your orientation program via MyNIU, check the "Required Services" box and include a comment about the accommodation you need. NIU and your orientation program will have numerous support services for students who have a temporary injury or health issue, difficulty with mobility and other disabilities. You can also contact us at least two weeks prior to your orientation program at 815-753-1535 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Your confirmation fee is used to secure your enrollment to NIU and to pay for your orientation program. Program costs including staffing, publications, a/v equipment, and facilities used during orientation.
No, the confirmation fee you pay to attend orientation is nonrefundable regardless of circumstances. Please make certain of your plans to attend before paying the fee.
You should plan to be at orientation for most of the day. The program begins with check-in at 8 a.m. Most students end their orientation day mid-afternoon. If you can’t attend the entire program, you’ll be asked to reschedule your orientation. You won’t be able skip any portions of the program.
Review the Placement Testing website to help you determine if testing is required or recommended for your selected major as well as testing dates. Testing questions should be directed to the Office of Testing Services by phone at 815-753-1203, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Yes, there is no additional cost to bring family to your orientation day. There are numerous sessions during the morning portion of the day your family will attend with you.
Please note: Any family, friends, current students, or partners will not be allowed to attend your academic advising/registration portion of the orientation day.
Contact Orientation & Family Connections at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-753-1535 to reschedule.
First, double check your NIU email or email you gave on your application to NIU. Make sure to double check your SPAM or JUNK folders. If it’s not there, email us at email@example.com and we’ll resend your confirmation.
Orientation participants should park in the Visitor’s Lot located at 201 Carroll Avenue, DeKalb, IL. It is free to park. Make sure to mention to the parking attendant you are there for orientation. After you park, head to the Holmes Student Center Gallery Lounge for the start of the program.
Your orientation day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at the Holmes Student Center, Gallery Lounge (Main Floor). Look for orientation signs and balloons to the location start.
Yes. All university offices will be open and available to help you. Please note, you cannot leave the orientation program to take care of other university business. After your advising/registration is completed, you’ll have time to visit other offices.
No, the orientation program will not provide lunch. During lunch time, you’ll be with your advisor or waiting to meet with your advisor. We suggest bringing snacks or lunch to eat while you wait. There are numerous dining options around campus.