First-Year Orientation FAQs


What if I need special accommodations?

When registering for your orientation program via MyNIU, fill out the section titled, Accommodations, to let us know what you’ll need. NIU and your orientation program will have numerous support services for students who have a temporary or permanent health impairment, physical limitations, psychiatric disorders or learning disabilities.

How is the confirmation fee used?

The confirmation fee secures your spot at NIU, covers the costs of your orientation program and a portion of your Welcome Days activities.

Can my family come to advising and registration?

During the orientation program, families will get to meet with their student's major college. Families can ask questions and gather contact information during the Academic Connection session. Only students will attend advising/registration.

Do I have to take placement tests?

Yes, students must take needed placement tests prior to orientation. Testing must be complete at least one week prior to the start of your orientation program. New students can contact Testing Services to learn what placement tests they need and to schedule their test date at 815-753-1203 or visit their website.

I need to change my major.

Please fill out the online form to request a major change.

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.

What is Express Orientation?

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 the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office and get your student ID (OneCard). If Express Orientation is an option for you, you’ll see it when you register in MyNIU.

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