First-year Student Orientation

Our Orientation Program is required for all admitted students. You'll meet other students, learn about campus offices and resources, meet with your academic advisor and register for classes. You must register for an Orientation Day and complete some tasks both before and after you attend your Orientation Day and Advising Appointment.

Register for Orientation

For first year students starting classes at NIU in:

Your Orientation Experience includes:

Pre-orientation Program (POP)

POP is a required self-guided online module that you complete at your own pace prior to your Orientation date. You will receive information about accessing POP through your NIU email after you pick your Orientation date.

Orientation Date and Advising Appointment - Registration Required

Choose in person or virtual:

  • In person: This is a day on campus where you learn about campus tools and resources and connect with other new students. You also will meet with your academic advisor and register for your first-semester classes. You may bring up to two guests to your in-person Orientation, and you will provide that information when you register for your Orientation Day. There is no fee for guests.
  • Virtual: For the select virtual dates available to first-year students, the Orientation Day and advising session will take place online via Microsoft Teams.

Post-Orientation Program (POP 2.0)

POP 2.0 is a required self-guided module that you complete after attending your Orientation Day. It will help you learn more about how to get involved and engaged on campus to make the most of your time at NIU. You will receive information about accessing POP 2.0 through your NIU email after you attend your Orientation Date.

Make Sure You're Ready

  • Stay on track by completing the Orientation Checklist. You have tasks to complete prior to your Orientation Day.
  • Check your NIU email account frequently! Important information is shared weekly to help prepare you for your first semester at NIU, so make time to review the information that is sent to you.
  • If you have any questions, try checking the orientation FAQ.

Contact Us

Orientation and First Year Programs
Williston 334
DeKalb, IL 60115

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