First-year Student Orientation

Orientation is required for all admitted students. You'll meet other students, learn about campus offices and resources, and register for classes.  There are important tasks that you are required to complete prior to your Orientation date. Learn more about how to prepare for Orientation.

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Your Orientation Program

Your Orientation experience is comprised of three parts:

  • 1

    Pre-orientation Program (POP).

    You'll start with our Pre-Orientation Program (POP), a self-guided online module that you complete at your own pace prior to your Orientation date. You'll access POP through your Next Steps Portal, and we'll send you an email when it's time to get started. 

  • 2

    Orientation and Class Registration.

    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 register for your first-semester classes. You may bring up to two guests to your in-person Orientation, and you'll provide that information when you register for your Orientation date. There is no fee for guests.
    • Virtual: For the select virtual dates available, your Orientation date and class registration will take place online via Microsoft Teams.

    Registration is required, and dates fill up quickly. Register as soon as you are able to. 

  • 3

    Post-Orientation Program (POP 2.0).

    Your Post-Orientation Program (or as we like to call it, POP 2.0) is a self-guided module that you'll complete after attending your Orientation date. Watch your NIU email for information about accessing and completing POP 2.0.

Spring 2024 Orientation Dates for First-Year Students

Orientation dates for students beginning classes in Spring 2024 are listed below. We recommend registering for the earliest date you can.

Date Format
Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 In person
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023 Virtual
Friday, Dec. 8, 2023 Virtual
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023 In person

Summer/Fall 2024 Orientation Dates for First-Year Students

Orientation dates for students beginning classes in Summer or Fall 2024 are listed below. We recommend registering for the earliest date you can.

Date Format
Wednesday, June 5, 2024 In person
Friday, June 7, 2024 In person
Monday, June 10, 2024 Virtual
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 In person
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 In person
Friday, June 21, 2024 In person
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 In person
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 In person
Thursday, July 11, 2024 In person
Thursday, July 18, 2024 Virtual
Friday, July 19, 2024 In person
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 In person
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2024 In person

Make Sure You're Ready

  • 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.
  • Check your Next Steps Portal for tasks you need to complete.
  • If you have any questions, try checking the orientation FAQ.

Contact Us

Orientation and First Year Programs
Williston 334
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1535
orientation@niu.edu

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