Preparing for Orientation

Take these steps to prepare for and complete your Orientation requirement.

  • 1

    Register for Orientation.

    You can register for orientation after you’ve confirmed your intent to enroll and paid your enrollment fee. After you've paid your fee, login to your Next Steps portal to register for Orientation.

  • 2

    Complete your Pre-orientation Program (POP).

    You can access your Pre-orientation Program (POP) through your Next Steps Portal. We recommend starting it at least two weeks before your Orientation date.

  • 3

    Take your required placement exams.

    As a first-year student, you're required to take any placement exams prior to your Orientation date. We recommend starting them at least three months in advance. For more information, please see our Testing Services website

  • 4

    Submit a photo for your NIU OneCard.

    You'll need to submit a photo for your NIU OneCard (student ID). Within 3 business days of registering for Orientation, you'll receive an email with instructions on uploading a photo to be used on your ID. Check your NIU email account for a message from the OneCard Office with the subject line “NIU OneCard Photo Submission.” 

  • 5

    Complete your Student Financial Agreement.

    You must complete the Student Financial Agreement in MyNIU before you attend Orientation and register for classes for the 2023-2024 academic year. You'll find the agreement listed as a task on your To Do List in the MyNIU Student System. View our step-by-step instructions on how to complete it. If you have specific questions about the agreement, please call 815-753-1885 or email
  • 6

    Attend Orientation on your registered date.

    On your Orientation date, we'll connect you with helpful resources, engage with departments essential to your success, meet with your academic advisor and register for classes. Please bring your own device, ideally a laptop, for the class registration portion of your day.

    You can prepare to register for classes by:

  • 7

    Complete your Post-Orientation Program (POP 2.0).

    Once you've attended your Orientation date, you'll be emailed a link to POP 2.0, a self-guided module that will help you learn more about how to get involved and engaged on campus to make the most of your time at NIU.

Changing Your Major

Please note: If you changed your major since you applied to NIU, you must submit a change your major form. We'll confirm the change within 48 hours. We may contact you to reschedule your orientation date.

Contact Us

Orientation and First Year Programs
Williston 334
DeKalb, IL 60115

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