Checklist for Orientation and Your First Year

Before you get started, make sure you also browse our checklist for admitted students so you know you’re up-to-date on your transition to NIU!

  • 1

    Register for Online Orientation and Pay Your Confirmation Fee.

    Click on the Undergraduate Orientation tile in the MyNIU Student Center to reserve your date.

    You may pay your confirmation fee immediately, or defer payment to the start of the semester.

  • 2

    Complete the Pre-Complete the Pre-Orientation Program (POP).

    You should start this required program at least two weeks before orientation. It will help you learn about the requirements for your major and introduce you to tools and resources.

    To access the program, log in to MyNIU and click on the Pre-Orientation Program link in the upper left corner of the student homepage.

    Turn your volume on for the embedded videos (we recommend you use a computer). You can leave the program at any time. It will remember where you left off.

  • 3

    If You’ve Changed Your Major, Make Sure We Have it on File!

    It's important that we have your correct major at orientation. If you have changed your major since you applied to NIU, fill out a change your major form. After you submit the form, we'll send you confirmation of the change within 48 hours.

    Please note: If you change your major, you may have to change your orientation date. If this happens, we will contact you to reschedule.

  • 4

    Monitor Your Email to See if You Need to Take Placement Tests.

    Please see our FAQ for information about placement testing, or check the NIU Testing Services website.

    If you have any questions, please contact Testing Services at 815-753-1203 or

  • 5

    Get Ready for Your Advising Appointment and Course Registration.

    During your online orientation, you'll meet virtually with your academic advisor and register for classes. Here's how to prepare:

  • 6

    Participate in Your Advising Session and Orientation Programming.

    Upon registering for orientation, you’ll have access to online orientation sessions, chats and more leading up to and after the date you selected. Look for details in your NIU email account!

    In addition to advising on your scheduled advising date, you’ll participate in a live Huskie to Huskie chat with NIU’s student Orientation Leaders and other new Huskies like you.

  • 7

    Enroll in a University Experience Course and Complete Class Registration.

    After meeting with your academic advisor, it’s important to complete your course registration in MyNIU.

    Adding a University Experience (UNIV) course to your schedule will set you up for success your first year and beyond.

  • 8

    Explore Engagement and Involvement Opportunities.

    Get ready to start your first semester at NIU. The last few weeks before the start of the semester is the perfect time to check out how you can get involved in activities, student organizations, leadership roles, community service and more.

  • 9

    Planning to live on campus? Make sure you’re ready for move-in!

    You should receive your move-in packet from Housing and Residential Life in the mail. Make sure to pay close attention to your instructions for a smooth move-in experience.

    All new students planning to live on campus are expected to participate in move-in activities, and will enjoy Week of Welcome (WOW) events just for new Huskies. 

  • 10

    Get ready for Week of Welcome (WOW) and your first semester!

    Expect a warm introduction to NIU with our Week of Welcome (WOW), offering activities and events just for our newest Huskies.

    Fall classes will begin on Aug. 24, 2020. It’s important that you pick up all of your required textbooks before the start of classes.

    Take advantage of more welcome events for new students happening all year to get connected to campus and make a strong start at NIU.

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