University Experience

Why should I take a University Experience course?

University Experience (UNIV 101 and UNIV 201) provides you with an invaluable introduction to college. These elective, one-credit, 16-week classes are designed to help you adjust to NIU.

In addition to developing skills necessary to succeed in college — and beyond — you’ll:

  • Practice learning strategies through collaborative activities and meet other new Huskies.
  • Network with NIU employees and understand where to seek resources for your success.
  • Learn how to use such essential online tools as MyNIU, Blackboard and student email.
  • Get tips for a head start on upper-level writing, communication and critical thinking.

How do I enroll in UNIV 101 or UNIV 201?

When you meet with your advisor during your scheduled orientation appointment, let them know you’re interested in registering for UNIV 101 or UNIV 201 (for transfers). They can help you find options to work with your schedule.

When you’re ready, visit MyNIU to pick your section and add it to your schedule.

If you have any questions or need help signing up, call 815-753-0028 or email for assistance.


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