Transfer Student Orientation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Your health and well-being are the top priorities at NIU and Orientation and First Year Programs. In response to COVID-19, we're adapting our on-campus orientations to a non-face-to-face format. If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at

We have recently updated our transfer FAQ webpage in response to these changes.

Read more about NIU's response to COVID-19 and our continuing efforts to keep our campus community safe.

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Our virtual orientation program is required for admitted students, and will help you discover what it means to be a Huskie. You'll connect to student resources like financial aid, learn how to get involved on campus, meet with your academic advisor and register for classes. See our orientation checklist to get started.

What to know about summer orientation

You will need to confirm your intent to enroll and pay your enrollment fee before you sign up for orientation. Once you’ve paid your fee you’ll be able to sign up for an orientation date.

  • You can sign up for orientation by logging into the MyNIU navigating to the Undergraduate Orientation tile on the Student Homepage. Advising for some academic programs is not available for all sessions. Dates do fill quickly — so register today! Please note, we do not have a waitlist.
  • Your virtual orientation experience will include your Pre-Orientation Program (POP), access to a curated Orientation Video Playlist, virtual meetings with an Orientation Leader and your initial advising and registration appointment with your academic advisor.
    • After you’ve registered for orientation, you’ll begin receiving emails with information about how to make the most of your virtual orientation programming.
    • An academic advisor from your college will contact you within the seven days leading up to your registered orientation advising date to provide you with your advising appointment time.
  • If you've changed your major since you've applied to NIU, please make sure you fill out a change your major form. You'll receive confirmation of this change within 48 hours of submission.

Please note: Depending on your orientation date, you may not be able to register for classes at your orientation program. Be sure to check your enrollment appointment on your MyNIU Student Homepage.

Have questions? Check out our FAQ.

Fall Orientation Advising

Online orientation advising for students starting at NIU in the spring 2021 semester. Fall dates will be added in early October.

Session Date
1 Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020
2 Friday, Nov. 20, 2020
3 Monday, Nov 23, 2020
4 Friday, Dec. 4, 2020
5 Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020
6 Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021
7 Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

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Orientation and First Year Programs
Altgeld Hall 100
DeKalb, IL 60115

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