Registering for Orientation

You might not be new to college, but you will be new to NIU! That's why we'll give you the best start possible with our orientation program. You can only register for orientation after you’ve confirmed your intent to enroll and paid your enrollment fee. Please read our transfer FAQ before you register.

How to register:

  1. Log in to the NIU Next Steps portal using the personal email address that you used to complete your application to NIU. Your NIU Next Steps portal email address and password are different from the ones you use to access MyNIU to confirm your enrollment and pay your enrollment fee. Learn more about accessing and using these two systems.
    Note: If you do not remember or if you do not know your password, choose “Forgot Your Password” and enter the email address you used to apply to NIU and your date of birth. The system will send a temporary PIN to that email address which you can then use to set a new password and access the portal.
  2. Choose the "Register for Orientation Today!" button.
  3. Select on the type of orientation program you would like to attend.
  4. Choose your orientation date.

Once you register, we'll send you an email within 48 hours to confirm your reservation and provide details about next steps. 

Family Member Orientation

We understand you might have family members who want to know more about your transition to NIU. That's why they'll have the opportunity to complete an online family orientation. If you will be attending an in-person Orientation Day, you can register up to 2 guests when you select your orientation date. Please note that you'll attend the academic advising portion of orientation on your own. 

Contact Us

Orientation and First Year Programs
Stevenson Towers South
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1535
orientation@niu.edu

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