Academic Support and Resources

We're here to assist you during this challenging time. In addition to a range of academic support services, we offer resources to help you access the internet and other technology.

Academic Support Services

Most of our academic support services are virtual and have extended hours beyond normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Some in-person interactions may take place with careful consideration of health and safety guidelines.


Our advisors provide one-on-one support to help Huskies create academic plans for career and personal success. Students are appointed advisors through their colleges or departments, while those without majors or affiliation with one of our six undergraduate colleges are personally helped through our Academic Advising Center.

ACCESS Tutoring and Support Services

Huskies become confident in their studies through a variety of ACCESS programs, including one-one-tutoring, an Ask a Tutor help desk for quick academic questions and group tutoring in historically difficult courses through Supplemental Instruction.

University Writing Center

Students receive individual help with everything from brainstorming for an essay to polishing the final draft at our University Writing Center. The center provides guidance in all areas of writing, including organization, grammar, punctuation and more.

Orientation and First Year Programs

Orientation and First Year Programs set Huskies up for success from the start with an extensive lineup of activities, services and events. Along with introducing new undergraduate students and their family members to NIU, Orientation and First Year Programs hosts a Week of Welcome, University Experience courses, a First-Year Success Series, Common Read, mentoring and more.

University Honors

Accepted into the program based on their academic achievements, activities and leadership roles, University Honors students are provided personalized experiences and specialized and challenging courses. Among the exclusive advantages they enjoy are priority registration for courses, small courses taught by top professors, guaranteed admission into several graduate programs, internship opportunities, special scholarships and grant offerings and more.


One of many pathways to success at NIU, our CHANCE Program has provided a unique campus-wide support system to Huskies for more than 50 years. CHANCE offers academic, social, financial and organization guidance to students who could benefit from enhanced services, such as an extended orientation experience, a personal introduction to resources, expanded academic and career advising and more. Student success counselors serve as coaches and personal advocates for CHANCE students.

Cultural Resource Centers

Our Cultural Resource Centers — the Asian-American Center, Center for Black Studies, Disability Resource Center, Latino Resource Center, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center and Military and Post-Traditional Student Services – foster cultural awareness, while directly supporting our students’ cultural identities. They’re meant to be a home away from home, where students can connect with one another and broaden their cultural knowledge.

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center works individually with students with disabilities to determine their needs and develop a plan to meet them. Among the numerous services and accommodations provided to anywhere from 800 to 1,000 students are access to adaptive technology, interpreters and reformatted course materials.

Career Services

Career Services helps students connect their majors to careers that interest them by offering a wide array of resources for every stage of career preparation. Huskies can reach out for help writing resumes and cover letters, information on job fairs and more. Career Services also offers the free job board Huskies Get Hired.


JobsPLUS provides students with a network of academic, employer and extracurricular partners. JobsPLUS workshops and presentations cover topics on career growth, conflict management, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and more.

Counseling and Consultation Services

Counseling and Consultation Services offers comprehensive mental health support through both individual and group counseling. Students experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety or general emotional health concerns are encouraged to reach out.


Technology Resources

If your classes are fully or partially online, access to an electronic device and internet connection is essential. Here are some options for obtaining access to needed equipment and the internet:

Visit Keep Learning for detailed information on online learning tips.

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