When you register for courses in MyNIU, the course mode will be labeled as online, hybrid, face-to-face, etc. It will be important for you to connect with your advisor to understand your options or make any necessary changes. Newly admitted students will receive more information about classes in advance of orientation, where you'll work with your advisor on selecting the best options for you. Please check your NIU email for updates.
Frequently Asked Questions for Students
Hybrid courses include both online and face-to-face interactions. For example, a science or engineering course might have online lessons with regular hands-on laboratory experiences. When you register for a hybrid course, you'll see both online (100%) and a classroom listed under the "room" for the course. There will be course meeting times listed. When you click on the course detail, you'll see what days the course will meet face-to-face and what days the course will be held online.
Courses selected to be face-to-face—including laboratory classes and clinicals—require personal interactions, and the class sizes are small enough, or the academic spaces large enough, to maintain proper physical distancing.
It will depend on the course and the professor. Generally, in an online course, you might experience live conferencing and lectures that require you to log in at a certain time; recorded content with no required meeting; or some combination of the two. In all cases, both you and your professor will have an active presence in the virtual classroom.
If you don’t want to meet face-to-face, then we would ask you to move to an online course section. You should discuss your course selections with your advisor.
If you have concerns about online learning, please speak with your advisor. While there are some face-to-face offerings, it’s likely you’ll have online courses in your schedule. Unfortunately, the uncertain situation with the pandemic—and current physical distancing guidelines—have required the university to proceed in this fashion.
You should talk to your advisors when creating your fall schedule. If you’re unsure who your advisor is, the advising website will help you. Additionally, if you're undecided on your major, you can also contact the Academic Advising Center at 815-753-2573 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you currently have a major, contact your department or college office to identify your advisor. If you're a prospective student, contact the admissions office at 815-753-0446.
Yes. Until further notice, we're offering non-face-to-face advising opportunities. Your academic advisor will reach out to you to make arrangements that work for you. You can contact your advisor as well. Options could include the following:
- Virtual video conferences.
- Phone calls.
- NIU emails.
- IM chats.
To reduce barriers to registration, all registration holds will be temporarily removed. If you’re not sure who your advisor is, check MyNIU or contact your advising office. For contact information for each advising office and any additional updates, see How to Register.
Synchronous online courses occur in real time and include activities such as live lectures or live conferencing. Synchronous courses are taught 100% online, but you'll meet at a set time each week via an online platform such as Blackboard Collaborate or Microsoft Teams. We’ve recently updated the MyNIU system, so when you register for a synchronous course in MyNIU, the system will indicate the course is online (100%) synchronous where the "room" is listed. You'll also see course meeting times listed.
Asynchronous online courses occur through online channels without real-time interaction and include activities such as recorded lectures and self-guided lessons. Asynchronous courses are taught 100% online, but do not have an assigned meeting time for the course. Instead, you can view lectures or work on lessons within a flexible time period, set by your instructor. We’ve recently updated the MyNIU system, so when you register for an asynchronous course in MyNIU, it will indicate the course is online (100%) asynchronous where the "room" is listed. There will not be listed course meeting times.
In some face-to-face (F2F) courses, classrooms cannot accommodate all the students at one time because of physical distancing requirements. In those cases, you'll either attend class or watch livestreamed events on a staggered and rotating schedule. For example, half of the students in a course might be in a physical classroom on Tuesdays, with the other half watching livestream; and vice versa on Thursdays. Faculty members will determine the staggered-attendance schedules for those classes and will communicate to the students prior to the start of classes.
NIU’s Keep Learning website is designed as a resource and tool to guide you. The site will point you to strategies and resources and help you get answers to your questions.
Contact the Center for Student Assistance if you anticipate experiencing any non-academic issues that might impact your success.
Regardless of the course delivery method, we're committed to ensuring your success. The Keep Learning website provides information on campus resources you can access at any time. For example, you’ll find online learning tips and online learning tools to help you stay engaged. Read more about assistance and remote learning resources you can turn to for support.
The Keep Learning website also includes contact information should you have technological issues. Remember, you can contact the Center for Student Assistance if you experience any issues that impact your success. If you need further assistance or want to discuss your options, please contact your academic advisor.
If you may be eligible for disability-related exam or course accommodations, contact the Disability Resource Center at email@example.com as soon as possible.
If you're having difficulty connecting with your professor, contact your department chair. If you're not sure who your department chair is, contact your academic adviser. For contact information for each advising office, see How to Register.
For detailed information on textbooks, see Textbooks and Course Materials Information for Students.
Textbooks can be ordered online at Huskie Books & Gear. You can shop for materials one of two ways. If you enter your student ID number, preceded by a zero, the list of materials needed for all your classes will populate. Simply add them to your shopping cart for purchase. You can also shop for materials by course.
Yes. NIU is following federal, state and local public health guidance to protect students, faculty and staff. You're expected to follow recommendations for physical distancing, hand hygiene and face covering in classrooms and academic spaces. Learn more about classroom safety precautions.
Yes. In all cases where there are face-to-face interactions during the semester, classrooms and academic spaces will be disinfected before you meet with your professors.
You're required to wear a protective face mask in class. You're expected to supply and maintain your own face masks. Bandanas and neck gaiters—made of thin, stretch tubes of fabric down the neck—aren’t effective for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and are not acceptable face coverings while on campus.
If you can't wear a face mask because of a disability, contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) as soon as possible. The DRC will determine any reasonable accommodations. Faculty can request to view any approved accommodation documentation you receive from the DRC. Learn more about classroom safety precautions.
No. Food and drinks are not allowed in classrooms.
Communications about your student employment are sent to your student employee email account. This is the account that was created when you became a student employee. It usually begins with a “A1” and ends with “@mail.niu.edu” (for example: A123456@mail.niu.edu). It is separate from your student Z-ID account. If you need help accessing your student employee email account, contact the Division of Information Technology at ServiceDesk@niu.edu.
Yes, if you are enrolled as a full-time student. The types and modalities of classes you take, or your location, do not impact your status.
No, a fully online course load is allowed if it is available in your department.
The process and rules for underloads remain the same. If your underload is approved, you can take fully online classes if they are available in your department.
You are allowed to take a leave of absence, but you cannot stay in the United States if you do so. Please contact ISSS at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
You must enroll full time (12 credit hours) and make normal academic progress toward your degree. You will not need a new I-20, and the types and modalities of classes you take, or your location, do not impact your status.
You must enroll full time (9 credit hours) and make normal academic progress toward your degree. You will not need a new I-20, and the types and modalities of classes you take do not impact your status.
You must enroll full time (12 credit hours) and make normal academic progress toward your degree. You will need a new I-20, and the types of classes you take do not impact your status.
You must enroll full time (9 credit hours) and make normal academic progress toward your degree. You will need a new I-20, and the types of classes you take do not impact your status.
- Even if you already completed the form under the earlier guidance from the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), you must email email@example.com with your full name, your SEVIS ID, your Z-ID and confirmation that you will remain outside the United States and enroll full time.
- New I-20s will be created as part of the normal SEVIS registration process and should be ready in late September.
- ISSS will provide additional processes and timelines at a later date.