Student Life

We know life outside the classroom is often just as significant for our students as time spent within the classroom. We’re finding creative ways, through both virtual and in-person opportunities, to keep students connected to one another and our entire Huskie family this year. Be sure to check out the latest communications to our student organizations, fraternity and sorority communities, and other involved students. 

Student Organizations and Activities

Our more than 200 student organizations provide valuable and meaningful experiences for Huskies. We’re working to foster an environment this year that supports the activities of these organizations, while prioritizing the health and safety of their members. Depending on local, state and national guidance, the University will have various limitations on in-person gatherings. This will include student organization meetings and events. We are working hard to provide resources to assist with distanced events and/or virtual activities as well as virtual trainings for student organization success!

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Our more than 40 fraternities and sororities, some with off-campus housing, offer their members personal and professional growth, development and education. Virtual Formalized recruitment for our chapters will happen in spring 2021.

The monthly presidents’ meetings will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams and resources to help chapters plan activities will be provided, including guidance for conducting new virtual activities, as well as supporting healthy behaviors.

NIU Recreation

Physical activity is still an important part of your self-care. The NIU Recreation Center is open with adjusted hours and advance reservation requirements. We also invite you to participate in our virtual activities such as fitness classes and personal training.

Student Wellness

Wellness is all about making active choices to take care of and support every part of yourself. Wellness is more than just not being sick, it is about making sustainable choices to practice self-care, eat well, sleep better, be more active, support your mental health, develop healthy relationships, and more. Overall, when you feel well, you do well!

Student Wellness can offer tips through Mission Wellness and other programs to help you be proactive in your health and safety. With our T.A.C.O. (tobacco, alcohol, cannabis and other drugs) and Eat, Sleep, Move campaigns this year, you’ll become more informed on how to remain social and safe amidst a pandemic.

Holmes Student Center

An integral part of campus, our newly renovated Holmes Student Center enhances student life, cultivates unity and promotes development through a variety of cultural, educational, social and recreational programs. In our planning, we are prioritizing the health and safety of all students. Here are some things to expect:

  • Starbucks, Qdoba Mexican Eats, The Grill at Huskie Den and The Depot are all located in the HSC and available at various times.
  • Those with meal plans should make sure to check the hours for meal exchange. Please note: for most of the year, we anticipate no eating will be allowed inside the HSC.
  • With appropriate physical distancing precautions in place, the Huskie Den is open and billiards is available. Bowling is expected to be open later in the year.
  • Huskie Books and Gear will be open to assist students with their textbook needs.

When allowed, physically distanced programs will take place in the student center sponsored by Student Affairs or the Campus Activities Board. Huskies should anticipate changes in access and program availability as local, state and national guidance changes due to COVID-19 cases.

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