When to Register

You will register for spring semester classes in November and for summer and fall classes in April. Several weeks in advance, you will be assigned a specific day to register, called an enrollment date. You can register after your enrollment date; however, the earlier you register, the more likely you are to get the classes you need.

Enrollment dates and times are assigned based on the number of credit hours you have. This includes in-progress hours at NIU, and completed transfer and proficiency hours. You can find your scheduled enrollment date and time in MyNIU in mid-October and mid-March.

Please note:

  • Students new to NIU must attend orientation and meet with an advisor before they can register.
  • Visiting students can register during open enrollment, which begins after the last assigned enrollment date.
  • Remember that you may register on or after your scheduled enrollment date.

Spring 2021 Enrollment Dates

Date Population
November 2, 2020 Intercollegiate athletes, veterans and university honor students
November 3, 2020 Graduate Students in Degree Seeking Programs with 21-999.99 Hours
November 4, 2020 Graduate Students in Degree Seeking Programs with 0-20.99
November 4, 2020 Post Baccalaureate Students with 0-999.99 Hours
November 5, 2020 Undergraduate students with 120-999.99 Hours
November 5, 2020 Undergraduate students 90-119.99 Hours
November 6, 2020 Undergraduate students 60-89.99 Hours
November 9, 2020 Undergraduate students 30-59.99 Hours
November 10-11, 2020 Undergraduate students 0-29.99 Hours
November 12, 2020 All Students-at-Large with 0-999.99 Hours
November 13, 2020 Open Enrollment Begins (No enrollment appointment needed)