Northern Illinois University

May 19, 2020

Dear student and family,

We want to check in with you to let you know how excited we are for your first year at NIU. You’ve been through a lot these past few months, and even though our world is facing uncertainties right now, we are here to help you find your way at NIU and successfully pursue your goals.

You likely have many questions, and even some concerns, about starting college during this public health crisis. We understand— and we want you to know we’re working to create a first-year experience that will foster your ability to make friends, build connections with faculty, do well in your courses and allow you to prioritize your health and well-being. University experts in Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Housing and Residential Services, Campus Dining, NIU’s Northwestern Medicine Health Center and more are developing the right type of programming and resources for our diverse student body, while respecting the need to follow appropriate physical distancing measures recommended by public health authorities.

For the fall, your schedule will likely be a combination of courses taught in person, courses taught online and courses that combine these delivery methods. In-person classes will be kept smaller and scheduled to allow for social distancing and proper sanitization. We’re working through the details now, and more information about classes will be provided to you in advance of upcoming orientation dates, where you will work with your advisor on selecting the best options for you. I want you to know that our incredible deans and faculty did a remarkable job this spring helping our students succeed despite the many challenges COVID-19 presented, and they’ll be prepared for any potential future disruptions should they arise.

For those who wish to live on campus, we are providing each student with an individual room for the 2020-21 academic year, and developing options in our residence halls that provide the best layouts for physical distancing and student health. Specific information about room assignments, dining options, as well as room and board rates will be sent to you the week of June 22. In an effort to support your choices about a college experience during unpredictable times, new students who feel most comfortable living at home will not be required to live on campus. No matter where you choose to live, we will help you connect to fellow students and NIU faculty with engaging programming to facilitate your transition into our Huskie family and position you for success in the classroom and beyond.

NIU is grateful for your patience as we all define a new path forward. We’re committed to keeping you informed, and look forward to engaging with you during orientation. In the meantime, please feel free to call 815-753-0446 or email if you have any questions or concerns.


Lisa Freeman
Northern Illinois University