Orientation Reservation

Please review all the following links to learn about the orientation program PRIOR to making a reservation.  A reservation DOES NOT guarantee admission to the program if:

  • Student has not completed testing requirements for chosen major; or
  • Student has not been admitted to the University

After reading the information below, you may
Make an online orientation reservation

     Freshman Online reservation     Transfer Online reservation     Reenter Online reservation
or

print and mail in your reservation (PDF)



What is the Orientation Program at NIU?
It is a one-day academic introduction to the university which provides orientation, academic advising, and registration opportunities. At Orientation, you will meet an academic adviser, university faculty and staff members, and other first-year and transfer students.

Attendance at the complete one-day program is required for all new undergraduate students who wish to register before classes begin. You will be able to register for courses only after attending the orientation program and completing academic advising.

For Military Students - An informational session on benefits and other services provided by Military Student Services will be offered at 8:00 a.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Room 405. For more information, contact Military Student Services at 815-753-0943 or via e-mail at mss@niu.edu.


What is the Transfer/Reenter Orientation Program at NIU? 
It is a one-day academic introduction to the university which provides orientation, academic advising, and registration opportunities. At Orientation, you will meet an academic adviser, university faculty and staff members, and other transfer students.

Attendance at the complete one-day program is required for all new undergraduate students who wish to register before summer or fall classes begin. You will be able to register for courses only after attending the orientation program and completing academic advising.

If you intend to earn a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree completely at an NIU off-campus location, consult with the BGS adviser (815-753-7961) before sending the orientation reservation or making an online payment.


What are the orientation dates for students entering NIU for the summer or fall semesters of 2014?

Summer Orientation Dates

** Reenter students have previously completed at least one full semester of enrollment at NIU. 


Why should I attend the Orientation Program? 
When you attend an orientation program, you will receive a personal introduction to the university and your academic college, and you will:

  • learn about academic requirements, course selection, and registration
  • hear about student support services and programs that can help you become a successful transfer student
  • be able to use Northern’s registration system following your academic advising session
  • take care of important university business, including obtaining your NIU OneCard (student ID), and computer ID (Z-ID).

If you are unable to attend an April or early summer program, you may attend the program on August 4 (freshmen) or August 5 (transfer/re-enter), but course selection will be more limited. You significantly improve your chances of receiving the courses you want by attending an early program.


How do I participate in the program?

To reserve a date, you must either make an online reservation and payment, or mail the reservation form with the New Student Fee. A limited number of students can be accommodated on each orientation day. Reservations are made on a "first come, first served" basis. Many dates fill quickly so it is to your advantage to make an online reservation or return your form and fee promptly. When a date is filled, we will assign and confirm the next available date. There are no waiting lists. It is not possible to make a reservation by phone, e-mail, or fax. Once a reservation has been made, the date will be confirmed by an e-mail sent to your NIU Z-ID e-mail account.

Reservations are necessary so that we can have your records at the proper college advising office on the day you attend. Completion of testing requirements is required prior to attending orientation. Testing is required for most freshmen and some transfer students.

If you are a transfer student and are uncertain if you have met the testing requirements, please contact your college office.


What about placement and proficiency testing? 
Placement and proficiency testing must be complete prior to attending orientation. If you arrive for orientation but have not completed testing, you will be required to reschedule your orientation date. Review the Testing Services website (http://www.niu.edu/testing/) to help you determine if testing is required or recommended for your selected major as well as testing dates. Testing questions should be directed to the Office of Testing Services by phone at 815-753-1203, or by e-mail at testing@niu.edu.

If you are a transfer student and are uncertain if you have met the testing requirements, please contact your college office.


How long will Orientation last? 
The one-day program begins with check-in at 8:00 a.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Gallery Lounge. For most students, the program will end by late afternoon. Plan to reserve the whole day for your orientation activities.


Should family members attend Orientation? 
A separate, concurrent orientation program is offered to family members and is designed to help them:

  • become acquainted with university academic departments and student services
  • understand what life at NIU will be like for their students
  • understand the educational goals of NIU
  • understand the importance of their continued communication and support during the college years.

The university encourages at least one family member to participate in the family orientation session. The orientation programs are not designed for children preschool age or younger.


What is August Orientation? 
The August orientation program for freshman students will be held on August 4 and for transfer/reenter students on August 5. It is highly recommended that you attend one of the programs offered April 9 through April 25 (transfer students only) or one of the programs offered in the summer for the best selection of courses and to give yourself adequate time to prepare for the fall semester. The August program is a full day program, and a concurrent family program is offered.


How much does the program cost? 
The New Student Fee for the April Transfer Student Programs is $85. There is a $5. parking fee for use of the visitor parking lot for April programs. The New Student Fee for the more comprehensive summer programs is $115. and parking is included in the fee.  There is no charge for family members or guests for either program. 


Can my New Student Fee be refunded? 
The New Student Fee is nonrefundable, so it is best to be certain of your plans to attend NIU before making an online reservation and payment or returning the mail-in form and fee. If you choose not to attend NIU this term, be advised that the New Student Fee can be applied to a later term but cannot be refunded.