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Family Orientation Programs

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Welcome to NIU!

Starting college is an exciting time for students, but also for families. Orientation & Family Connections staff is here to help not only students, but also families as everyone transitions to life as a new Huskie. Parents and families are invited to come to Family Orientation to learn more information about academics, student life, and ways to support your student.

Family orientation runs concurrently with the student orientation program. Students and families will have opportunities to attend sessions together and separately.

By attending family orientation you will:

  • Learn about the academic expectations and the resources available to support your student
  • Meet with units and have an opportunity to ask questions from key support resources including Financial Aid and Housing and Residential Services
  • Understand common transitional issues of first year students and how to best support your student
  • Send an important message to your student that you’re supportive in their education and want to be involved in the experience

Register for Orientation

Get details and register for an orientation program based on your student's status:

First-Year Student Transfer Student

Orientation & Family Connections 
023 Holmes Student Center
Northern Illinois University 
DeKalb, IL 60115-2898 

Facebookoffice:  815-753-1535
parents@niu.edu