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Larger Group Visits

At this time, all spring dates have been reserved. If you are interested in a summer visit please contact the Campus Visits Office at 815-753-0209.

Unless there are unusual circumstances, groups of fewer than 10 people are best served by participating in our daily tours and group information sessions. See daily visits.

Larger groups (e.g., high schools) are welcome to visit Northern's campus. Groups of 10 or more should make special arrangements through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. These arrangements can be made by submitting the online Visit Form. Feel free to contact our Graduate Assistant at (815) 753-0209 with any additional questions.

  • Large group walking tours are available on most weekdays during the academic year and Monday through Thursday during the summer.
  • Meaningful exchange of information is impaired if walking tours are too large.
  • Groups of 40 or more will receive a guided bus tour on their own bus with no more than two buses per group.
  • Scheduling preference will be given to groups whose students are in 9th grade and above. As availability permits, tours will be given to groups whose students are in 8th grade and below.
  • Tours may be complemented by pre-arranged special presentations: Please see our list of presenters, and please plan for no more than 4 presentations.
  • Large groups should make arrangements at least FOUR WEEKS in advance. Generally, only one group can be accommodated per day. Visits are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, and many groups arrange visits months in advance.
  • Walking tours typically last 75 minutes. Participants should be prepared to walk outside, dressed for the weather, and able to climb several flights of stairs. Tours can be modified to accommodate participants with disabilities.
  • We expect students on tours will be accompanied by teachers or adult group leaders (at least 1 adult per 10 students) to ensure that students maintain good order, decorum and attentiveness.
  • Please assist us in making tours a positive experience by helping to adequately prepare your students for their visit. The most effective tours are those in which students show a genuine interest by being attentive to their tour guide and prepared with questions. Your help in conveying these expectations to visiting groups is appreciated.
  • Residence halls will be shown only to walking tours of fewer than 45 guests and groups whose students are in High School and above.
  • Please contact us no later than 3 days before your visit, to confirm your schedule and number of attendees.
  • Cancellation Notice: If your tour needs to be cancelled, it is essential that you notify us at least 3 days in advance for rescheduling purposes. Failure to do so may limit future scheduling availability for your organization.