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Open Doors 

 An e-newsletter for community college advisors

April/May

2014

Students Want to Study with Award-Winning Professors? 

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Five professors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been selected for top honors from NIU. David Hedin in Physics and Laura Vazquez in Communications were named 2014 Board of Trustees Professors, Jon Miller in Biological Sciences was named a 2014 Presidential Engagement Professor, and Michael Kolb in Anthropology and Kristen Myers in Sociology were selected as 2014 Presidential Teaching Professors. Professors are awarded these highly competitive, very selective based on national and international renown, teaching impact, research and scholarship – particularly when such activities directly involve students – and service to community and region.

Imagine all that your students can learn from Professor Hedin, Professor Vazquez, Professor Miller, Professor Kolb, Professor Myers and the numerous other award-wining professors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Celebrating Excellence

Northern Illinois University’s second-annual Celebrating Excellence event—ran from Saturday, April 12 through May 1—and more than tripled in size from last year’s event in terms of the number of functions highlighting the many accomplishments and contributions of NIU students, faculty and staff to the university’s mission during the academic year.

During this annual observance, many events took place including presentation of the university’s most prestigious faculty awards, presentations of outstanding research by graduate and undergraduate students, recognition of outstanding alumni and lectures by top faculty and visitors.

Highlights of the three-week-long celebration included:

Honors Day;

NIU Student Association Student Choice Awards;

Undergraduate Research & Artistry Day;

Annual Faculty Awards Ceremony and Reception

Alumni Awards Banquet;

The Victors—an ESPN-style program celebrating the athletic, academic and community successes of NIU’s student-athletes.

To be included as a Celebrating Excellence activity, the event must reward, honor or recognize excellence in research, artistry or service on campus; highlight a university-wide or multi-disciplinary activity or award; and/or honor contributions to the academic excellence of the institution.


Deadlines and Events

Transfers Get Information Fridays (T.G.I.F.)

T.G.I.F. is designed specifically for students considering transferring to NIU. During this weekly event, you will meet with an admissions counselor, hear a transfer admissions presentation, and tour campus.  Sessions are available at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to fit your schedule.

Transfer Student ChatsMay 15, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Log on and get answers to the questions you’ve been meaning to ask. Chat in real-time with friendly and knowledgeable NIU Admissions staff with guests from Financial Aid, Housing & Dining, and many other NIU offices. Get answers to the questions you’ve wanted to ask.

Transfer Overnight Experience - 25 students experienced life as a Huskie through an overnight experience as part of March's Transfer Open House. Join us on July 25th to experience NIU for yourself at our Summer Open House, and be sure to attend the Transfer Information Session. For more information visit our Summer Open House page.

 

Not sure what you want to study or thinking about changing your mind?

Complete printable list of Majors

http://www.niu.edu/admissions/apply/2014/2014_Major_List.pdf


Transfer Admission Deadlines, Criteria, and Instructions for 2014

Application Deadlines

Summer 2014 (Semester begins June, 2014)        Deadline: May 15, 2014

Fall 2014 (Semester begins August, 2014)           Deadline: August 1, 2014

Complete transfer applications are those files which contain:

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  2. Completed application for undergraduate admission
  3. $40 application fee (Non-Refundable)
  4. All required supporting documents.
  5. An optional Personal Statement with applicant identification as used on your application (full legal name, address, email address, phone number, date, NIU semester desired), may be submitted by mail or e-mail to become part of an application file if desired.
  6. Applicants with 24 or more completed semester hours of transferable college credit must meet or exceed Transfer admissions criteria and are not required to submit high school transcripts, ACT/SAT official scores or to meet Freshman admissions criteria. 
  7. Transfer applicants with fewer than 24 completed semester hours of transferable college credit at the time of application, must meet or exceed Freshman admissions criteria in addition to meeting all Transfer admissions criteria, and must also submit
    • Official high school transcripts
    • Official ACT or SAT score

*If you cannot attend the initial semester for which you applied, we will hold your official transcripts and other documents for one year from the date of receipt of these documents. 

Applicants who wish to change their initial semester of application to another NIU semester within the same calendar year must submit a new application but do not need to submit another application fee. If you wish to attend NIU for a semester in a future new calendar year, then you will need to submit a new application and a new fee payment for that application. 

Applicants who have

Attempted up to and including 12 semester hours of credit will be evaluated as freshmen for admission purposes and must meet the current freshman admission requirements. The GPA earned for the attempted 12 hours or less will not affect the admission decision.

Attempted more than 12 semester hours but who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours of transferable credit at the time of application must:

  1. Meet current freshman admission requirements
  2. Be in good standing at the last college/university attended.
  3. Have a GPA of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale (C average) from all colleges/universities attended (as computed by NIU standards). 
  4. All transfer applicants to Northern Illinois University who have attempted more than 12 semester hours, but completed fewer than 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) at the time of application will be held to the competitive transfer grade point average (GPA). Currently, the established competitive transfer GPA is 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale).  Students who meet the competitive GPA have a strong chance of being admitted to NIU.  Students who are above a 2.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) but do not meet the competitive GPA will typically be waitlisted and asked to write a personal statement.

Earned 24 -59 semester hours -OR- Earned 60 or more semester hours of transferable credit at the time of application will be considered for admission if the student:

  1. Is in good standing at the last college/university attended.
  2. Has a GPA of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale (C average) from all colleges/universities attended (as computed by NIU standards). 
  3. All transfer applicants to Northern Illinois University who have attempted more than 12 semester hours, but completed fewer than 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) at the time of application will be held to the competitive transfer grade point average (GPA). Currently, the established competitive transfer GPA is 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale). Students who meet the competitive GPA have a strong chance of being admitted to NIU.  Students who are above a 2.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) but do not meet the competitive GPA will typically be waitlisted and asked to write a personal statement.

Department News

Biological Sciences: Northern Illinois University is now accepting applications for the Secondary Science Teacher Preparation programs. If you are planning on pursuing Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Science or Physics teaching as a career path please contact Judy Boisen at Jboisen@niu.edu or call 815 753 6819. Visit our website at www.niu.edu/sstc for details about the programs.

Computer Science: The Department of Computer Science recently launched its new Cloud Computer certification program. Cloud Genius® is a cloud computing training institution founded by computing industry experts to provide cutting edge, hands-on Cloud DevOps training that helps students learn to assist businesses transitioning to cloud computing. For more information, see http://niu.edu/springboard/Cloud_Genius/

English: The University just named the FYComp program in the Department of English a "Blue Ribbon" initiative in terms of student retention. With intensive focus on written communication, critical thinking and information literacy skills, the FYComp program at NIU prepares students to be successful academically and professionally throughout their undergraduate years, leading to career success. Since last fall, those involved in teaching first-year composition have been developing and implementing new strategies to enhance student success in composition classes. New features include additional individual conferences between students and instructors, the presence of peer mentors to help students in many sections, and coordination with the Office of Student Academic Success as well as financial retention specialists. By the fall, the university plans to have several renovated classrooms and new computer labs available.



Afterword: 

Spring has finally sprung in the midwest but our minds are already looking toward the fall. As your students look towards the transition from the community college to a four-year university, we hope the information in this newsletter helps them make the decision to come to NIU. With our excellence in teaching, offerings for engaged learning, and new transfer student house options, NIU is a dynamic and top-ranked choice for undergraduate education.

Your comments and feedback are valuable to us in shaping the content and format of future issues. Please send your ideas and suggestions to our College Communications office at CLAS-Communication@niu.edu

Linda Watson


Important Links

Placement Exams  

Transfer Center  

Transfer Student Checklist  

Transfer Student FAQs 

Foreign Language Requirements for the BA degree  

Printable NIU Campus Map

Information for off-campus and non-traditional students

Special Requirement for the BS degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

List (with links) of Programs/Degrees in CLAS   


College Advisors by Department

Transfer Credits and Program Majors Guide

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