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Open Doors 

 An e-newsletter for community college advisors

February/March

2014

We've Got That KristenStudent, staff collaboration?

We’ve got that!

If you’re on the fence regarding where to go to college, who better to help influence your decision than real college students sharing their university experiences?

That’s the concept behind NIU’s “We’ve Got That” campaign, where current students respond to frequently asked questions about the university from prospective freshmen and transfer students.

In order to capture the student voice, multiple focus groups were held with student organizations and current high school students to better understand what potential Huskies are looking for out of college. Some of the more frequently voiced concerns related to location, class size, campus activities, affordability and housing options, among others.

The first stage of “We’ve Got That” is currently under way, as NIU Admissions focuses on the enrollment of transfer students. Click on the logo below to view the website.

We've Got That Logo


Deadlines and Events

Transfers! Transfers! Transfers!

You have your own website at NIU to answer all your questions. Even the ones you didn’t know you had.

http://www.niu.edu/admissions/transfer/index.shtml

 

Campus Visits for 2014

Special Events

In addition to our daily tours and information sessions, you may wish to attend one of our on-campus visitation programs or online group chats. See special events.

 

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

New for Spring 2014, we will be hosting weekly T.G.I.F events!

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.

Click to register Below

https://niu.askadmissions.net/Portal/EI/GroupUrl?gid=53045900967b4b0eae43c1860e673243d3e996

Join a Huskie Chat

Join an online Chat and get answers from the comfort of your home! Chat in real-time with friendly, knowledgeable NIU staff from Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing & Dining, and many other NIU offices.

Upcoming Online Chats for Transfer Students

  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 (7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 (7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, May 15, 2014 (7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

Stop by our online chats! Counselors, support staff and Admissions staff will be available to answer all of your questions about anything and everything NIU! 

 

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.

Meet transfer student Chonce Maddox

ChonceTransfer

Senior
Journalism/Communication Minor

Hometown: Aurora, IL

This is Chonce, a journalism major with an unshakable passion for storytelling. Dating back to her early childhood, she used writing as a form of expression. For Chonce, becoming a journalism major at NIU was a no-brainer, and the experience has presented her with multiple internships and an opportunity to study abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Chonce is also a mother. Her son, Jordan, gets to experience NIU in his own way – he goes to NIU’s Campus Child Care Center. Chonce loves the convenience of having Jordan near while she’s at school.

Journalist without borders
"Our group of NIU students stayed at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and studied Irish history, literature and modern culture as we participated in lots of hands on activities and fieldtrips throughout Dublin and the surrounding cities. It was something I thought I’d never be able to do.” The photo to the right is of Chonce in Wicklow, Ireland.

An experience for the whole family 
“Jordan likes the nature walks and the circle time,” Chonce said of the Campus Child Care Center. “The teachers are very attentive and they help parents achieve developmental goals for their child.”

Students are priority #1
“I like that everyone on campus is so welcoming and helpful and you can tell they really want students to succeed”

Campus Child Care Center highlights:
The NIU Campus Child Care Center provides high-quality education and care for children ages three months to five years. During the summer semester, children ages six to eight are also welcome.

  • Discounted daily and weekly rates are available for students.
  • The center is rated a 4-star program through the Quality Rating and Improvement System ExceleRate Illinois).
  • The center is licensed through the State of Illinois and accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children.

For more information visit The Campus Child Care Center Website.

Journalism Program highlights:
The journalism program provides students with a broad-based liberal arts education combined with an array of skills and theory courses.

  • Majors can choose an emphasis in print journalism (visual communication, photojournalism and desktop publishing), public relations and broadcast news.
  • Northern Television Center, the award-winning “nerve center” of broadcast journalism at NIU, offers students the opportunity to practice their skills through daily broadcasts.

For more information visit http://www.comm.niu.edu/comm/undergraduateprogram/journalism.shtml.



Afterword: 

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” -John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

The cold and snow will hopefully begin to disappear and thoughts of spring and summer begin to take over. As you think about the upcoming year, so have we! This issue is devoted strictly to Transfer Students and the new university campaign geared toward that demographic. "We've Got That!" is a multifaceted campaign that I know will be an invaluable resource. 

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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