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Welcome to Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services at Northern Illinois University!


Our department is a resource center and lounge space for any type of NIU student. Although we welcome anyone to our office and lounge space, we focus our attention and expertise on students who live off campus, commute from home, have children, are military students, and/or are over the age of 24.

Our staff is dedicated to assisting students in finding the resources they need to be more successful at NIU, whether those resources involve locating housing options, carpooling opportunities, locker space, free coffee, or computer access. Please visit our office in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center, rooms 023J and 023K. We would be more than happy to assist you!

Interested in learning more about our office? Please register with us so we can keep you informed about our latest office activities. Also, please visit us on YouTube!


University Writing Center Hours

Date: Every Tuesday this Fall Semester

Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Location: OCNTSS Lounge

Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services is happy to once again host the University Writing Center in its lounge this fall semester. This is an excellent resource for commuters, off-campus students, veterans, adult students or any student who spends most of their time on the east side of campus. The writing coaches can help with papers, presentations, cover letters and resumes among others.

Summer in September

Date: Wednesday, September 24

Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location: OSAS Lawn

Once again Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services will be teaming up with the Office of Student Academic Success for a midday barbeque. Mark your calenders now!

Academic Workshp - Translating Previous Experience and NIU Education into Job Prospecting

Date: Monday, October 13

Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

Location: HSC 306

Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services, Military Student Services and Career Services will be hosting an academic workshop for those with past work and/or military experience. This workshop will focus on translating previous career experience and your NIU education into your resume and interviewing skills. This tailored focus will be perfect for those looking to take part in NIU's Career Fair the following week or those who will be looking to re-enter the workforce soon after graduation.

Off-Campus Housing Fair

Date: Thursday, October 30

Time: 12-4 p.m.

Location: NIU Rec Center

Save the date as OCNTSS is once again working to bring the local properties to campus for students to gather information as you begin planning for the 2015-2016 academic calender year. For more information regarding the Housing Fair, e-mail Graduate Assitant Dan Thetford or call the office at 815-753-9999.


Both the Military Student Services and the Off-Campus Non-Traditional Student Services offices will be closed on the last Friday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a combined staff meeting.

The following are the Fall Semester 2014 scheduled dates: TBA

Summer in September

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