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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, are online learners, and/or are over the age of 24.

Our staff is dedicated to assisting students in finding the resources they need to be successful in their NIU studies, whether those resources involve locating housing options, carpooling opportunities, locker space, free coffee, or computer access. Please visit or contact 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!

IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION: Our office will be going through a process of reorganization for the rest of the academic calender year. Please read this important announcement from the University regarding the upcoming co-locating of OCNTSS and MSS!

For our veteran student population, Military Student Services has moved to the Campus Life Building, Room 240. Please visit them there for all your certifying needs during the summer/fall registration period.


University Writing Center Hours

Date: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Time: Tuesdays - 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Wednesdays - 10:30 a.m.-1:30 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 spring 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.

Town Hall

Date: Monday, April 20

Time: 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Location: Sky Room, HSC

Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services and Military Student Services would like to invite students of both populations, faculty, staff, and supporters to an Open Town Hall Forum. Our special guest will be NIU Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Dr. Eric Weldy. Dr. Weldy will lead an important discussion about the future of both offices as we head into the summer and the upcoming 2015-16 Academic Calendar Year.


Cosmic Bowling Night

Date: Thursday, April 23

Time: 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: Huskie Den

Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services and Military Student Services are celebrating you the Non-Traditional Student with its marquee Appreciation Week event - Cosmic Bowling Night. We have rented out the entire Huskie Den! All the lanes, pool tables and video games are on us. All students are welcome! Please bring your children and spouses! We looking forward to seeing everyone for a night of pizza, bowling, fun and community!


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