About Us


About Us

First-Year Connections Vision

First-Year Connections seeks to help all first-year students by ENGAGING them in the university, EMPOWERING them as students, and helping them EVOLVE toward becoming NIU graduates, responsible citizens, and civic leaders.

First-Year Connections Mission

In support of the academic mission of the university and the Division of Student Affairs mission, First-Year Connections (FYC) aims to help all first-year freshmen and transfer students successfully adjust to Northern Illinois University. Through student-focused programs, courses, and collaborative partnerships with faculty and staff, First-Year Connections strives to enhance students' academic achievement, increase the likelihood of students returning for their second year, and help students integrate into the academic and social communities found on NIU's campus.