About Us

Student Welcome

Dear New Student,

Welcome to NIU! I’m so happy to have you as a part of our Huskie Family. Although I am certain I will get to know some of your personally during your time here as an NIU student through various campus events, programming, classes, and so on, my hope is that all of you will benefit from the programs we put in place for you to find success as you begin your journey at Northern Illinois University. The way you begin your college career is a huge predictor regarding your academic achievement and persistence to graduation.

I encourage you to start college on the right foot by enrolling in a UNIV 101/201 class section through MyNIU. Students who enroll in this course achieve higher grade point averages and are more likely to get involved and graduate. Being a college student at a large university offers you many amazing opportunities that not everyone has the chance to experience. Hit the ground running and take advantage of everything NIU has to offer!

Use this website to help you get the information and make the connections you need to find your niche at NIU. The Student Handbook is also a great resource we put together for you!

If you are not sure where to start or have questions, don’t hesitate to come visit First- and Second-Year Experience in the Chick Evans Field House, room 101, call us at (815)753-0028, or e-mail us at firstconn@niu.edu.

We also encourage you to join our Facebook page (First-Year Connections). I look forward to seeing you around campus!


Kelly (Melvin) Smith