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First-Year Experience Mission

In support of the academic mission of the university and the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs , First-Year Experience (FYE) aims to help all first-year freshmen students successfully adjust to Northern Illinois University. Through student-focused programs, courses, and collaborative partnerships with faculty and staff, First-Year Experience 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.

First-Year Blogging Scholarship 

This scholarship opportunity will give one incoming-freshmen student the chance to share their first-semester experiences through weekly blogs.  Student will post weekly blogs descriping their transition and development of their first semester at Northern Illinois University. Students qualified for this position will have excellent writing skills and a desire to share their experiences with the NIU community. If you are interested in this opportunity click here.