Program Benefits

Co-Curricular Activities

“The University Honors Program seeks to promote and sustain academic and social fellowship among its community of 1,000-plus academically motivated students. Ranging from professional development workshops, field trips, social events, community service, and leadership opportunities the University Honors Program has something for everyone.

The following provides brief descriptions of past programming. For full descriptions, make sure to review the Honors Students tab on our web page.

Welcome Back Barbeque                                                                                   

This event kicks off the beginning of each academic year. The entire administrative team is present to introduce themselves and make special announcements regarding their roles. A barbeque spread and games are provided for students, while student staff members socialize with student attendees to help foster community.

Hot Food, Hot Topics

Each month, we serve pizza to University Honors Students as they listen to presentations from guest speakers who provide information regarding different opportunities for University Honors students.

Birthday Boxes

Birthday Boxes is the University Honors service learning project that began in the 2011-2012 academic year. As a student developed and directed initiative, we collect shoe boxes and transform them into the ultimate birthday present for children ages 0-18 that have been designated as “in need” in the DeKalb County area. Primarily partnering with Safe Passage and Hope Haven, we provide these donated items and coordinate birthday parties for these children. University Honors students are now kindly referred to by these children as “the Santa Claus people.”

Course Preview Night

Just before priority registration opens the University Honors Program host an informal pizza dinner and course preview gathering. The purpose of the event is to provide students with the opportunity to meet the faculty teaching Honors courses that will be offered for the following academic semester.

Alumni Mentor Dinner

The Alumni Association Sponsored a dinner where University Honors students were matched with alumni in their field of interest

Judy Santacaterina Workshop

Santacaterina, a long time high caliber coach of NIU’s Forensic Team and a professor for over two decades hosted a workshop to help students explore and master professional communication skills.

Dennis Barsema’s Social Entrepreneurship and Microfinance Series

Mr. Dennis Barsema generously donates his time to offer what has become a very popular workshop series exclusively for University Honors students centered on the topic of social entrepreneurship and microfinance. Mr. Barsema discusses his experiences granting small business loans to entrepreneurs in impoverished countries. 

Soccer with the Doctors

This highly interactive soccer match brings together University Honors faculty and students in a fun, laidback setting.

Broadway in Chicago- Semester Trip

A trip provided University Honors students with the opportunity to engage with each other and University Honors staff/faculty off-campus. The itinerary of the trip included an early arrive to downtown Chicago for leisure time and involvement in the Magnificent Mile Parade.  Previous Broadway in Chicago experiences include Wicked and Potted Potter.

Resume Workshop Series

Resume Critique. In collaboration with Career Services, students were given the opportunity to have their resumes reviewed and critiqued. One on one meetings were scheduled and access to resume software was made available.

“University Honors Night” at NIU Men’s Basketball

In partnership with Athletics, the NIU Men’s Basketball Team hosted “University Honors Night” and highlighted the many accomplishments are students have achieved. University Honors students received a free t-shirt, compliments of Athletics, and a complimentary ticket for a guest. They also had special seating and were showcased during half-time.

Information Session Night

University Honors provided a information regarding University Honors scholarships, student staff positions, and study abroad travel grants.