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Next Steps


Next Steps for Freshmen Students

Congratulations and welcome to Northern Illinois University and the Huskie family! We are so glad that you are here!

Make sure to check this page throughout your freshmen year for important information and other great resources regarding your career at NIU. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Academic Success!

 Freshmen "Must Do" List

  • Stay Connected:

    • Check MyNIU regularly. This will allow you to see what you need to complete to be eligible to enroll, your financial statements as well as other important tasks. 
    • Check your NIU student e-mail. This is your connection with the university where important announcements and information from faculty, staff and university administrators will be sent.
  • Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

    • To make sure you take advantage of all opportunities available to you, make sure toApply for Financial Aid. You might qualify for more than you think! 
    • The Scholarship Office can help assist you in the search for both NIU Scholarships as well as Private Scholarships
  • Meet with Your Advisor:

    • Schedule your appointment with your Academic Advisor for registration for the next semester.
    • Have you decided on a major? Discuss options or courses that may help you find the major that is right for you.
    • Planning to enroll in summer classes at another institution?  Talk with your advisor to make sure the courses will transfer back to NIU.
  • Get Involved on Campus!

  • Become Engaged in Your Education:

  • Inquire about NIU Student Insurance:

    • Student insurance is automatically applied for students enrolled in 9 or more credit hours on campus and all International Students unless otherwise stated) and required immunizations required at NIU though Health Services.

 Looking Ahead

  • Do you Have Your Text Books?

    • Look at the NIU bookstores textbook search to see what courses require what books. There are options to purchase used text books or to rent them for a semester as well.
  • What will the Next Four Years Look Like?

  • Do you Want to Live On-Campus Next Year? 

  • Are You Interested in Internships?

    • Start talking with Career Services about opportunities for Internships, or some to the NIU Internship Fair to start interviewing and applying.
  • Have you considered becoming part of the Honors Program?

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • March 1st

    • This is the priority deadline for completing the FAFSA. To make sure you qualify for as much financial aid as possible, make sure to apply early.
  • January 1st - February 1st

    • This is when many of NIU's scholarship deadlines fall. This early deadline allows for students to know what scholarships they qualify for before their first semester of enrollment to NIU.
  • Visit Other NIU Calendars

Have a Question?

Ask Victor E, or please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Academic Success. We are here to help guide you through your journey at NIU!

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