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Next Steps for Junior Students

By Junior year student are starting to become more concentrated in their plans of study. While completing your degree, there are a number of tasks and resources to use to start looking towards the future and what will happen after graduation. Let this page be a resource to you.

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


 Junior "Must Do" List


  • Search For Internship Opportunities:

    • Attend the NIU Internship Fair to meeting with organizations looking for NIU Students.
    • Search the Career Services Major WebLinks to see what professions are related to specific major 
  • Interested in Studying Abroad?

    • NIU has programs for any major or field or study in over 75 different countries. Most courses are taught in English and funding is available for students who qualify. Make sure to contact NIU's Study Abroad Office for more information on these amazing opportunities.
  • 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 to Apply 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.
    • Planning to enroll in summer classes at another institution?  Talk with your advisor to make sure the courses will transfer back to NIU.
    • Go over your graduation requirements in your Degree Audit in MyNIU to make sure you are meeting all requirements to graduate from NIU. 
  • Get Involved on Campus!

    • You are not over half way through your academic career at NIU. Make sure you make the most of your undergraduate experience and get involved.
  • Become Engaged in Your Education:

    • NIU is nationally recognized for their opportunities in engaged learning. Take advantage of these opportunities and take an active role in your education.
    • Have you developed relationships with Faculty and Staff Members who could serve as one of your professional references

 Looking Ahead


  • Considering Graduate or Professional School?

    • Start your search now! Make sure to note application deadlines, testing schedules and other requirements. If you need assistance with this process, please do not hesitate to contact Career Services
  • Start Preparing to Search For Career Opportunities:

    • Meet with NIU Career Services to brush up on your interviewing skills and have them review your resume
  • Do you Want to Live On-Campus Next Year? 


 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


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