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New Student Orientation

Northeastern Illinois University wants to help you succeed in higher education studies and college life. You are required and encouraged to participate in New Student Orientation to acclimate yourself with Northeastern and the rigors of academia.

Orientation is the beginning of your academic journey. During the event, you will:

  • Learn about Northeastern’s values and expectations
  • Familiarize yourself with our campus
  • Get to know your fellow classmates
  • Have the opportunity to meet with faculty
  • Understand the differences in course workload
  • See all of the resources available to you

Please keep in mind: First Year Orientation that it is a full day of activities, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a lunch will be provided to students. Our Orientation Leaders will assist you throughout the day in your transition to Northeastern.

First-Year Students

If you are coming to Northeastern as a freshman, or transferring with less than 30 credit hours, you are expected to attend First Year Orientation so that you become familiar with Northeastern, our academic and student life aspects, and to register for your first semester of classes.

Please note: Registration for First Year Orientation can be first done when you attend your Placement Test.

Families and Parents

Family members are welcome at all First Year Orientations. When you register, there will be a section for family information. Feel free to include details on up to two family members that will be attending. Some dates are noted as "Spanish Language Program for Families" which includes sessions for those family members whose native language is Spanish.

Transfer Students

If you are an incoming transfer student with 30 or more credit hours, you will need to familiarize yourself with Northeastern’s academic standards and major declaration as well as register for your first semester of classes. To help with that we offer Transfer Student Transition Sessions.