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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 when planning for your new student Orientation that it is a full day of activities, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and a lunch will be provided to students. Our Orientation Leaders will assist you throughout the day in your transition to Northeastern.

Orientation Types

First Year Orientation

If you’re 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.

Transfer Orientation

If you are an incoming transfer student, you will need to familiarize yourself with Northeastern’s academic standards and major declaration as well as register for your first semester of classes.

Family Orientation

Family Orientation is coupled with First Year Orientation so that family members can join in on the conversation. Family Orientation offers sessions in Spanish for those whose native language is Spanish.