Family Orientation

We are excited to welcome your child as a first-year student at Northeastern Illinois University! Congratulations! This is a big step in your child’s academic and professional career, and we encourage you to participate in our Orientation for students and families.

Family Orientation is a part of First-Year Orientation, and it provides a few presentations to emphasize the importance of family involvement and support in a student’s life.

Family encouragement and support play a crucial role in ensuring a student’s academic success. The more knowledgeable you are about Northeastern’s college experience, the better prepared you will be to support your student's educational goals.

Family Orientation gives you the opportunity to:

  • learn more about Northeastern
  • experience our beautiful campus first hand
  • understand what your student will experience in college
  • discover various academic programs and services available to your student

Please keep in mind that there is no cost for Family Orientation, but your child will be assessed a $70 non-refundable fee for First-Year Orientation, which is added to his or her first semester’s tuition bill.

Parking and Directions

Complimentary parking is available for Family and First-Year Orientations on the 5th floor of the Parking Facility. Please view our Campus Map and Directions page for driving directions.

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Schedule of Activities for Family Orientation

The schedule of activities below is designed for families accompanying their child at First-Year Orientation at the Main Campus. 

All activities begin with check-in held in the Student Union, Alumni Hall.

8:00 a.m.
Parent and family check-in

9:00 a.m.
Opening activities

10:00 a.m.
Academic overview by the Provost’s Office

11:00 a.m.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) overview

11:30 a.m.
Campus tour

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
Parent and Family presentation
Parent/Family and Student Transition                              

2:00 p.m.
Parent/Family panel

  • Advising
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Housing

3:00 p.m.
Parent program ends



Family Orientation is held jointly with First-Year Orientation on the Main Campus.


Main Campus

Family Orientation is held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union, Alumni Hall.


  • Friday, June 8
  • Friday, June 15
  • Friday, June 22 (includes Spanish Language Program for Spanish speakers)
  • Friday, June 29


  • Friday, July 13 (includes Spanish Language Program for Spanish speakers)
  • Friday, July 20
  • Friday, July 27


  • Friday, August 10 (includes Spanish Language Program for Spanish speakers)
  • Friday, August 17