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 firsthand
  • 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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Sample 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.

9 a.m.
Pre-Event Activities (for students)

10 a.m.
Opening Activities (for all)

11 a.m.
Academic Overview

11:30 a.m.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Overview


12:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.
Your Student’s Academic Journey and Career Planning

2 p.m.
Financial Aid and Scholarships Review

3 p.m.
Supporting your Student's Transition to College

4 p.m.
Housing Q & A and Tour for Families (optional)

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


Main Campus

Family Orientation is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Check in is in the Student Union, Alumni Hall.


  • Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Friday, June 21, 2019 - this date includes a Spanish Language Program for Families
  • Friday, June 28, 2019


  • Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Friday, July 19, 2019 - this date includes a Spanish Language Program for Families
  • Friday, July 26, 2019


  • Friday, August 2, 2019
  • Friday, August 9, 2019 - this date includes a Spanish Language Program for Families
  • Friday, August 16, 2019