Orientation is an event for all new Northeastern students designed to help you have a successful transition to Northeastern. You will meet with an advisor to create your class schedule, and learn about the resources available to support and ensure your success.
If you are a first year student, or a transfer student with less than 30 credit hours, Orientation is mandatory. You must attend an Orientation session in order to register for classes.
If you are a transfer student with more than 30 credit hours we encourage you to attend the Transfer Student Transition Session so that you can make a successful transition to Northeastern. Please contact an Academic Advisor at (773) 442-5470 to discuss undeclared or declared majors.
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.
On the day of Orientation you will:
Orientation is a one-day program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Orientation has been carefully designed to assist you in your transition to Northeastern.
In order to enroll in classes, first year students MUST attend the whole Orientation day.
Orientation has been carefully planned with your transition to college life at Northeastern in mind. Please do not schedule any appointments while you are scheduled to be at Orientation (i.e., financial aid, music auditions, employment interviews, etc.) nor plan to leave early for work commitments, etc.
No. Orientation is designed to be a productive campus experience, and you're required to check in on time and attend all Orientation events.
If you are classified as a freshman (less than 30 credit hours), then you are slated to attend one of our First Year Orientation sessions, which will be very helpful to you as you transition into Northeastern.
The academic advisor will review general education requirements and prepare you to choose courses to create a class schedule that fits into your academic plan at Northeastern.
If special assistance or auxiliary aids are needed to accommodate a disability, please contact Student Disability Services at (773) 442-4595 or email@example.com to schedule an appointment to discuss any accommodations. Some services may take longer to put into place than others, so we strongly advise contacting Student Disability Services two weeks prior to your Orientation date.
A walking campus tour is part of the Orientation program. Please note, we are not equipped to provide transportation assistance (such as wheelchairs or golf carts). If you are attending Orientation and have any disability or require special accommodations, please contact Northeastern's Student Disability Services at (773) 442-4595 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before your Orientation date.
You can switch your Orientation date by calling New Student and Family Programs at (773) 442-5373. Dates are available on a first-come, first-served basis due to space limitations. There is no waiting list for Orientation dates.
It is extremely important that you do not miss your Orientation date, but we know that sometimes things happen. Call New Student and Family Programs at (773) 442-5373 and let us know and we will do our best to reschedule you. If you do not contact our office to reschedule, we will send you a reminder email to reschedule your Orientation date. If you miss your Orientation date and do not reschedule, you will be assessed the non-refundable Orientation fee.
If you are running late, please contact New Student and Family Programs immediately at (773) 442-5373. At that time, our office staff will let you know if you should come to Orientation or reschedule for another time.
No. Choose an Orientation date when you can attend the entire Orientation program. In order to meet with an advisor and enroll for your classes, you must attend the whole day. Do not schedule Orientation on a day when you have other obligations such as auditions, interviews, or job commitments.
No. In order to meet with an advisor and enroll for classes, you must attend the entire Orientation program. Please keep this in mind when you are making your travel arrangements.
You will not leave Orientation without semester classes! Your academic advisor will help you enroll for classes that best meet your academic needs. However, you will have more class options the sooner you attend Orientation, so don't wait - register now!
We certainly hope this does not happen! If this does occur, please call the New Student and Family Programs Office (773) 442-5373 immediately. You can reschedule and finish completing the program on another date. You will need to make up any sessions you may have missed during your absence. Please remember that attendance at Orientation is required in order to enroll for classes.
If you have decided that you will not attend Northeastern or Orientation, you must cancel your registration so you are not assessed the non-refundable Orientation fee. You may cancel by sending an email to email@example.com at least 48 hours before your Orientation date. Phone calls will not be accepted for cancellations. Please note: If you attend Orientation and later decide to not attend Northeastern, you will still be assessed the non-refundable Orientation Fee.
Each student is randomly assigned to a small group. This is done intentionally. It will help you meet new faces and make new friends. It's in your best interest to stay with the small group you are placed in at check-in. Don't worry; you'll have plenty of opportunities to see your friend throughout the day.
Please contact New Student and Family Programs at (773) 442-5373 for assistance.
At First-Year Orientation, you will be asked to log into your NEIUport account to register for classes. If you are attending a Transfer Student Transition Session, you will log into NEIUport account to review your financial aid information, transcript and degree evaluation. NEIUport is Northeastern's University-wide internet portal. This portal provides quick, centralized, and secure access to information and services for all Northeastern students, faculty, and staff.
NEIUport accounts are automatically created for students admitted to Northeastern. A Northeastern Online Connection letter is sent shortly after admission acceptance. If you did not receive a letter, you can look up your NEIUport NetID and password at neiuport.neiu.edu. You will need to enter your Northeastern student ID number and date of birth.
If you continue to have problems logging in to your NEIUport account, please contact Technology Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (773) 442-4357, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Yes, once you register for orientation, a non-refundable orientation fee of $70 will be added to your Northeastern account.
If you have decided that you will NOT attend Northeastern or Orientation, you must cancel your registration so you are not assessed the non-refundable Orientation fee. You may cancel by sending an email to email@example.com at least 48 hours before your Orientation date. Phone calls will not be accepted for cancellations.
Please note: If you attend Orientation and later decide to not attend Northeastern, you will still be assessed the non-refundable Orientation fee.
The orientation fee will automatically be added to your student account.
No, you will not need to pay for your tuition during Orientation. Northeastern uses an electronic billing (e-billing) service. You will receive an e-mail notification to your NEIUport account when your e-bill is available for viewing. You are responsible to have your tuition and fees paid by the due dates. You will be responsible for all late fees regardless of the status of a bill.
Yes. There are presentations on Financial Aid and Scholarships during First-Year Orientation and the Transfer Student Transition Sessions. In addition, you are welcome to stop by the Financial Aid Office and speak with a representative at the end of the orientation day. The Financial Aid Office is located in D Building, Room 200 (second level, above Enrollment and Student Payment Services).
Yes, family members may attend First Year Orientation. Please be aware:
No, there is no charge for family members to attend orientation with their student. However, there is a limit of two family members per student
No. Advising and registration is set aside for you to focus on selecting classes with your advisor. It's important you understand the requirements of your academic major since your success is ultimately up to you. For that reason, you'll go to your advising session on your own. Your parents will have opportunities to speak with faculty and staff during Family Orientation. Your parents/family members questions and concerns can be addressed then.
You should only bring another family member in place of your parents if they plan on participating in parent activities during Orientation (while you are engaged in student activities). Parents, family members, and friends accompanying you will not be allowed to participate in student activities during Orientation.
If a friend attends with you, s/he would be expected to attend Family Orientation activities (while you are engaged in student activities). Please also note any parents, family members and friends accompanying you will not be allowed to participate in student activities during Orientation.
This program is designed for our students only and not any additional guests. If your guests do attend with you, they will not be allowed to participate in student activities during Transfer Student Transition Session.
The simple answer is EVERYONE! Advisors, faculty, counseling staff, administrative staff, students and many others are all ready to help you! Northeastern’s website is a great source of information; if you have questions regarding academics, financial aid, student life among other things, the answers are just a click away. We have many great resources on campus just waiting for you to call!
Please contact New Student and Family Programs at (773) 442-5373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.