Orientation

Orientation is designed to support and enhance the new student transition to the University by taking a holistic approach to student development and transition, with the ultimate goal of positively impacting student success.

The mission of Orientation programming is to assist new students with a successful transition to Northeastern Illinois University by preparing students for the academic, social, and cultural opportunities and climate of the University, while also supporting parents, partners, guardians, and children of new students.

The mission and goals of Orientation are grounded by NEIU's strategic plan. Orientation supports student success, which is goal one of the strategic plan. Specifically, the program focuses on two action steps within goal one: 1.3: Raise undergraduate and graduate student recruitment, retention, and graduation rates, including those for students from historically underrepresented groups, to specific University benchmarks and goals. 1.5: Improve coordination among student and academic support programs and services with a focus on quality, customer service, and intentional integration with the curriculum.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student will have:

  • An increased knowledge of the practical competencies needed to be successful at Northeastern Illinois University.
  • An enhanced awareness regarding major/academic field of interest.
  • Meaningful relationships with faculty, staff, and other students.
  • A strengthened sense of self-efficacy.
  • A greater level of satisfaction with their decision to attend NEIU.
  • An enriched awareness/belief that the University is here to support their success.
  • Parents, partners, guardians, and children with increased knowledge of methods to support student success.
  • Parents, partners, guardians, and children with an enhanced bond with the University.
  • An increased understanding of leadership styles and leadership skills.

First Year Student Orientation

We are excited that you have selected Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) to pursue your undergraduate education. This program will familiarize you with the campus, as well as provide an opportunity to meet other first-year students and faculty.

Your day-long orientation will also comprise interacting with NEIU's talented peer leaders, as they will also assist you in your transition to NEIU. As part of the orientation program, you will meet your academic advisor and register for fall classes. Orientation begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:45 p.m.--Please plan to be present for the full day. First-year students are required to attend Orientation.

Have questions? We have answers! Please email us at Orientation@neiu.edu.

FAQ

What to wear?

  • Casual attire is appropriate for Orientation. We recommend bringing comfortable shoes since the program involves a lot of walking.

What to bring?

  • Students should bring a backpack or bag to carry materials.
  • Picture id (state issued or high school) and your NEIU student id number
  • NEIUport log-in and password you were asked to create. If you have not created your password, then click here to download the instructions

What not to bring?

  • You will not need to pay for your classes during Orientation so excessive money is not necessary. If you plan to eat during times that food is not offered by the program, then you should bring money.
  • This session is specifically for first-year students. Your parents and loved ones are more than welcome to attend Family Orientation (link to Family Orientation).

What to park?

  • Complimentary parking is available on levels 4 and 5 of the Parking Facility. Click here for driving directions and a campus map

What to check-in?

  • Check-in will take place at 8:30 a.m. in the Golden Eagles Room, located on the main floor of the Student Union Building.

What to expect?

  • You will register for your fall semester classes during your Orientation session. The program streamlines the registration process by providing academic advisement and assistance with course selection. During your Orientation Advising Session, you will be able to print out your schedule of classes. Attending Orientation is the best way to become familiar with the campus, receive an update about your financial aid package, learn about student life, and register for your fall semester course work.

Is First-Year Orientation manditory?

  • Yes, First-Year Orientation is mandatory for all students starting at NEIU in the fall, who have not attended another university.

Dates

Spring Orientation Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2013.
Please contact us at 773-442-5476 if you have questions.

If you have not registered to take your placement examination, then please contact the Academic Advisement and Testing Center at (773) 442-5470 or email acad@neiu.edu immediately.


Transfer Orientation

Congratulations on your decision to join a unique campus community. We offer an exciting learning environment with a diverse student body, and excellent faculty. Registering for a Transfer Orientation session is an important next step. You will learn more about NEIU academic programs, academic support services, and opportunities for engagement.

Transfer Orientations are held at the Main Campus in the Student Union (Golden Eagles Room). Online registration, directions to campus, and a campus map are available at the Orientation website: www.neiu.edu/orientation. The Transfer Orientation cost of $20.00 is billed to your student account. This fee is non-refundable. However, rescheduling is available at no extra cost. Complimentary parking is available on levels 4 and 5 of the Parking Facility.

Academic Advisement Before or During Transfer Orientation


Advising before Orientation

Registration for the fall 2012 semester begins on April 16th, 2012. We strongly urge you to meet with an academic advisor prior to attending orientation. For information about scheduling an advising appointment, please see the Academic Advising Center website: www.neiu.edu/transferadvising.


Advising at Orientation

If you are unable to meet with an advisor prior to orientation, a limited number of academic advisors are available to assist students during each orientation session. Please note, they may be general advisors rather than advisors within a specific major. You must make an appointment in advance to see an advisor at orientation. You may make an advising appointment when you schedule your orientation date.

FAQs

What to wear?

  • Casual attire is appropriate for Orientation. We recommend bringing comfortable shoes since the program involves a lot of walking.

What to bring?

  • Students should bring a backpack or bag to carry materials.
  • Picture id (state issued or high school) and your NEIU student id number
  • NEIUport log-in and password you were asked to create. If you have not created your password, then click here to download the instructions

What not to bring?

  • You will not need to pay for your classes during Orientation so excessive money is not necessary. If you plan to eat during times that food is not offered by the program, then you should bring money.

What to park?

  • Complimentary parking is available on levels 4 and 5 of the Parking Facility. Click here for driving directions and a campus map..

What to check-in?

  • Check-in will take place at 8:30 a.m. in the Golden Eagles Room, located on the main floor of the Student Union Building.

What to expect

  • You will learn more about NEIU academic programs, financial aid, academic support services, and opportunities for engagement.

Will I receive academic advisement at Transfer Orientation?

  • Click here to learn more about academic advising at orientation.

When is Transfer Orientation offered??

  • Click here to see the dates of transfer orientation.

What if I have 15 or fewer transfer credits?

  • You have the option to participate in a First-Year Orientation or Transfer Orientation.