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Welcome to Northeastern Illinois University! We are excited that you have selected Northeastern to pursue your undergraduate education. First-Year Orientation will familiarize you with the campus and Northeastern expectations, as well as provide an opportunity to meet other first-year students and faculty.

Your day-long orientation will also involve interacting with Northeastern's talented Orientation Leaders (OLs), who will assist your transition to Northeastern. As part of the orientation program, you will meet your advisor and register for fall classes. Orientation check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 6:00 p.m. Please plan to be present for the full day. 

First-year students are required to attend Orientation.
All first-year Students must participate in one of the Orientation Sessions offered throughout the summer. It is strongly recommended that you attend a June or July Orientation, as class availability is limited later in the summer.

All First Year Students Are Required to Take Placement Tests


***The next Orientation will be in December for Spring 2015 students.  Registration will open later during the fall semester.  Please contact us at 773-442-5476 if you have any questions.***

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Placement Tests



To help you begin course work at the appropriate level, all new first-year students are REQUIRED to take placement tests prior to orientation. You are required to take placement testing in English (Reading and Writing) and Math. With your test results, an advisor will be able to discuss with you during orientation where you can best begin your course work in these subjects.

Remember, all placement testing needs to be done TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR to your Orientation date.

If you need more information about Northeastern's placement tests and have not registered to take your placement tests, please visit the Testing Services web page to learn more about placement tests and how to register online.


First-Year Orientation dates start in May and end in August. The following are the available dates we are offering first year student sessions. You must participate in one date during the summer. You will be able to sign up for a date provided there is still space available. Because space is limited and available on a first come first serve bases, it is advised that you have 2 or 3 dates that you are able to attend. The deadline dates are also listed below. Once these days pass, the session will be closed and you won't be able to sign-up in the session.

Session 4 Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Session 5 Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Session 6 Friday, July 11, 2014 Friday, July 4, 2014
Session 7 Saturday, July 19, 2014 Friday, July 11, 2014
Session 8 Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Session 9 Friday, July 25, 2014 Friday, July 18, 2014
Session 10 Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Session 11 Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Session 12 Friday, August 8, 2014 Friday, August 1, 2014
Session 13 Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Session 14 Saturday, August 16, 2014 Monday, August 11, 2014
Session 15 Tuesday, August 19, 2014  

If you are a new student admitted into the Summer Transition Program (STP), you are STRONGLY encouraged to attend the following orientation dates, which are prior to the start of the STP program June 30, 2014:

Session Date Deadline
Session 3 Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Attendance Policy: All new, domestic, first-year students who will enroll in classes for the first time in fall 2014 are required to attend the New Student Orientation program to receive academic advisement and register for their courses. Students who do not attend this program will still need to receive advisement before they can get registered for their fall courses.

If extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending your assigned program and the deadline date has passed, please notify us as soon as possible by calling (773) 442-5476. If we do not receive notice about a student’s absence from Orientation, we assume the student has decided not to attend NEIU.


All new students to NEIU are charged a one time, nonrefundable orientation fee of $65.00. This orientation fee will automatically appear on your NEIU bill upon your registration of your first semester classes. This fee pays for your orientation program services and materials (including advising and registration), orientation lunch, parking for the day, your first student ID card, and subsequent programming that will occur during your first year at NEIU.

If you will be receiving financial aid, your orientation fee may be covered. Please check with your financial aid package for more information.


Listed below is a general overview of the orientation schedule. When you arrive for your orientation session you will receive a more detailed session schedule. The schedule is subject to change before the orientation sessions begin.

Orientation Check-in

Students will receive orientation materials, take their campus ID card photo, and create a NEIUport account if not already created.


Receive a warm welcome from there Vice President of Student Affairs, learn about the day's schedule, and meet the student Orientation Leaders.

Being a Northeastern Student

Expectations of college life is different than High School. Learn about what you can expect with your transition into NEIU.

Campus Safety and Parking

Learn about keeping yourself safe on campus, but also your belongings. Don't want someone walking away with your new iPad. Also learn how to avoid getting a parking ticket on campus.

Educational Requirements Overview

Learn about the academic requirements needed to graduate with a bachelor's degree from NEIU. There are major courses, general education, and electives--Do you know the difference?

Paying your Education

Learn about financial aid and scholarships available to you. You will learn about the different types of financial packages, how to get started, and how to track your financial aid portfolio on NEIUport. Also learn additional ways to pay for your college education.

Student Groups

Meet with your Orientation Leader who will be your guide throughout the day. You will meet other new students entering NEIU and you’ll be able to get answers to your questions from a current NEIU student.

Campus Tour

Know your way around campus? Your Orientation Leader will give you an informative tour of campus and point out places if interest. Do you know where your classes are, where to buy your text books, or what to do between classes? They'll help you find out.


Hang out with your new friends and enjoy lunch on us.

Student Support Services

Learn about the many of the great services available to you to help you succeed at NEIU. Difficulty with math, we have free tutoring available. Need to learn leadership skills, get involved with student clubs and organizations. Need to write a winning resume... we can help you out with that too.

College Meetings

Meet with college representatives for your intended major. They will provide useful information to get you started on your road towards your degree. Still undecided on your major? Not a problem, we have a special session for those who are still unsure what major is best for them.

Educational Requirements Overview 

Learn about the academic requirements needed to graduate with a bachelor's degree from NEIU. You have major courses, general education, and electives... Do you know the difference?

Class Registration

Put together you fall semester class schedule. No sure what to take? Don't worry an academic advisory will be available to help assist with classes you'll need your first semester.


Advising is an educational process by which you are integrated into the University community. This is accomplished by assisting you in the transition from high school to college, providing accurate information about academic major requirements, promoting learning and utilization of academic and campus resources, and facilitating academic major and career exploration. During Orientation you will participate in an advising experience. You will select your fall semester classes, learn about academic program requirements, academic policies and procedures, and other services that will help you achieve your academic success.

Enrollment in courses for Fall Semester takes place during your Orientation session. Whether you attend the first or the last Orientation session, you will find a wide range of available courses, including courses that meet General Education, major and degree requirements. Because of the high demand for a particular session date, it is important to sign-up for your Orientation session online as early as possible. All students attending Orientation will be able to find courses for the Fall Semester.

For more information about advising and how to prepare for your advising experience, please click here.


Parents and family members continue to play a role of the utmost importance in their college student's development and education. New Student Parent & Family Orientation helps families create realistic expectations and offers a great deal of information to assist families and students in making the transition into Northeastern Illinois University a success.

The New Student Parent & Family Orientation is also a one day program designed so that part of the program the student and parent are together and other parts that student is with their Orientation Leader.

New Student Parent & Family Orientation is ONLY offered at 7 First Year Orientation Sessions. If you plan to have your Parent or Family member attend orientation with you these are the dates they are available:

Session Date Deadline
Session 3 Wednesday, June 25 Wednesday, June 18
Session 6 Friday, July 11 Friday, July 4
Session 7 Saturday, July 19 Friday, July 11
Session 9 Friday, July 25 Friday, July 18
Session 10 Tuesday, July 29 Tuesday, July 22
Session 11 Wednesday, August 6 Wednesday, July 30
Session 14 Saturday, August 16 Monday, August 11

We also provide 4 orientation dates that have a Spanish speaking component to the family orientation program. If you have a family member who would benefit from having part of the program spoken in Spanish, here are the available dates:

Session Date Deadline
Session 6 Friday, July 11 Friday, July 4
Session 7 Saturday, July 19 Friday, July 11
Session 10 Tuesday, July 29 Tuesday, July 22
Session 14 Saturday, August 16 Monday, August 11

Make sure if your parents or family members are going to attend the New Student Parent & Family Orientation that you include them when you register for your orientation date. They must attend the same orientation date as you.

For more information about Parent & Family Orientation please please click here.


You may begin to register for your Orientation session date starting in March 2014. Registration will be online, based on availability. Once you register for an Orientation session, you will receive an email confirmation shortly thereafter. We look forward to seeing you this summer.

When to Register

You can register for Orientation at any time, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure that you complete your placement exam at least 2 days prior to the orientation date you select. If your placement exam is not completed prior to orientation you will need to reschedule until after you have completed your placement exams.
  • Register at least two weeks (14 calendar days) in advance of your orientation date you wish to attend to ensure your student file is prepared for academic advising.
  • Space is limited for each orientation date. The earlier you register, the more likely you are to receive an early orientation date of your choice.
  • The earlier you attend orientation, the more likely you are to get the classes you need at the days and times that you want.
How to Register

In order to register for an Orientation session, you will need to:

  • Know your Student ID Number - Each student is given a nine-digit identification number upon admissions, and it's listed on your admissions letter. (Ex: 000123456). If you can't find your letter, then please call New Student and Family Programs at 773-442-5476.
  • Know your e-mail address - Confirmation information will be sent to you electronically.
  • Know any scheduling conflicts - Orientation is a one (1) day program; make sure you plan accordingly to attend the whole day 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. If you do not complete your orientation day, you may have to come back to another orientation date.
  • Be prepared to register your family member (s) - Family orientation is offered on specific dates. If your parents / family plan to attend family orientation, then you both must sign up for the same orientation date. For more information about parent orientation, please go to the following link:

If you decide NOT to attend NEIU after signing up for a New Student Orientation session, you will still be responsible for cancelling your session in order to avoid being billed or incur any charges.

If you attend a New Student Orientation session, and decide NOT to attend NEIU, you will be billed the full Orientation fee.

To cancel your New Student Orientation Session, please send an e-mail to Please provide the following information in your e-mail:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Student ID Number
  • Orientation Session Date
  • A brief reason why you are canceling your orientation session

If you need to change your Orientation date – Please call New Student and Family Programs at (773) 442-5476.

If you need to change one of the following:

Contact information (e-mail or phone number)
Intended major
Add or cancel your parents into the Parent & Family Orientation

Please send us an e-mail at and include the following:

Student First and Last Name
Student ID number
What information you are changing.

*** Please note that as orientation dates fill, some dates that were once available may be closed and there may not be space available. So please keep that in mind when you select your orientation dates.


If you are coming to Orientation and you have any permanent or temporary disabilities or special needs which may require advance arrangements for assistance, please contact NEIU's Student Disability Services (SDS) at (773) 442-4595 or email at least 2 weeks before your orientation date.


In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), New Student and Family Programs protects the confidentiality of any student (age 18 or over) records. Access to a student's Orientation records will be given to that student only, unless the student has given consent.

See Release of Information to Third Parties for more information.
For more information regarding FERPA, please visit the FERPA web site.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have questions, please visit our Orientation FAQ to see if they are answered there.

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