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Welcome to Northeastern! We are excited that you have selected Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) to continue your undergraduate education. Transfer Orientation is designed to help with your transition into NEIU by familiarizing you with the campus and NEIU expectations, as well as provide an opportunity to meet other transfer students and faculty.

Your orientation will also comprise interacting with Northeastern's talented Orientation Leaders (OLs), as they will assist your transition to NEIU. During orientation you will have to opportunity to learn about financial aid opportunities and major requirements for your degree, go on a campus tour, lean about academic resources available to help you meet your academic goals, and meet other new transfer students. As part of the orientation program, you may make an appointment to meet advisor and register for fall classes. Orientation check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends approximately around 2:00 p.m.--Please plan to be present for the full day.

*****Thank you for your interest in attending Transfer Orientation. The next orientation date will be in December for the Spring 2015 semester. Registration will open during the Fall semester. Please contact us at 773-442-5476 if you have any questions.*****

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The following are the available dates we are offering Transfer Orientation sessions. 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 dates that you are able to attend. The deadline dates are also listed below. Once these dates pass, the session will be closed and you won't be able to sign-up in the session.

Morning Sessions (8:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Session Date Deadline
Session 3 Saturday, August 2 Thursday, July 25
Session 4 Friday, August 15 Friday, August 9
Afternoon Session (1:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Session Date Deadline
Session 2 Thursday, July 17 Friday, July 12


Listed below is a general overview of the session schedule. When you arrive for your Orientation session you will receive a more detailed session schedule. The schedule is subject to change before the Transfer 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 the Vice President for Student Affairs, learn about the day's schedule, and meet the student Orientation Leaders.

Being a Northeastern Transfer Student 

Expectations of college life at NEIU are different than your previous community college or 4 year institution. Learn about what you can expect with your transition into NEIU.

Financing 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.

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 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 with that, too.

Veteran services

Attend an information session for those who have served our country proudly. Meet with staff to make your transition into NEIU as easy as possible.

College Meetings

Meet with college representatives for your intended major. They will provide useful information to get you started on the road to 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. There are major courses, general education, and electives--Do you know the difference?

Advising appointments

If you requested to meet with an advisor during your orientation you will be assigned a meeting time to meet with an advisor to guide you with the selection of courses and registration.


Transfer students who attend orientation are charged a one time, nonrefundable orientation fee of $20.00. This orientation fee will automatically appear on your NEIU bill upon registration of your first semester classes. This fee pays for your orientation program services and materials, 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 your financial aid package for more information.


Advising is an educational process by which you are integrated into the University community. This is accomplished by assisting your transition into NEIU, providing accurate information about academic major requirements, promoting learning and utilization of academic and campus resources, and facilitating academic major and career exploration.

If you are transferring less than 45 credit hours or are undecided as to your major, you should meet with an advisor in the Advising Center. Advisors are available on a walk-in basis, Monday thru Thursday 8:00 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. You can also call (773) 442-5470 to make an appointment.
If you have earned an approved ICCB (Illinois Community College Board) Model A.A., A.S., or A.A.T. degree or have already decided upon your major, we strongly encourage you to contact an advisor in your intended major college or department prior to registering for your first semester of classes.

College of Arts & Sciences

Click here for contact information for specific majors.
Visit their web page.

College of Business & Management

Program Advisement Office
Location: CBM 159
Phone: (773)442-6111
Visit their web page.

College of Education

Contact: Santiago Tapia-Rubio - Pre-Admission Counselor, College of Education
Location: Lech Walesa Hall (LWH) - 0022
Phone: (773)442-5473
Visit their web page.


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


You may begin to register for your Orientation session date starting in March 2014. Registration will be online, based on space 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:

  • Register at least one week (7 calendar days) in advance of your orientation date. If you are requesting a meeting with an advisor during orientation, this will ensure your student file is prepared for advising appointment.
  • 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.
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, 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.

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

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 decide NOT to attend NEIU after signing up for an Orientation session, you will be responsible for cancelling your session in order to avoid being billed or incurring any charges.

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

To cancel your 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


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 on the Registrar's website.

For more information regarding FERPA, please visit

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