New Student and Family Programs

Main Office - C-520
(773) 442-5373

The New Student and Family Programs Office focuses on the successful transition of entering first-year and transfer students. This office coordinates new student orientation, testing services for the English (Writing and Reading) and Mathematics placement exams, training of orientation leaders, and family and parent programming.

New Student Orientation

Orientation assists 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 Testing area administers and coordinates placement testing in English (Writing and Reading) and Mathematics. Counseling Services provides psychological testing for students when deemed appropriate. The Career Development Center assists students by providing information for graduate entrance exams and career testing. The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers placement tests in non-English languages (i.e., German, French, Spanish, Russian) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). In addition, the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education and the College of Business and Management administer a variety of tests/examinations required for admission to their respective colleges.

Family and Parent Programming

Family and Parent Programming involves and supports family members by providing helpful information to aid in the success of their student.  Programs such as Family Orientation, Family Brunch, and our Family Newsletter provide parents and family members an opportunity to become connected to Northeastern, its community and campuses.