Week of Welcome 2021

Featured Events

Game On: The History of Video Games and Gaming Consoles Exhibit in Founders Memorial Library

During WOW (Week of Welcome), be sure to check out vintage video game consoles and their histories at the exhibit Game On: The History of Video Games and...

Communiversity Gardens Tour and Volunteer Shift

Week of Welcome (WOW) is a great time to start thinking of how you want to make a mark on our community as a Huskie. Volunteering and participating in...

Huskie Den Bowling and Pool open

Kick off your on-campus Week of Welcome (WOW) experience by having some fun in our Huskie Den. This week only, you can stop by to enjoy complimentary...

Outdoor Adventures East Lagoon Boat Rentals

An important part of your Week of Welcome (WOW) experience is getting to know our beautiful campus. Explore the most scenic place on campus during this...

8/18, 11 AM
Meet and Greet with Undocumented Student Support Services

Equity and inclusion are two of NIU’s core values, so, as a part of Week of Welcome (WOW) it’s important that you have the opportunity to meet this essential...

Students on campus

Take advantage of student-led tours during WOW to get familiar with campus before classes begin. Student ambassadors will guide you across campus so that...

8/18, 1 PM, 3 PM
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Thirty-minute bus tours of DeKalb will be offered as a part of Week of Welcome (WOW). We have partnered with community leaders, who'll serve as tour guides...

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Get a jump on the semester by stopping by the Huskie Bookstore during Week of Welcome (WOW). Stop in and pick up your course materials, required textbooks...

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Make sure you’re prepared to get your semester started off right. Week of Welcome (WOW) is the best time to start thinking about how you plan to balance...

8/18, 3 PM
NIU Recreation Skills Challenge

Let loose at the Recreation Center during Week of Welcome (WOW) and show us your skills! Do you have a three-point shot that could rival Steph Curry? Can you...

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Week of Welcome (WOW) is all about making NIU your home away from home. Esports does just that for video gaming enthusiasts who are interested in living...

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Students participating in the McKinley “Deacon” Davis CHANCE Program are invited to attend the CHANCE Leadership Conference which takes place during Week of...

8/19, 9 AM
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Fitness Class: Danceworks

Danceworks combines upbeat music of all styles with fun dance fitness combos. During Week of Welcome (WOW), this class will be free for all students. No...

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Students participating in the University Honors Program are invited to attend the Honors Retreat, which takes place during Week of Welcome (WOW). The retreat...

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Get familiar with the surrounding community and check out the DeKalb Farmer’s Market during the Week of Welcome (WOW). Walk, bike or take a Huskie Bus to...

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NIU’s Student Government Association (SGA) is excited to welcome new Huskies campus during Week of Welcome (WOW). Come join them in painting your first...

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Use your time during Week of Welcome (WOW) to develop awareness of college expectations and learn strategies to start the semester strong. Getting yourself...

8/19, 3:30 PM
Students on campus

Calling all commuter students! Make the most of Week of Welcome (WOW) and learn ways to get connected to campus resources before the semester begins. Join...

8/19, 5:30 PM
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Movie Night: Pariah

An important part of your being a Huskie is building community. Kick back and relax while meeting other new students during this Week of Welcome (WOW) event....

8/19, 7 PM
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Week of Welcome (WOW) is all about making NIU your home away from home. Esports does just that for video gaming enthusiasts who are interested in living...

8/19, 8 PM
Jewel Jamboree

Jewel Jamboree is an annual event that takes place during Week of Welcome (WOW). Join your fellow Huskies at DeKalb’s Jewel-Osco for a live DJ, Freebies,...

8/19, 10 PM
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Dance Fitness combines dance rhythms with fitness variations paired with various musical genres. During Week of Welcome (WOW), this class will be free for...

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As part of your WOW (Week of Welcome) experience, it's important to get connected with your college prior to the start of a new semester. Join the College of...

8/20, 11 AM
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As part of your WOW (Week of Welcome) experience, it's important to get connected with your college prior to the start of a new semester. Students who are...

8/20, 11 AM
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As part of your WOW (Week of Welcome) experience, it's important to get connected with your college prior to the start of a new semester. Join College of...

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As part of your WOW (Week of Welcome) experience, it's important to get connected with your college prior to the start of a new semester. The College of...

8/20, 11 AM
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As part of your WOW (Week of Welcome) experience, it's important to get connected with your college prior to the start of a new semester. Join the College...

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“Get the scoop with the CVPA!” As part of your WOW (Week of Welcome) experience, it's important to get connected with your college prior to the start of a...

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The CHANCE staff is looking forward to welcoming you to campus. The meet and greet will provide an opportunity to make a personal connection with your CHANCE...

8/20, 1 PM
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It’s important to learn about all the on-campus resources NIU has to offer to you early on in your college journey. Week of Welcome (WOW) is the opportune...

8/20, 2 PM
Student Life Open House

The Campus Life Building is one of NIU’s hubs for various student resources. Use this time during Week of Welcome (WOW) to drop in, meet our staff, and learn...

8/20, 4:30 PM
WOW Band Run

Celebrate your school spirit by joining the Week of Welcome (WOW) Band Run. You’re guaranteed to feel a sense of Huskie Pride as the marching band leads you...

8/20, 6:30 PM
Victor E. Huskie

This is your official welcome to NIU! Join us at Huskie Stadium to celebrate what it means to be a Huskie. President Lisa Freeman will kick off this dynamic...

8/20, 7 PM
Meet The Greeks

Week of Welcome (WOW) is all about making NIU your home away from home. Join current members of fraternity and sorority life at this event for music, games...

Outdoor Adventures Campfire

Kick off the weekend right with a campfire at the West Lagoon (Lorusso Lagoon), located by Stevenson North. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere while celebrating the...

8/20, 8 PM, 9:30 PM
RHA Block Party

The Block Party is an annual event offered during Week of Welcome (WOW). Come out and join Residence Hall Association (RHA) and Campus Activities Board (CAB)...

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Make sure you’re prepared to get your semester started off right. Week of Welcome (WOW) is the best time to start thinking about how you plan to balance...

8/21, 11 AM
Rec Fest

The RecFest is an annual event offered during Week of Welcome (WOW). Race, climb, shoot and play your way through the NIU Recreation Center. You’ll learn...

Students on campus

Kick start your second year by taking advantage of student-led tours during WOW. This is a great opportunity to reacquaint yourself with campus services and...

8/21, 2 PM
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Take a moment to stop by and visit The League of Women Voters of Dekalb County, a nonpartisan political organizational encouraging informed and active...

8/21, 2 PM
Students in class

Before the start of fall semester, it is important to take the time during your Week of Welcome (WOW) experience to make sure you are familiar with both...

8/21, 2:30 PM
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As part of the Holmes Student Center’s Welcome Holmes! event, NIU Esports will be hosting live scrimmages throughout the evening in the Huskie Den! Stop by...

Holmes Student Center Lighting Ceremony

Celebrate the start of the fall semester during Week of Welcome (WOW) at Holmes Student Center Lighting Ceremony! Head to the MLK Commons to get pumped up...

8/21, 8:30 PM
Welcome Holmes

We can't wait to celebrate your return to campus — Welcome Holmes, Huskies! This Week of Welcome (WOW) event will take over the Holmes Student Center — every...

8/21, 8:30 PM
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Do you have an interest in joining a music ensemble during your time here at NIU? All NIU students, regardless of major are welcome to audition for a School...

Mission in library

Get a jump on the semester by stopping by the Huskie Bookstore during WOW. Stop in and pick up your course materials, required textbooks and some Huskie...

Involvement Fair

It’s important to figure out how you want to get involved on campus early on in your college journey. Week of Welcome (WOW) is the opportune time to figure...

8/22, 1 PM
President's Welcome Back Picnic

Close out Week of Welcome (WOW) at the annual President’s Welcome Back Picnic. Join President Lisa Freeman at the East Lagoon for fun activities, food and...

8/22, 4 PM