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The large group tour schedule is currently booked through May 2015.  

Larger Group Visits

Unless there are unusual circumstances, groups of fewer than 10 people are best served by participating in our daily tours and group information sessions. See daily visits.

Larger groups (e.g., high schools) are welcome to visit Northern's campus. Groups of 10 or more should make special arrangements through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. These arrangements can be made by submitting the online Visit Form. Feel free to contact our Graduate Assistant at (815) 753-0209 with any additional questions.

  • Large group walking tours are available on most weekdays during the academic year and Monday through Thursday during the summer.
  • Meaningful exchange of information is impaired if walking tours are too large.
  • Scheduling preference will be given to groups whose students are in 9th grade and above. As availability permits, tours will be given to groups whose students are in 8th grade and below.
  • Tours may be complemented by pre-arranged special presentations: Please see our list of presenters, and please plan for no more than 4 presentations.
  • Large groups should make arrangements at least FOUR WEEKS in advance. Generally, only one group can be accommodated per day. Visits are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, and many groups arrange visits months in advance.
  • We expect students on tours will be accompanied by teachers or adult group leaders (at least 1 adult per 10 students) to ensure that students maintain good order, decorum and attentiveness.
  • Please assist us in making tours a positive experience by helping to adequately prepare your students for their visit. The most effective tours are those in which students show a genuine interest by being attentive to their tour guide and prepared with questions. Your help in conveying these expectations to visiting groups is appreciated.
  • Please contact us no later than 3 days before your visit, to confirm your schedule and number of attendees.
  • Cancellation Notice: If your tour needs to be cancelled, it is essential that you notify us at least 3 days in advance for rescheduling purposes. Failure to do so may limit future scheduling availability for your organization.

Types of tours include (choose one):

  • Walking Tours (reserved for groups of 40 or less) ~75 minutes
    Walking Tour of campus includes a guided tour by a Northern Ambassador Tour Guide showing a residence hall room, classroom, and additional campus resources.
  • Campus Bus Tours ~ 45 minutes
    A guided tour on the group's bus around campus led by a Northern Ambassador Tour Guide talking about the different resources at NIU.  Tour does not include Residence Hall unless otherwise requested. 
  • Campus Scavenger Hunt Tour ~ 75 minutes
    Self-guided tour around campus with stops at major resources and academic buildings.  NIU will provide self-guided map and scavenger hunt brochure, but chaperones will be in charge of leading their group of students around campus.  Northern Ambassador Tour Guides will be available to provide tours of Residence Hall and answer additional questions.