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McHenry County College Service Center

Visit the NIU Service Center to:

  • Get assistance completing the application process.
  • Learn about academic and student support services available at NIU.
  • Discuss your transfer options.
  • Determine what enrollment steps are necessary and learn how to complete them.
  • Find out about upcoming events at NIU.

Office Hours:
10 a.m -1 p.m.
2-4:30 p.m.

Library Building A

Your NIU Admissions Counselor: Brenda Powell


Brenda is a Rockford, IL native and NIU alumna. She's a former college English instructor who loves helping students achieve their goals. She has a soft spot for DeKalb because it has big-city amenities with a small-town feel, and believes NIU is the perfect place for students to get the full university experience.

"There are so many options here for living, working, activities and learning; every student can create an experience perfectly tailored to his or her personality and needs."

NIU Superpowers

  • Helping students at local community colleges smoothly transition to NIU

What makes her tick

  • Concerts ad music festivals
  • Road trips
  • Crafting, cooking and most things found on Pinterest

The secret life of Brenda

  • She has a Master's in English with a Creative Writing focus in Fiction
  • She has a huge candle collection
  • Her favorite band is New Found Glory

Words to live by

"Never stop writing." - What my favorite professor, Dr. Sean Shesgreen, chased me down the hall to tell me after my last English class at NIU.

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-753-0446
Toll-free: 800-892-3050


Transfer Center:

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