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Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, Illinois, United States
Northern Illinois University is a premier research-centered public university focused on student career success. NIU is nationally ranked for quality and value and offers abundant academic opportunities and a rich campus life. NIU is located in DeKalb, IL, which is about 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of Chicago. With a population of 44,000, DeKalb is a thriving community that has both urban and rural influences. 

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Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University first opened its doors as the Northern Illinois State Normal School in 1899 as a teachers' school. We have since grown into a world-class, research-focused public institution that attracts students from across Illinois, the country and the world.


  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Government, Public and Social Services
  • Education
  • Art, Media and Communications
  • Health and Wellness
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math


Many people believe that university research is for faculty and graduate students. We know that undergraduate students have exciting ideas that are worth researching, and we're providing many opportunities for them to do so! Whether you are an incoming freshman, a senior or somewhere in between, you can benefit from exciting opportunities to perform research on campus, in the community and even in another country. You can choose to work alone, in groups or assist an instructor with a project.


By studying at NIU, you can become a laaywe, a doctor, a nurse, a art historian or an scientis, a data anlisys or an anthropologyst. NIU University has a career planning that prepares students for employment that matches their interests and goals. Students come to college with various questions regarding their career paths. Through various activities, workshops, and visits with the Career Services staff, students can begin to answer these questions.

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
671 -15
656 -7
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

  • Campus Dining
  • Television
  • Laundry
  • Res Tech Helpdesk
  • Technology Labs
  • Reapaisrs and Maintenance
  • Mial and Packages
  • On-Campus Internet Options
  • Keys, Cards and Security
  • Sports Club
  • Student Clubs
  • Creer Services

Housing services

The residence halls and Northern View Community apartments are great places to find your niche on campus. Living on campus with our 3,500 other residents allows you to meet people from different cultures, countries and ethnic backgrounds that may become lifelong friends as well as forge relationships with staff that are here to support you along your journey. There are six residence halls witch you can choose.

Library services

The Northern Illinois University Libraries system consists of Founders Memorial Library (main library), and two branch libraries -- Faraday Library, and the Music Library. The Regional History Center/University Archives are located in Founders Memorial Library. The University Libraries contain over 2 million volumes as well as periodicals, government publications, microforms, maps, recordings, audiovisual materials, and electronic databases. 

ICT services

We provide a wired broadband/Ethernet internet connection in all resident rooms. To connect, plug your computer or game console into the wall using your own Ethernet cable.

Medical services

Northern Illinois University is committed to offering a high quality and comprehensive student health program for all NIU students. Our Health Services clinic offers a variety of options for helping students address their health needs ranging from check-ups and lab work to sick-visits and minor procedures.

Student Life

Campus life

NIU’s central campus consists of 756 acres. NIU's facilities include over 7.6 million gross square feet in 118 buildings, ranging from housing to specialized laboratories, recreation center facilities to high tech classrooms, playing fields to libraries.

NIU campus offers student services for dining, television, laundry, repairs and maintenance, mail, keys, cards and security and has res tech helpdesk. Allsow,The departments within Facilities Management and Campus Services, offers services for maintenance and  reparation of the building, transportation and parking facilities.

Sports facilities

All NIU Sport Clubs are student-run and open to all fee-paying students, faculty and staff. With more than 500 students actively participating, our clubs are not only a great way to stay active, but also a fantastic way to network, learn a new sport and gain leadership experience. NIU has plenty of clubs to participate in and learn more about sports, like baseball, dodgeball, tennis, lacrosse, ice hockey, cricket, bowling, softball, swimming, rugby and so on.

Student clubs

At NIU there are over 300 student organizations that are registered with the Student Association, located in the Campus Life Building, room 180.  These groups are classified as academic interest and professional, community service, diversity and cultural, governing bodies, fraternity and sororities, honorary societies, political, military, programming and performing, recreational and sports, religious, and social, to name a few. All organizations have their own webpage within Huskie Link, NIU's student organization database. We encourage all students to log in to Huskie Link to view all organizations and what they have to offer.


  • Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • NIU is included in the Research Universities – High Research Activity category of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • Fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education to offer teacher education programs and offers several teacher certification programs which are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education

DeKalb, Illinois, United States

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