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Study at Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University was founded in 1895 and is a public university situated in DeKalb, Illinois. The university has an Enrolment of over 25, 000 students and is considered to be the 2nd largest university in Illinois. It is a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. Satellite centres of NIU are located in:

  • Hoffman Estates
  • Naperville
  • Oregon
  • Rockford
The sports teams are nicknamed the Huskies, and the official colors are black and cardinal. The teams compete in the Mid-American Conference. The university has men's and women's basketball, golf and soccer teams. Nicole Jeray, LPGA professional golfer; Emil R. Schiesser, aeronautics engineer at NASA; Joan Allen, Academy award-nominated actress, and Larry Young, MLB umpire are notable graduates of this university.

Profile of Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, IL is home to Northern Illinois. Dekalb is a small suburb. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Northern Illinois go up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Students commonly pursue studies in mathematics.

Northern Illinois Selectivity

Prospective students are advised that admissions are not open to all; the school selects from among qualified applicants. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 470. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 510 and 620.


Northern Illinois has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Northern Illinois has 25, 254 enrolled students .

Student Life

The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Mid-American Conference.

Northern Illinois Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management1, 109accounting, business management, marketing, finance, management science, operations management, taxation, MIS
Education and Teaching1, 061elementary school teaching, educational administration, special ed, curriculum and instruction, early childhood education, physical education teaching, reading teaching, adult ed administration, . . .
Liberal Arts894sociology, English, history, political science, economics, liberal arts and sciences, geography, Spanish language, . . .
Therapy and Counselling448psychology, communication disorders, community health services, physical therapy, educational psychology
Media334communication studies, journalism
Engineering240mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, engineering management
Science219biology, geology, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, physics
Nursing and Emergency Medicine168registered nursing, nursing science
Family and Social Work143family studies, public administration
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy131dietitian, health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Computer Science and Engineering128computer science
Fine Arts115fine arts, art history and criticism
Mathematics85mathematics, statistics
Engineering Technician79engineering technology
Music73music, music performance
Medicine69public health, medical preparatory
Construction Trades47apparel and textiles
Drama and Performing Arts44drama
Religion and Philosophy33philosophy
Medical Support and Technology31clinical lab tech
Art Studies28art studies

Contact: Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois University

1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.

Dekalb, IL 60115-2825

General Phone: (800) 892-3050


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