Northern Illinois University

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Northern Illinois University, commonly known as NIU, is a public research university in DeKalb, Illinois. Originally established in 1895 as Northern Illinois State Normal School, the institution began as a state system for increasing the amount of teachers with a college education.

Divided into seven colleges, NIU has over 25,000 students enrolled, and has graduated over 225,000. NIU has many programs that have received national accreditation for academic excellence, including engineering, business, visual and performing arts, nursing, and all education programs. The school’s athletic teams, known as the Huskies, compete in the NCAA at the Division I level along with only one other public university in Illinois.

General Information

Admission Office

DeKalb, IL 60115-2854

(815) 753-0446

(800) 892-3050

Fax: (815) 753-8312

[email protected]

Contact: Robert Burk

Director of Admissions
Main Address

DeKalb, IL 60115-2854

(815) 753-1000

Total undergrads: 18,431

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,881

Degree-seeking undergrads: 18,398

Graduate enrollment: 5,669


Urban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 58%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Special Education B


Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Nursing (RN) B
Nursing – Public Health B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Computational Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics/Probability B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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