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Northern Illinois University

About Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University was chartered in 1895 in DeKalb, Illinois, where it remains today. Its student population of about 25,000 is composed of 48% men and 52% women. The school primarily caters to state residents, with only ten percent of the student body being from elsewhere.

The university offers 63 undergraduate programs, 68 master's programs, and 11 doctoral programs across seven colleges. Northern Illinois University also offers students the option of studying abroad, allowing them to obtain credit towards their desired program while in another country.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

To be considered for admission to Northern Illinois University, a potential student must submit an application form. The form may be submitted either online or via mail, but the college prefers that applications be submitted electronically. Students must also be sure to submit official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, an application fee, and any additional supporting documents. The university also allows applicants to submit a personal statement and letters of recommendation, but these are optional.

Northern Illinois University Colleges

College of Business

The College of Business offers students six undergraduate programs and four graduate programs. In addition to these normal services, the college also has the Experimental Learning Center where students learn directly from business professionals and conduct real-world projects. The school is accredited by the AACBS, and NIU professors were recently awarded three separate national honors for innovation in accounting education.

College of Education

Northern Illinois University was originally established for the purpose of teaching educators. The College of Education was formed in 1960 as a result of the school expanding its curriculum. This college now offers eight undergraduate programs, 18 master's programs and seven doctorate programs to its students.

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

The university's College of Engineering and Engineering Technology has about 1,400 students enrolled in its programs. The college offers six undergraduate programs, four graduate programs and 17 certificate programs across four departments

College of Health and Human Sciences

The College of Health and Human Services has 12 undergraduate degree programs and eight graduate degree programs. It has five departments that handle its student affairs.

College of Law

Northern Illinois University's College of Law enrolls approximately 325 law students at any given time. They only offer the J.D. degree, which entails mandatory first year curriculum followed by open-ended second and third years under the supervision of an advisor.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is Northern Illinois University's largest college. It was formed from 14 different departments in 1959 and currently enrolls approximately 6,500 undergraduates and 1,500 graduates. The college offers 24 undergraduate degree programs and 30 graduate degree programs.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is actually composed of three schools, the School of Art, the School of Theatre and Dance and the School of Music. Between the three schools, the college offers nine undergraduate and seven graduate degree programs.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, IL 60115
  • Phone Number: (800) 892-3050

Find Your Program:

  1. Business

    • Master of Science in Data Analytics
    • Master of Science in Digital Marketing
  2. Health

    • Master of Public Health - Health Promotion
    • Master of Public Health - Health Services Management
  3. Nursing

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RNs
    • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Education
    • Online BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • Online MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice

Northern Illinois University Online Locations

Northern Illinois University offers a wide range of programs that can be taken online. The advantages to online learning are that you can work at your own pace and learn from anywhere. For more information about specific programs, please click here.