Office of Admissions, Williston Hall, 101, NIU, Dekalb, IL 60115-2857 815-753-0446
About Northern Illinois University
  • Year of Foundation 1895
  • Size of Campus 755 acres
  • Type of Instituition Public institution
  • Religious Orientation None
  • Calendar Type Semester
  • Undergraduate Population 18,467
  • App. Deadlines August 1
  • Tuition Costs In / Out - State 7,871 in-state, 13,421 out-of-state
  • Selectivity of the Intuition Selective
  • Application Fee N/A
For more than 100 years, NIU has helped build this region. Our students learn by doing. You will find them teaching in classrooms, conducting research in laboratories, consulting for businesses, solving problems for manufacturers — learning the skills that will turn them into the next generation of leaders who will ensure the vitality of this region for years to come. The vision of Northern Illinois University is to be the premier student-centered, research-focused public university in the Midwest, contributing to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of the people of the region, the state, the nation, and the world.
Social Life And Activities
  • Setting Suburban
  • Number of sororities 16
  • On-campus religious organizations N/A
  • Other on-campus organizations N/A
  • Percent students who are frat sororities 7%
  • Number of on-campus international organizations (Appears as submitted by school) Asian, Black, Hispanic
  • Alcohol Policies N/A
  • Number of frats 21
  • Other general policies N/A
  • Number of frat chapter houses 13
  • Popular Event and Social Activities on Campus N/A
  • Number of students in fraternities 21
  • Percent students who are frat members 11%
  • Number of honor societies N/A
  • Public Transportation to the University No
  • Car Permitted On Campus Yes
  • Distance to nearest airport Chicago (65), Rockford (40)
  • Distance to nearest train Chicago (65)
  • Distance to nearest bus Dekalb (1)
Student Housing
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are undefined N/A
  • Type of housing provided for students coed dorms, sorority housing, fraternity housing, apartments for married students, special housing for disabled students, special housing for international students
  • Number of housing and appartment units owned by the university N/A
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are singles N/A
  • On and Off campus housing offered Yes
  • College housing safety - Sprinkler system N/A
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are doubles N/A
  • Number of students using college housing 33%
  • College housing safety - Fire alarms N/A
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are triples N/A
  • College campus housing availability No
  • High speed or wireless internet in college housing 100%
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are apartments N/A
  • Off and remote campus housing assistance available Yes
Campus Services
  • Basic Services Provided nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Library N/A
  • Computer Courses No
  • Number Of Microforms 4,057,368
  • Estimated Capacity Of Wireless Network 1,000
  • Tutoring and Remedial Help reading, math, writing, study skills
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Classrooms N/A
  • Student Computer Availability No
  • Number of Audiovisuals-cds,videos,dvds 56,183
  • OS of Wifi Network Microsoft
  • Counseling Services minority student, career, personal, veteran student, academic, older student, psychological, birth control, religious
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Campus Labs(est) N/A
  • Student Email Accounts Yes
  • Number of e-books 24,165
  • Student Allowed To Post A Web Page Yes
  • Library On Campus Yes
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Other Locations N/A
  • Internet Access Yes
  • Library Facilities Faraday Library,the Map Library,NIU-Hoffman Estates Library,NIU-Naperville Library, NIU-Rochford Library and Regional History Center/University Archives.
  • Online Course Registration Available Yes
  • Number Of Books in Library 2,181,108
  • Wireless Network - Student wi-fi Yes
  • Location Of Available Computers computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • Museums N/A
  • Campus Safety 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)
  • Number Of Subscriptions 26,971
  • Location Of Area With Wireless Support in some of the libraries (excluding computer labs), in some classrooms, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in some of the college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
Student Employment and Career
  • Employed Students after 6 Months 85%
  • Does the school discourage student employment No
  • Employed Students after 1 year 15%
  • Army ROTC on campus? Offered on campus
  • Employed Students after 2 years N/A
  • Navy ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • Top Companies Selecting Students For Jobs Northern Illinois University,Motorola,Abbott Labs,Allstate Insurance,IBM, SBC Communications,Sears, Northern Trust,Baxter International, Accenture, State Farm Insurance,Hewitt Associates, Caterpillar Inc.,Bank One,Walgreen, Kraft, BP/Amoco, CNA Insu
  • Airforce ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • Number of undergraduates (only) with employment 24%
  • Career placment and training co-op education, on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, interest inventory, interview training
  • The average earnings of employed undergrads 1,700