Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University was founded in 1895 and is a public university situated in DeKalb, Illinois. The university has an enrollment 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 centers 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.

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Northern Illinois University
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Dekalb , IL 60115-2825
General Phone: (800) 892-3050

Northern Illinois Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,197business management, operations management, accounting, finance, MIS, management science, marketing, taxation
Education and Teaching1,130curriculum and instruction, educational administration, adult ed administration, educational admin and supervision, instructional media design, educational research, social foundations of education, special ed, school counseling, ...
Liberal Arts1,005German language, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, ...
Therapy and Counseling460psychology, educational psychology, communication disorders, community health services, physical therapy
Media316communication studies, journalism
Science255biology, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Engineering199electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, engineering management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine184registered nursing, nursing science
Family and Social Work159family studies, public administration
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy147health and physical education, sports and fitness management, dietitian
Computer Science and Engineering118computer science
Fine Arts110fine arts, art history and criticism
Music81music, music performance
Mathematics77mathematics, statistics
Engineering Technician63engineering technology
Medicine56medical preparatory, public health
Art Studies38art studies
Drama and Performing Arts38drama
Construction Trades34apparel and textiles
Medical Support and Technology34audiology, clinical lab tech
Religion and Philosophy23philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for Northern Illinois in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,97953
Master's degree1,60654
Doctor's degree10617
Post-master's certificate332
First-professional degree1111

Northern Illinois Student Body

In 2007-2008, Northern Illinois had a total enrollment of 25,254 students (20,850 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 70%
Graduate 29%
First Professional 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 69%
Black 10%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 7%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 22%
20-21 26%
22-24 23%
25-29 12%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Northern Illinois Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 78 %
Part-Time 32 %

Northern Illinois Room and Board (2007)

Northern Illinois offers campus housing for 6,300 of its 20,850 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of DeKalb, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Northern Illinois Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470570
SAT Math485585
SAT Writing450560
ACT Verbal1924
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT2%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT99%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Northern Illinois Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 9,728
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,896
Room and board $ 8,344
Room charge $ 5,350
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,520
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 2,100

Financial Aid:
Northern Illinois participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 173700)

Northern Illinois Faculty

Northern Illinois has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track107123
Non-tenured and not on tenure track7199

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year21$133,6025$125,400
Associate professorcalendar year11$114,0007$105,643
Assistant professorcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year34$122,66312$113,875

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year132$93,20357$85,295
Associate professoracademic year173$70,526127$69,340
Assistant professoracademic year105$62,991133$59,465
Instructoracademic year62$41,38991$40,454
All faculty totalacademic year472$71,364408$61,907

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Northern Illinois Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-American Conference
Basketball Mid-American Conference
Baseball Mid-American Conference
Track Mid-American Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports6582147

Northern Illinois Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering/Industrial Management
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technology, General

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Educational Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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