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:
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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