Contact: NIU Office of Public Affairs
December 6, 2004
NIU holds the highest possible ranking (Doctoral/Research Universities – Extensive) in the well-known Carnegie listing of research universities. The university also is a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and is a full member of University Research Association Inc., a non-profit consortium of leading research universities which operates Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory under a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.
NIU is a frequent partner in research with Fermilab. The university in 2001 established the Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development (NICADD), dedicated to the development of a new generation of particle accelerators and detectors at Fermilab.
NIU also is experienced in operating health-related clinics, including the Tri-County Community Health Center, the NIU Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, and several other clinical programs which together serve thousands of northern Illinois patients and families each year.