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Adult Learners

NIU, your regional university, offers award-winning programs for adult learners and mid-career professionals. Our wide range of high-quality options will meet your needs, whether you are just starting your college journey, want to build on an associate’s degree, or are looking to enhance your career with graduate studies.

In addition to our DeKalb campus, we offer programs online, at our own regional centers in Naperville, Rockford, and Hoffman Estates, and at other locations throughout the Chicagoland area.

Undergraduate Programs

Starting from scratch or bringing credits or an associate’s degree from another institution? Check out our programs:

Graduate Programs

Continuing your education by pursuing a graduate degree?  Learn more about our programs:

Professional Development

Earn CEUs, prepare for accreditation tests, or work on accelerated certificates. Learn more.

Quality matters, because you matter

Northern Illinois University believes that a quality online education begins with high standards. That’s why NIU’s online courses are designed in accordance with the best practices in online education as established by the international organization Quality Matters, which researches and promotes the highest quality in online learning.

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If you have questions regarding NIU's Adult Learner courses, degrees or certificates, please contact Andrew Kopecky.

Andrew Kopecky
Credit Program Coordinator

If you need help getting reacquainted with the academic world or identifying strategies to integrate studies with work and life responsibilities, please contact Mandy Wescott.

Mandy Wescott
Student Success Specialist
(815) 753-5891