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About NIU

Northern Illinois University is among the nation's premier regional public universities.

Located in one of the most dynamic regions of the country, NIU is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a diverse and international student body of more than 25,000. Of these students, 92 percent are from Illinois, 46 percent are men, 54 percent are women, 26 percent identify themselves as ethnic minorities, and 836 are international students from 90 nations.

The University is composed of seven degree-granting colleges that together offer 54 undergraduate majors and 74 graduate programs, including 10 Ph.D. programs, doctoral degrees in education and the Juris Doctorate. NIU offers programs of study leading to M.S.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees in Adult and Higher Education.

Black Issues in Higher Education magazine consistently ranks NIU in the top 100 institutions nationwide graduating minority students, including No. 1 in the country for number of graduate degrees in education awarded to African-Americans.

NIU is recognized as one of the 100 best campuses for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students in the nation by The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, the first comprehensive LGBT campus guide. NIU earned the distinction based on its record of creating a positive living and learning environment for LGBT students. Colleges and universities selected for the book were reviewed for their institutional policies, commitment and support, academic life, housing, student life, counseling and health services, campus safety, and recruitment and retention efforts. NIU was one of 680 campuses nominated for the honor, and was selected after an extensive online interview process that gathered information from students nationwide.

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About Housing & Dining

Housing & Dining at Northern Illinois offers many opportunities for our students to live in a comfortable and safe environment.

Mission Statement

Housing & Dining is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and educationally empowering community where students can learn, grow, and be successful within a complex and diverse world. Through our facilities, programs, and the collaborative efforts of our staff, student leaders, and campus partners, we promote respect, individuality, and personal responsibility.

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About Our Residence Halls and Northern View Community

Approximately 6,000 students reside on campus. We have a live-on-campus requirement for most first-year students. Students enjoy a mix of traditional residence hall rooms and suites. NIU also offers Northern View Community; University-run apartment complex with 120 units as a home to nontraditional students, like those with dependents or partners, students who are in graduate or professional programs, and undergraduate students who are at least two years post high school.

The residence halls are grouped into four areas – Stevenson Towers, Neptune Hall, Grant Towers, and Lincoln/Douglas halls. Our residence halls feature a mix of double rooms, single rooms, suites with or without bathrooms and some triple rooms. Each residential area features at least one dining facility and 24 hour computer labs. Other services in the halls include tutoring centers, writing centers, activity and study rooms, and academic advising and counseling satellite offices.

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About Our Living-Learning Communities(LLCs)

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) at Northern Illinois University provides students within a chosen course of study an opportunity to experience formal and informal out-of-classroom interactions with faculty and programs. Living learning programs at NIU have a long tradition, beginning in 1972. The oldest program is the Foreign Language Residence Program (FLRP). Some of our other halls include Business Careers House, Fine Arts House, Teacher, Education and Certification House (TEACH) House, and more. Learn about our LLCs...