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NIU Overview

Northern Illinois University was founded in 1895 and is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The campus consists of 756 acres and 59 major buildings. Northern Illinois University has a total enrollment of approximately 25,000 with approximately 950 international students from more than 100 different countries. Eighty-three percent of our full-time faculty hold the Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree.

Northern Illinois University is located in DeKalb County, Illinois, population 90,000, and is approximately 60 miles west of Chicago. The towns of DeKalb and Sycamore have populations of 40,000 and 12,000 respectively.

Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. NIU holds professional accreditation from the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The university is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education to offer teacher education programs. NIU is included in the Doctoral/Research Universities - Extensive category of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and is a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. The university and its colleges have institutional membership or other affiliations in or with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Council on Education, Association of State Colleges and Universities, Council of Graduate Schools, and Universities Research Association.