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Partners in a bright future

NIU is more than Rockford’s public university: NIU is Rockford’s partner in a bright future.

While the Forest City works internally to transform into a thriving, healthy, safe and fulfilling community, NIU stands as a key collaborator in making that happen – as we always have.

Our long commitment to Rockford spurs modern economic development and creates jobs. We’re Rockford’s partner in the crucial aerospace industry, where our faculty expertise influences innovation, productivity and profitability.

Our devotion to preparing Rockford children for higher education and prosperous careers begins with our partners in District 205, where we provide professional development and promote the STEM curriculum necessary for high-tech employment opportunities.

That promise continues with our colleagues at Rock Valley College, where our innovative programs streamline the bachelor’s degree path for future engineers and for students of all directions who plan to transfer.

And with each victory – such as $40,000 in NIU scholarships for Stateline Quiz Bowl champion Auburn High school, or life-changing opportunities awaiting entrepreneurs at the NIU EIGERlab Innovation Network Fast Pitch Competition – we will celebrate.

Just as we always have.

NIU and Rockford At a Glance


  • NIU has more than 14,000 alumni in the Rockford area
  • NIU alumni can be found in countless leadership positions in business, government, social service, and professional organizations in the community


  • Approximately 1,500 students from the Rockford area attend classes in DeKalb each semester    
  • More than 2,000 students attend classes at NIU-Rockford or online each semester

NIU-Rockford Center

  • 40,000  sq. ft. building located at 8500 East State Street
  • 250-seat auditorium and 12 executive classrooms
  • Smart classrooms and videoconferencing technology
  • Space available for corporate meetings and events

Academic Programs in Rockford

Undergraduate Degree Programs in Rockford

  • B.S. in Business Administration (full-time, daytime program)
  • B.S. in Technology – Industrial Technology Management
  • B.S. in Technology – Aviation Management Technology
  • B.G.S. in Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • B.G.S. in Health & Human Sciences
  • B.S. in Nursing – R.N. to B.S.N

Graduate Degree Programs in Rockford

  • M.S. in Education – Literacy Education with Emphasis in Reading
  • M.S. in Education – Instructional Technology (new in Spring 2014)
  • M.S. in Education – Educational Administration (new in Fall 2014)
  • M.S. in Industrial Management
  • M.S. in Public Administration

NIU Certificates offered in Rockford

  • Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (Undergraduate)
  • Certificate in Homeland Security (Undergraduate)
  • Certificate in Homeland Security (Graduate)
  • Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (Graduate)


Alumni Profiles

Ehren Jerrett

Ehren Jerrett

’04 Master of Science in Education
’06 Educational Specialist
’09 Doctor of Education

Superintendent Rockford Public Schools

Judge Michael Mallon

Judge Mike Mallon

’72 Bachelor of Science in Marketing

Retired Chief Circuit Judge, State of Illinois

Barbara Giorgi-Vella

Barbara Giorgi-Vella

’87 Master of Science in Education
'92 Juris Doctor

Attorney At Law, Vella & Lund

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