Why-Niu

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Points of Pride

NIU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the category of Research Universities (high research activity). The university also is a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the Universities Research Association (URA).

Many of NIU's academic programs are nationally accredited for meeting the highest standards of academic quality and rigor, including business, engineering, nursing, visual and performing arts, and all teacher certification programs. See the complete list.

Find out what makes NIU a top-notch institution:


NIU Grads Get Great Jobs

NIU provides an affordable, quality education, close to home. Our nationally-acclaimed academic programs provide hands-on learning opportunties with faculty who are focused on you.


5-Second Videos

Communications Professor Laura Vazquez asked her students to create a cool but concise video about NIU. See what they did -- in just five seconds.