Mechanical Engineering at NIU

For curious creators, meticulous makers and anyone fascinated by how things work.

Exploring how systems operate is at the heart of mechanical engineering. But learning about different materials and processes is just the start. More than taking things apart, mechanical engineering is about putting the pieces back together in ways that are better for people and the planet. With the ability to focus on innovative areas like robotics and sustainable energy, you'll help humankind evolve along with technology.


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What Can I Do With a Mechanical Engineering Degree?

Since you'll gain science and math skills in addition to engineering knowledge, you'll have great career flexibility. Mechanical engineers are in demand and are often sought to work in dynamic fields such as:

  • Alternative energy
  • Nanotechnology and robotics
  • Computer-aided design
  • Manufacturing

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Career Potential for Mechanical Engineering


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Program Overview

Not only will you learn about concepts like heat transfer and energy conversion, you'll experience theory in action in our state-of-the-art laboratories. You can choose to focus your studies on one of the following emphases:

  • Advanced computing and simulation
  • Robotics and controls
  • Sustainable energy

The program culminates in a senior design project, where you'll work on a real-world challenge with fellow students and industry leaders.

What degree will I earn?

You'll earn a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

How do I get in?

The NIU application is free and we are also on the Common App. Find out more about application deadlines and requirements.

What will it cost?

Tuition for a full-time undergraduate engineering student is $5,403.79 per term. More information about tuition and fees can be found on the bursar's website.

How long will it take to graduate?

You can finish the degree in four years.

NIU Admission Requirements


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How to Apply

NIU is a supportive, exciting place to start your college career, as well as a flexible and rewarding next step for transfer students. If you'll be a first-year college student, you can apply using our application or by adding us to your Common App list. Transfer students, we have an application process just for you.

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