No matter what you study here, NIU will make the difference in your future. Become a Huskie and thrive. You’ll conduct research with and learn from our caring faculty, and you’ll gain the work experience you need to get the job of your dreams. Learn more about how we unleash the potential of everyone who joins our pack.

Colleges of Distinction - Career Development

Your Potential is Limitless.

Our graduates started where you are right now. Today they’re living their dreams and exceeding their own expectations, contributing to the world in ways they never imagined. Get inspired by the accomplishments of some of our outstanding alumni.


NIU alumni who have gone on to earn a doctoral degree
Source: Steppingblocks


NIU alumni living and working in 150 countries
Source: NIU Alumni Association


Median early career salary for NIU graduates
Source: Steppingblocks’ data for alumni earning bachelor’s degrees from 2016-18.

Huskies Unleashed.

Funmi Adeyemo ('23): Learn how Funmi’s experiences in the classroom as an Sport Management Major shaped her future.

Negin Pournazari ('23): Learn how Negin’s experiences in the classroom as an Industrial & System Engineering Major is helping to make her her dreams come true.

Sid Smith IV ('23) : Learn how Sid’s experiences in the classroom as a Jazz Studies Major and outside the classroom as a musician shaped his future.

See more NIU alumni and graduate stories

Jump Start Your Career

Enroll in UNIV 301: Braven Leadership and Career Accelerator, a new 3-credit elective course to help jump start your career. The course is taught by Leadership Coaches from companies in Chicagoland and you’ll receive skills and mentoring to help prepare your future.

Learn more

Success After Graduation.

Internships. One-on-one career counseling. Career fairs. Take it to the bank: You'll leave NIU confident in your career readiness – and equipped for success as you enter the workforce.

Career Fair

Our Faculty Focus on You.

Our professors inspire excellence in – and out – of the classroom. They connect you to the real world. They are recognized nationally and internationally for their research, scholarship or artistry. And they are in your corner as you work with them to achieve your goals.

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