NIU's 125th Anniversary
In September of 1895, NIU founders used a lead pencil to formally break ground on construction of a new university in DeKalb, Illinois. The following month, more than 20,000 people showed up to watch a crane slowly lower the cornerstone in place for what would become Altgeld Hall.
Beginning in January 2020, NIU will celebrate its 125th anniversary. The year-long celebration will feature special events, history projects, music and fine arts, service projects and more.