Facts and History


Student Profile

  • Approximate Total Enrollment: 1,456
  • Undergraduates: 1,194
  • Graduates: 262
  • ACT Composite Score Range: 19*-32
  • ACT Average Score Range: 23-24
  • Class Rank: Upper 40 percent

*Students applying for admission in 2020 who have lower ACT scores may have to first successfully complete the university's CHANCE program or qualify under special considerations. Starting in fall 2021, we won't consider students' ACT/SAT scores for general admission.

Quick Facts

  • Youngest college on campus (established in 1985)
  • Practice-based institution with over 200 partnerships with business and industry
  • More than 12,000 alumni, a majority of whom work and stay in the Northern Illinois region
  • Our classes are small and have an average of 24 students and a student to faculty ratio of 25:1
  • All courses in the college are taught by faculty, most of whom hold doctoral degrees
  • Hundreds of company presidents, CEOs and senior executives among alumni


With a three-decade history of developing high-achieving alumni and steady enrollment growth in recent years, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology continues its legacy of investing in Northern Illinois University students and making a robust impact throughout the region.

Even with our status as one of NIU’s “newest” colleges – the college was established in 1985 – our roots are tied to the start of the university’s Industrial Arts program, which taught skills such as wood and metal work, book binding and printing during the early 1900s. Class types expanded throughout the 20th Century as industrial technology advanced in the areas of electricity and machinery.

Engineering and technology departments continually widened their course offerings, hired staff and adapted facilities to stay on the front end of the ever-changing field for many years until the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology's mid-1980s debut. Our biggest move came in 1995 when the $43 million, 125,000-square-foot Engineering Building opened to offer students an even greater learning environment.

Today, the Engineering Building on Garden Road serves as a hub for 1,456 students who benefit from cutting-edge learning opportunities featuring the latest equipment and programs recognized on the national and international level. The college has also earned approval from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and the National Association of Industrial Technology.

As it has for many years, the college proudly continues to play an important role in local economic development by connecting students to real-world training and research opportunities around the region.