The Honors Advantage

The NIU Honors Program will enrich your education in the classroom and beyond


You're a strong student who enjoys a challenge. You like to get hands-on, applying what you learn in the classroom to real life.

If that's the case, you definitely should check out our University Honors Program at NIU.

It's one of only a handful of honors programs nationwide that embeds in-depth academics with hands-on learning experiences outside the classroom.

As an Honors student, you'll be encouraged to study abroad, network with top NIU alumni, participate in such special events as trips to Broadway in Chicago and conduct real research with a faculty member beginning as early as your freshman year.

"With personalized guidance from faculty and advisors, our students build their own educational paths," says Todd Gilson, University Honors Program director. "They graduate with robust knowledge, experiences that demonstrate their abilities and connections that help launch their careers."

About 1,000 students participate in the Honors program. They enjoy distinct advantages, including:

  • Priority registration for courses.
  • Honors-only scholarship opportunities, including grants for research, travel and study abroad.
  • Peer mentoring from other honors students.
  • Small courses taught by top faculty.
  • An opportunity to live in our New Hall Honors House.

Additionally, the University Honors Program has partnered with various NIU graduate programs to offer guaranteed admission to undergraduate Honors students. Current participating graduate programs include Accountancy, Political Science, Kinesiology and Physical Education, and the Global MBA program, with more on the way.

So what are you waiting for? Learn more about University Honors today.

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The best part of the University Honors Program is the community it creates.

Having a solid network of like-minded students has given me the support system to become the leader I am today.

— Rachel Jacob, Student Association president and NIU Student Lincoln Laureate (top senior)