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Why NIU?

5 reasons to choose Northern Illinois University

Your college experience will shape not only your career but also your life.

It’s a big decision.

So why choose NIU? Here are five reasons (just for starters) to become a Huskie.

  • 1

    Great academic programs

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    We deliver the programs you want, with the academic excellence you demand. Engineering, education, environmental studies ... nursing, biology, physical therapy ... chemistry, communication, computer science ... business, psychology, theatre studies.

    You can actually choose from more than 100 courses of study, from STEM fields to the visual and performing arts—with so much in between.

  • 2

    Affordability

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    At NIU, we’re working hard to keep your costs down.

    • For three consecutive years, we’ve held the line on undergraduate tuition for Illinois residents.
    • Beginning in Fall 2018, we’re eliminating the more expensive out-of-state tuition rate for U.S. students coming to NIU from outside of the Land of Lincoln.
    • What’s more, we now have a “flat tuition rate” for full-time undergrads, so you’re not charged for taking extra courses beyond a normal semester load—and you can potentially graduate more quickly.


    You can defray your costs in other ways, too. More than 80 percent of our undergraduates receive financial assistance. And during the 2016-17 academic year, 4,200 NIU students received $14 million in grants and scholarships!

  • 3

    Friendships that last a lifetime

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    NIU is a public research university with NCAA Division I Athletics, but the campus still has a small-town feel, which makes it easy to make friends.

    You’ll meet people from different communities, cultures and countries. You’ll live, learn and socialize with students who share your interests. And you’ll be surrounded by resources and supportive staff to help you achieve success.

    With more than 300 student organizations, you also will be sure to find one (or more) that interests you. We want you to feel a sense of belonging to our Huskie community!

  • 4

    Caring faculty, hands-on learning

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    Anyone who has ever stepped into a classroom knows a great teacher makes all the difference. NIU faculty stand with the best, not only for the personal attention and hands-on experiences they provide to students, but also for the leading-edge work they conduct in their research—often aided by student assistants.

    • Climate change?
      We’re on it.
    • Cancer research?
      We’re doing it.
    • Particle physics?
      Yep, we’re on the cutting edge.


    That’s just scratching the surface. We offer an array of programs that will encourage you, as early as freshman year, to conduct your own research under the guidance of faculty mentors.

  • 5

    An education you can take anywhere

    NIU graduates at commencement

    Nothing speaks more to the value of an NIU education than our graduates. Our 240,000 Huskie alumni are found in just about all walks of life.

    Actors and artists. Novelists and screenwriters. Musicians and composers. CEOs and CFOs. Doctors and lawyers. Engineers and entrepreneurs. Members of Congress and leaders in our communities.

    You get the picture. We’ll give you the tools to innovate, change lives and make a difference because your future really is our focus.

    Learn more by scheduling a visit.