Huskies Come Home!
Years of NIU Homecoming
Events planned for this year
NIU Alumni in 150 Countries
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Join your Huskie alumni to celebrate NIU Homecoming with a community block party, family activities, food and beverage, music, Huskie football, tailgating and more!
Honoring Two Huskie Legacies
During our 115th Homecoming celebration we are honoring two Huskies who made a lasting impact. Learn more about Fanny Ruth Patterson and John Peter's legacies and the buildings renamed in their honor.
Celebrate in Downtown DeKalb
Join the community for the Down Home in Downtown DeKalb Block Party on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. This event features something fun for all ages—kids’ activities, the March of the Huskies, discounts at local businesses, a classic car show and much more!
Pep Rally and Bonfire
All are welcome at our Homecoming Pep Rally and Bonfire on Friday, Oct. 7. This outdoor event featuring performances, inflatables, food, a DJ and more is guaranteed to ignite our #HuskiePride.
Have Brunch with Victor E. and Mission
The Second Annual NIU Homecoming Brunch, hosted by the NIU Alumni Association and NIU Foundation, will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Oct. 8 in front of NIU's historic and picturesque Altgeld Hall on College Avenue.
Dating back to a series of 11 football games against alumni teams that began in 1903, Northern Illinois University’s Homecoming tradition evolved into the oldest major-college tradition in the state and one of the longest in the country. In 1906, Northern’s student newspaper referred to that weekend as “Home Coming.”