Save the Date: October 3-9, 2022

Make plans to come home to NIU and enjoy the 115th homecoming festivities and celebrate your Huskie Pride!

Huskies Come Home!

Coming Home for 115 years - Homecoming 2022


Years of NIU Homecoming


Events planned for this year


NIU Alumni in 150 Countries

Get your tickets to the game.

For football group tickets, please contact the box office at 815-753-PACK(7225) or via email at

Group pricing begins at 15 tickets. For Premium Games, group tickets are $18.

Purchase single tickets to the Homecoming game

A person rides their bike in downtown DeKalb underneath a marquee sign that says "DeKalb."

Book your stay.

Looking for lodging during the week of Homecoming? Find a listing of local hotels by visiting the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Find a hotel

A person rides their bike in downtown DeKalb underneath a marquee sign that says "DeKalb."
Fans at football game
Fans at football game

So Many Events!

Join your Huskie alumni to celebrate NIU Homecoming with a community block party, family activities, food and beverage, music, Huskie football, tailgating and more!

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Fanny Ruth Patterson and John Peters

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.

More about building dedications


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!

Read more about block party

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.

More about the Pep Rally and Bonfire

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.

Purchase tickets for the brunch

Homecoming History

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.”

More about Homecoming at NIU

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