Homecoming 2023! 

Watch for information on March 1 announcing the dates of NIU's 116th homecoming.

Huskies Come Home!

Coming Home for 115 years - Homecoming 2022


Years of NIU Homecoming


Events planned for this year


NIU Alumni in 150 Countries


Pride with Purpose Shirt 'Unleashed'

We're excited to 'unleash' the winning design of our inaugural Pride with Purpose shirt. When you purchase the shirt, you support our general student scholarship fund and show your #HuskiePride. Shirts are on sale at the HSC Bookstore beginning Thursday, at Mission's Grove on Saturday before the Homecoming game, and online.

Read more about the Pride with Purpose shirt


Welcome Huskies!


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!

See all Homecoming Events

football fans

Get Your Game Tickets.

NIU Football vs. Toledo Saturday, Oct. 8 at 2:30 PM.

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

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

Purchase single tickets to the Homecoming game

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

Rolling out the Red Carpet

No matter your age, there is something to do during Homecoming week. Visit local retailers and restaurants to get special discounts.

Learn more about Homecoming Hosts and deals

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

Bonfire and Kickback

All are welcome at our Bonfire and Kickback on Friday, Oct. 7. This outdoor event featuring performances, inflatables, food, a DJ and more is guaranteed to ignite our #HuskiePride.

More about the Bonfire and Kickback

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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