Save the Date for NIU’s 116th Homecoming Celebration 

NIU is excited to welcome Huskies home for our 116th Homecoming celebration happening the week of Oct. 8-15, 2023.

Huskies Come Home!

NIU Homecoming 2023


Years of NIU Homecoming


Days of celebration


NIU Alumni in 150 Countries

Featured Events

Below is a sneak peek of some events being planned for our 116th Homecoming celebration. With the exception of the Homecoming Football game, dates and times are subject to change. Check back for updates and more events to be added.

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Homecoming Grant Proposals Now Being Accepted

Do you have an idea for a homecoming event that you would like to see on campus, or want to enhance an existing homecoming event? The Homecoming Executive Committee invites all students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to submit formal proposals for review! Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 14, 2023.

Learn more about Homecoming Grants

Get Your Football Tickets

NIU Huskies Football vs. Ohio University Bobcats Saturday, Oct. 14.

Season tickets are now on sale for NIU Football. Purchase yours by visiting

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. Tickets for individual games will be on sale at a future date. Check back for more details to come.

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."

Book Your Stay

Be sure to reserve local lodging accommodations so you are only minutes away from all the fun and festivities happening on campus and in the community.

Find a place to stay for Homecoming.


Have You Purchased Your Pride with Purpose shirt?

A new Homecoming tradition introduced in 2022, the Pride with Purpose shirt was created to provide Huskies with the opportunity to own a limited-edition shirt while supporting our general student scholarship fund.

Learn more and purchase your shirt


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

Something Old But Always Something New

While every Homecoming celebration at NIU is different, one thing remains the same—Huskies enjoy a week of events that celebrate our Huskie Pride. View these recap videos from NIU’s 115th Homecoming celebration in 2022 to get a taste of what’s in store when you return for our 116th celebration!

ICYMI Homecoming Video

Moments from NIU Homecoming 2022

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