University Honors Program


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

Your health and well-being are the top priorities at NIU. Until Monday, Sept. 28, the University Honors Program offices will be closed while all classes are remote and in-person activities are canceled. All staff will continue to be available to you remotely, and all our virtual programming will proceed as scheduled.

Please schedule your academic advising appointments via Bookings for remote advising. All staff can be reached at their individual email addresses. If you have a general question, call 815-753-0694 or email honors@niu.edu.

The University Honors Program at Northern Illinois University provides an enriched educational experience for students motivated to achieve greatness. Through a nearly 50 year history of specialized courses, advising, engaged learning opportunities, a living-learning community and extracurricular programming, we develop tomorrow's leaders today.

Some of the benefits you'll experience as a University Honors Program student include:

  • Small, engaging courses taught by top faculty
  • Priority registration for courses
  • Honors-only scholarships
  • Guaranteed admission into an ever-growing list of graduate programs
  • Exclusive opportunities for research with faculty, study abroad and the prestigious McKearn Fellows program
  • Peer mentoring from other honors students – and the chance to be a mentor yourself
  • Opportunity to live in exclusive clusters in the New Hall Honors House

If you are someone who has the ambition to chase your dreams, and help others in their pursuit as well, join us!


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Contact Us

University Honors Program 
Campus Life Building 110
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-753-0694
Email: honors@niu.edu