Work at NIU

Located west of Chicago in a close-knit community, NIU offers big-city resources and small-town charm. You'll appreciate the variety of our job openings—and our comprehensive benefits: We offer health, dental and vision insurance, paid time off, retirement benefits and more.

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Employment Types

Learn about different types of jobs at NIU for professionals and students.

Tests and Assessments

Certain positions require you to take tests or have your credentials reviewed.

Benefits and Perks

Experience great benefits and perks from your very first day on the job.


If you have a qualifying disability, you can request an ADA accommodation to ensure equal opportunity when applying for a job.

Identity Verification

If hired, we’ll confirm your identity and employment eligibility with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration.

Campus Safety

Safety is a priority at NIU. Every year, the university provides a campus safety/security report and a fire safety report.

About NIU

We are a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university, with expertise that benefits our region and spans the globe in a wide variety of fields including the sciences, humanities, arts, business, engineering, education, health and law. Through our main campus in DeKalb, Illinois, and education centers for students and working professionals in Chicago, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, NIU offers more than 100 areas of study while serving a diverse and international student body.


NIU's vision is to be an engine for innovation to advance social mobility; promote personal, professional and intellectual growth; and transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach.


The mission of Northern Illinois University is to empower students through educational excellence and experiential learning as we pursue knowledge, share our research and artistry, and engage communities for the benefit of the region, state, nation and world.

Student Profile

Total Student Enrollment

15,649 (Fall 2022)

  • Undergraduate: 11,429
  • Graduate: 3,908
  • College of Law: 312

Average Student Age

  • Undergraduate: 22
  • Graduate: 33

Male/Female Categories

  • Undergraduate: 47% male; 53% female
  • Graduate: 40% male; 60% female 

International Students

966 international students from 76 different countries

Ethnic/Racial Categories–Undergraduate (Fall 2022)

  • White: 46.52%
  • Latinx: 20.22%
  • Black: 17.27%
  • Other: 6.76%
  • Asian: 6.12%
  • International: 4.58%
  • Two or more races: 2.81%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.22%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%

Average High School GPA (Fall 2022)

Average high school GPA of new freshmen: 3.42
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