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School of Nursing

College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS)

NIU's School of Nursing is looking for dynamic individuals to join our team. Learn why NIU was saluted in the 2021 roster of “Great Colleges to Work For,” one of the country’s largest and most respected workplace recognition programs. We are proud of our commitment to excellence in nursing and of the reputation we’ve built in the community, state and beyond. We want you to be part of that.

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About the Department

Nursing is hands-on, fast-paced and stretches across all types of environments. NIU School of Nursing is no different. Our school is led by dedicated faculty who are committed to the most current evidence-based methods of instruction and to being a regional center of excellence for nursing education. 

When you become faculty member in the School of Nursing, you join a community who is there to support you in teaching, research and scholarship. Join our team today.

About NIU

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

Vision, Mission and Core Values

Northern Illinois University'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.

In pursuing our vision and fulfilling our mission, we value and practice:

  • Curiosity and creativity.
    • We provide our students active learning experiences.
    • We champion innovation.
    • We commit our resources to supporting students, faculty and staff in their research, artistry and professional development.
  • Equity and inclusion.
    • We seek and are strengthened by the diverse perspectives and experiences of our university community members.
    • We use an inclusive decision-making process.
    • We appreciate and respect every member of our community.
  • Ethics and integrity.
    • We prepare our students to become global leaders who work to build a better society.
    • We model ethical behavior in and out of the classroom.
    • We are transparent and accountable to our stakeholders.
  • Service and stewardship.
    • We serve society and confront local, national and global challenges through collaborations that improve our learning, teaching and research.
    • We make accessible the knowledge and resources we create.
    • We promote our students' success through advising and mentoring.

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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