Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a student enrollment of nearly 22,000.
Date Chartered: 1895
Location: DeKalb (population 44,098); 65 miles west of Chicago
Alumni of Record: 225,000
Total Student Enrollment: 21,869
Total Faculty/Staff: 4,648
Student/Instructional Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Student Housing Capacity: 6,000 (on campus)
Radio Stations: WNIJ 89.5 FM, 50,000 watts; WNIU 90.5 FM (National Public Radio); WKDI 93.5 FM (student operated)
College Structure: Seven (7) degree-granting colleges—Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts
Number of academic departments: 39
Degrees offered (24): Au.D., B.A., B.F.A., B.G.S., B.M., B.S., B.S.Ed., D.P.T., Ed.D., Ed.S., J.D., M.A., M.A.S., M.B.A., M.F.A., M.M., M.P.A., M.P.H., M.S., M.S.Ed., M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching), M.S.T. (Master of Science in Taxation), M.S.T. (Master of Science in Teaching), Ph.D.
Average Student Age
Degrees Awarded, 2011–12 Academic Year
685 international students from 116 different countries
Average High School Class Rank and ACT Score
National Affiliation: NCAA Division 1
Conference Affiliation: Mid-American Conference
Men: baseball, basketball, football*, golf, soccer, tennis, wrestling
Women: basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, indoor/outdoor track and field
*Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Status
Athletic Colors: Cardinal and black. In all printed materials pertaining to NIU intercollegiate athletics, cardinal is defined as ink color PMS 200.
Mascot: The mascot for all NIU athletic teams is the Huskie.
Athletic Department Logo: The Huskie logo is a licensed property of NIU; its use is restricted to promoting sports activities.
Chartered: 1895 - Northern Illinois State Normal School
Classes started: September 12, 1899
Board of Trustees: Northern Illinois University is governed by the NIU Board of Trustees, established January 1996 by an act of the Illinois General Assembly. Seven voting members are appointed by the governor to serve staggered six-year terms. One voting student, elected by the NIU student body, serves a one-year term.
Located in DeKalb, Northern Illinois University is:
Information updated 4/1/13