Rankings & Recognition

 Outstanding College Alumni Award Recipient

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Fast Facts

The Center for Burma Studies is the only center of its type in the world.

The world-renowned Center for Southeast Asian Studies boasts one of the nation's largest concentrations of expertise in the region's history, politics, people, geography, art, literature and languages.

NIU teaches more Southeast Asian languages than any other U.S. university.

The public administration program has produced one-third of all Illinois city managers.

The Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault boasts one of the nation's premier research programs into the causes and consequences of violence, including child physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Thanks to a new university-established congressional internship program, NIU students live, learn and work for Congress each summer in the heart of the nation's capital.


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is the university's largest college with 17 departments and seven centers that span the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. 

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Earns National Rankings

U.S. News - Best Grad Schools

U.S. News & World Report

  • Best Grad Schools: NIU’s Master of Public Administration program ranks 5th in the specialty field of City Management & Urban Policy and 12th in the specialty field of Public Finance & Budgeting

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Communication Institute for Online Scholarship

  • Top 10 Research Department: NIU’s Department of Communication is a distinguished program in eight research categories with noted departmental strength in thirty additional research categories
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National Ground Water Association

  • Top Hydrogeology Programs: NIU’s geosciences program ranks in the top 100

Philosophical Gourmet Report


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Earns Academic Prestige


Professional Organizations

Agrgonne Lab logoPartnerships

  • Argonne National Laboratory: NIU’s graduate programs in physics and chemistry participate in fellowship opportunities at Argonne National Laboratory
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    Fermilab: NIU’s graduate program in physics has a partnership with Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, working together on experiments and research