Northern Illinois University
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., Dekalb, IL 60115
Dekalb, IL 60115
(815) 753-0446
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Northern Illinois University is a four-year, public institution located in DeKalb, Ill. The institution also manages education centers in Hoffman Estates, Naperville, and Rockford. Northern Illinois University was chartered in 1895 and first opened its doors in 1899 as Northern Illinois State Normal School. Northern Illinois University was granted its own governing board by the Illinois General Assembly in 1996. U.S. News & World Report ranks Northern Illinois University No. 189 in National Universities in its 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The university has a student population of 22,990 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Programs Offered

Northern Illinois University is composed of the College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the College of Performing Arts. NIC offers several undergraduate degree programs through these colleges, including degrees in accountancy, art history, biological sciences, chemistry, communication studies, computer science, journalism, kinesiology, management, marketing, mechanical engineering, meteorology, music, philosophy, technology, hospitality administration, and theatre studies. Graduate degrees are available in several areas, including accounting, taxation, curriculum and instruction, audiology, communicative disorders, geography, physics, public administration, and art education. NIC offers online undergraduate degrees in health and human sciences, general studies in liberal arts and sciences, registered nursing, and graduate degrees online in physical therapy, geographic information systems, industrial management and technology, public health, geography, business management, and nursing.


Northern Illinois University has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1915.


Admission to Northern Illinois University requires prospective students to submit an application and a $40 application fee. Prospective students must also submit a high school transcript, official ACT or SAT scores, and a personal statement. NIC’s deadline for the spring semester is Dec. 1. The deadline for the summer session is May 15, and the deadline for the fall semester is Aug. 1. Transfer applicants may submit college and university transcripts for college credit consideration.


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