Northern Illinois is an above-average public university located in DeKalb, Illinois. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 12,343 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Northern Illinois acceptance rate is 52%. Popular majors include Communications, Psychology, and Accounting. Graduating 47% of students, Northern Illinois alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,300.
Northern Illinois University Rankings
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.150 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.162 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.161 responses
Most Popular Majors
Health Service Preparatory Studies179 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching138 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering118 Graduates
Human Development116 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.187 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.233 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.109 responses
Northern Illinois University Reviews
I'm currently a Music Education major. Class sizes are perfect for this major, nothing too big or small so the professors can spend a lot of time working 1 on 1 with students who need more help. Professors are as nice as ever besides a couple. The campus is beautiful and I love my dorm room. I'd like to see less violence, last semester Fall '17, we had to lock the outside doors during the day and night at all times, which was insanely annoying. It's not too much of a problem now. Great layout and classes!
NIU is a great university. There are many activities and organizations to join to get involved. The professors specific to the elementary education program are amazing! They really have your best interest in mind and all times and want to help you succeed. They bring personal and real life experiences into the classroom. Although there is a lot of course work, the professors support you every step of the way.
I enjoyed my professors in my English major. They are awesome! There is always parking. NIU offers a ton of resources whether it be tutoring or academic centers that will give you the help you need. The area around campus could be safer, but other than that NIU is awesome and I am glad that I chose NIU as my school.