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Northern Illinois is a public graduate school in DeKalb, Illinois. It has a mid-size graduate student body with an enrollment of 4,381 graduate students. The 57 graduate programs at Northern Illinois University are all on-campus only and none are offered online. The most popular graduate school programs at Northern Illinois University are Business, Accounting, and Information Technology. 54% of its graduate students are part-time graduate students.

Masters and Doctoral Programs

Graduate Students

Total Graduate Students
4,381
Part-Time Grad Students
2,387
Research Assistants
366
Teaching Assistants
816
Racial Diversity
  • White
    60.8%
  • International (Non-Citizen)
    15.6%
  • Hispanic
    8.1%
  • African American
    6.2%
  • Asian
    5.5%
  • Multiracial
    2.5%
  • Unknown
    1.2%
  • Native American
    0.1%
  • Pacific Islander
    0%

Student Life

Poll
What one word or phrase best describes students at your school?
Based on 5 responses
Report
  • Driven
    60%
  • Down-to-earth
    20%
  • Frightened
    20%
Poll
What phrase best describes your program?
Based on 5 responses
Report
  • Competitive and intense
    40%
  • Supportive/helped me grow
    40%
  • Not worth the FAFSA application
    20%

Professors

Poll
80%
of students agree that professors care about their students' success.5 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that professors are engaging and easy to understand.5 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that professors helped connect them to future opportunities.5 responses

Return On Investment

Poll
How much did you spend on your graduate degree?
Based on 5 responses
  • $50K-$75K
    40%
  • $25K-$50K
    60%
Poll
How much did you make post-graduation?
Based on 5 responses
  • <$50K
    20%
  • Did not graduate yet
    80%
80%
of students feel the degree they are getting at this school is worth the time and money.5 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Nightlife
    A-
Median Household Income
$44,222
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$881
National
$949
Median Home Value
$154,700
National
$184,700
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Northern Illinois University Reviews

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You will get what you put into it. If you are very involved and care about NIU, you will have an amazing experience! The campus itself is very safe and everyone on campus is willing to help you out if you need help say, finding a building on campus.
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I am enjoying my time at Northern Illinois University online. The students and professors are respectful. If I had to change one thing about my experience, I would encourage professors to improve communication between students and professors especially for those students who work weekdays from 9am-5pm.
Yes, my academic program was so informative and useful. It is full of so much information that is used in the family social service program, which that was my undergraduate. All professors are helpful and wants their students to succeed.