History, Affiliations and Rankings
Northern Illinois University was founded in 1895 as the Northern Illinois State Normal School, which initially opened its doors in 1899 as a teachers' school. Since then, they've evolved into a world-class, research-focused public university that draws students from all over Illinois, the United States, and the world. The Higher Learning Commission has granted Northern Illinois University accreditation. It belongs to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Research Universities – High Research Activity category and is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Council on Education, Association of State Colleges and Universities, and Council of Graduate Schools all have institutional membership or other links with the university and its colleges. Northern Illinois University secured the ranking of #201-250 in the QS US Universities Rankings. U.S. News and World Report ranked the University at #299-#391 in National Universities, #132 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie) and #156-#209 in Top Public Schools.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
DeKalb is home to NIU's main campus and provides students with a traditional university experience. The 765-acre campus features an eclectic mix of architecture and lush greenery. Chicago, Naperville, and Rockford are all home to the university's satellite campuses. It also provides a variety of degrees in an online format. With over 100 courses to choose from, NIU has something for everyone. Psychology, Speech Communication and Rhetoric, Accounting, Marketing Management, Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering are among the most popular majors at Northern Illinois University.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The university has a significant role in the sustainability aspect. They were able to realise huge cost savings by upgrading through ESG's performance contracts. With the help of funding from the Department of Energy and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Equal Opportunity, these performance contracts were made possible. NIU constructed solar water heating systems for the indoor swimming pools at Gabel Hall and Anderson Hall as a long-term approach to conserving natural gas. Over the last 15 years, over $50 million in energy conservation upgrades (lighting, heating/cooling, insulating enhancements, etc.) have been implemented, resulting in annual savings of around $4 million. The list is still growing. The university boasts a strong alumni network of over 250,000 people from all around the world. The list continues to grow. The university boasts a strong alumni network of 250,000 people from all around the world. Jerry M. Anderson (M.S. 1959), 9th President of Ball State University, Joan Allen, 1980, actress, Academy Award candidate, Tony Award winner, and Allan Cox, novelist and business leader, are famous names.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The university has a total of 16,234 students enrolled, with 11,834 undergraduates, 4,079 graduates, and 321 students from the College of Law. White: 49.24 per cent, Latinx: 19.21 per cent, Black: 17.03 per cent, Asian: 5.80 per cent, International: 4.58 per cent, Two or more races: 3.55 per cent, Unknown: 0.39 per cent, American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.15 per cent, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06 per cent make up the university's student body. It accepts students from all backgrounds. There are 743 international students from 111 nations on campus. Career Services of the university positively impact the career development of every NIU student. Students can combine their academic results with their engaged learning and career-related activities thanks to the services and resources they give.. Some of the top employers of university graduates are Amazon, Deloitte, PwC, Microsoft and Oracle.