NIU is a place where future generations of leaders are learning today for productive tomorrows.
Guided by our Vision 2020 Initiative, a strategic roadmap toward becoming the most student-centered public research university in the Midwest, we produce graduates who are creative critical-thinkers and communicators.
Students here enjoy unlimited and life-changing opportunities for enriched and engaged learning, bolstered by our strong emphasis on undergraduate research and honors.
NIU's nationally ranked programs prove that a quality education can be affordable.
Everything you ever wanted to know about NIU.
Chartered in 1895, NIU first opened its doors in 1899 as the Northern Illinois State Normal School solely to prepare college-educated teachers.