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At the Heart of a Great University

With 18 departments and spanning the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest of NIU's six undergraduate colleges. By the nature of our mission, we touch virtually every new student to the university, regardless of their major, through the wide array of general education courses housed within our departments. We provide the solid liberal arts foundation that students can build upon. Your future career success begins here!



Gabriela Ruszczak

Rockford resident overcomes adversity to earn her NIU degree.

Gabriela Ruszczak's story reminds us, 'It's always possible to come back.' See more.


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