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Learning wherever you are.

NIU's Online and Regional Academics meets the needs of northern Illinois students of all ages and careers.

Formerly known as “Off-campus Academics,” our new name, Online and Regional Academics (ORA), better reflects our mission: to provide opportunities to grow and succeed in northern Illinois and beyond.

No matter where you are in your career, NIU provides academic programs and professional development opportunities that will serve you well. Our programs are recognized for their excellence and popular for their convenience.

  • Connect with the best in online education. Our online programs are recognized for their excellence and convenience.
  • Meet face-to-face, close to home. Complete your degree or obtain advanced training at our state-of-the-art NIU Regional Centers in Hoffman Estates, Naperville and Rockford, among other locations across the northern Illinois region.
  • Build on your skills to advance in your field. Check out NIU’s off-campus professional development programs. Certifications and CEUs in your chosen field can increase your earning potential! Review our credit certificate programs that can quickly build new skills in leadership or in new trends in your career sector.