Full time, part time or online?
Five ways to personalize your path to success at Northern Illinois University
Want to earn your degree on your terms? We can help you pursue your passion tailored to your timeline, budget and lifestyle.
Attend classes in person or online, full time or part time—the choices are yours! Here are five ways you can accomplish your goals at NIU.
Going to school full time has its perks. You'll complete your degree more quickly, and can take advantage of our flat tuition rate when you enroll in 12 or more credit hours.
Be sure to work closely with your advisor to keep your schedule manageable. A higher GPA can mean better scholarship opportunities.
Online Courses and Programs
Did you know you may be able to earn most or all of your degree using our online portal? NIU offers approximately 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees and about 10 additional certificates fully online.
Online learning offers a quality degree wherever you are. With more flexibility than traditional classes, online instruction allows you to complete much of the work remotely and on your own schedule.
But online learning is anything but impersonal at NIU. You'll connect to your classmates with virtual chats, small-group activities, blogs and more.
Successful Huskies should be prepared to spend at least three hours studying for each hour spent in the classroom. If you have a busy work or family schedule, enrolling part time could be the option for you.
Many of our programs allow you to take fewer than the typical 12 credit hours each semester, and your major advisor can tell you whether you are eligible to attend part time.
Blended Courses and Programs
If you enjoy learning with others but crave the convenience of an online course, compare our blended courses and programs with our other online offerings. You'll still complete half to 75 percent of the course online, but blended classes can require more face-to-face gatherings.
Our regional centers throughout Illinois host many of the in-person classroom sessions for our blended programs, which may benefit you if you live far from our main campus in DeKalb.
These hybrid courses offer a more even balance between online and classroom instruction, with 50 percent or less of the content taught remotely.
Though these classes are sometimes part of online or blended programs, they may require lab, clinical, field or studio work.