Northern Illinois University

Introduction

Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a comprehensive teaching and research institution. It has since grown into a world-class, research-focused public institution that attracts students from across Illinois, the country and the world. The vision of Northern Illinois University is to be the premier student-centered, research-focused public university in the Midwest, contributing to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of the people of the region, the state, the nation, and the world.

NIU is a multicultural community of over 20,000 students that cultivate, promote and celebrate diversity. Approximately one third of NIU’s students come from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Its student body also includes more than 1,200 international students from over 70 countries. NIU is located in DeKalb, IL, which is about 105 kilometers west of Chicago. With a population of 44,000, DeKalb is a thriving community that has both urban and rural influences. Its location to the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs offers unique opportunities for culture, entertainment and employment. Many of NIU's programs are enhanced by the university's proximity to the major industries and large alumni base in the Chicago and suburban area; these provide opportunities for internships and clinical experience.

Undergraduate Programs at NIU

NIU’s 42 departments within seven colleges provide students with amazing learning opportunities in over 100 fields of study. Our outstanding faculty will help you explore and grow in an exciting learning environment – where hands-on experience complements classroom instruction. We offer 56 majors with 90 emphases, 73 minors and seven pre-professional programs in the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts.

College of Business

  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration
  • Finance

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Department of Biological Sciences

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Student-centered Approach to Education

NIU is a place where students come for the kind of student-centered approach to education that helps them forge a life on campus that is uniquely tailored to their needs and interests. Its outstanding faculty will help students explore and grow in an exciting learning environment – where hands-on experience complements classroom instruction. Faculty and staff advisers are available in each college and department to help students select a major, design a program of study, map out schedule, monitor academic progress and clarify career goals.

Through internships, research, study abroad, over 300 student organizations and more, the faculty and staff of NIU work hard to provide you with life-changing opportunities. Because of the close learning relationships students form with faculty and staff, it’s an approach that ultimately results in career success when they leave our campus.

Housing Options & Campus Safety

Students can choose from a range of on- and off- campus living options, designed to suit your lifestyle and maximize your educational and social experiences. NIU's residence halls house over 5,000 NIU students each year. Living on campus provides many opportunities to meet people from different cultures, countries, and ethnic backgrounds.

NIU is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy campus for its students. We offer many services designed to help you stay safe. For example, the Huskie Safe Line is a shuttle service during late night hours after the Huskie Bus Line stops running. This free service is available to NIU students, faculty, and staff as well as community members with disabilities. Student safety is our focus.

Accreditation and Affiliation

Accreditations

An NIU education is nationally recognized in quality, nationally ranked in value and aimed at providing you with personal, career and life success.

Nationally Accredited University: Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation by the HLC is one way NIU publicly demonstrates its commitment to quality and willingness to be held externally accountable to those the university serves.

Nationally Accredited Programs: NIU is accredited in business, engineering, nursing, visual and performing arts, and all teacher certification programs (among others), for meeting the highest standards of academic quality and rigor.

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

  • Top Public Schools: NIU ranks in the top 125
  • Top National Universities: NIU ranks in the top 200
  • Best Business Schools 2016: NIU's College of Business is nationally recognized in academic and industry circles for its teaching, research, and public service. Its undergraduate program ranks in the top quarter (24%) of best business schools out of nearly 550 eligible AACSB accredited business programs. Less than 4 percent of business colleges worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation, the highest credential of excellence for business programs
  • Best Colleges 2016: NIU ranks in the top 50 for its Undergraduate Engineering Program. In the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, the undergraduate programs in electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). In the technology program, the emphases in electrical engineering technology and manufacturing engineering technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, and the emphasis in industrial management and technology is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
  • Top Universities Awarding American Chemical Society (ACS) ACS-certified Bachelor’s Degrees. NIU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ranks among the top universities for the number of ACS-certified bachelor’s degrees awarded.
  • Within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the programs in art, music, and theatre arts are accredited, respectively, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

The Academic Year

The academic year consists of two semesters of approximately 16 weeks each, and an optional summer session. New international students can choose to start at NIU in either the Fall/August or Spring/January semester.

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Bachelor of Science in Accountancy

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA DeKalb

NIU's Bachelor of Science in Accountancy program provides essential study in accounting. To prepare you for the many opportunities that will be open to you in the fast-paced world of business, the Department of Accountancy offers you [+]

NIU's Bachelor of Science in Accountancy program provides essential study in accounting. To prepare you for the many opportunities that will be open to you in the fast-paced world of business, the Department of Accountancy offers you: Solid Accounting Foundation Combined with a Broad-based General Education Technical Competence Effective Problem-Solving Effective Communication Ethical Accounting Professional Values Excellent Job Placement Accountancy Career Fair Exclusively for Accounting Majors Internship Program Career Services for Our Students & Our Alumni Professional Full-time Faculty Teaching All 300- & 400-level Courses NIU's Accountancy faculty are nationally known for their excellence in teaching, research, and public service. All have terminal degrees in their fields and have one or more professional certificates. Career Planning Accounting Career Planning Seminar (ACCY 370) Accounting Career Skills Seminar (ACCY 470) Endorsed Internal Audit Certificate This certificate may be earned upon completion of specific courses while also completing either our undergraduate or graduate accountancy program. NIU is a member of The Institute of Internal Auditor's (IIA) Internal Auditing Education Partnership. [-]

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA DeKalb

The program prepares students for employment in a variety of biological areas in government, education, and industry, for entrance into graduate study in a biological discipline, and for professional schools such as medical, dental, podiatric medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy. [+]

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a major leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree. The program prepares students for employment in a variety of biological areas in government, education, and industry, for entrance into graduate study in a biological discipline, and for professional schools such as medical, dental, podiatric medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy. With some additional course work and student teaching, students may also be certified to teach at the middle school and high school levels (Biology and General Science). Courses in Department Please note corequisite information in courses below. BIOS 208 - Fundamentals of Cellular Biology Credits: 3 AND BIOS 210 - Fundamentals of Cellular Biology Laboratory Credits: 1 BIOS 209 - Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Credits: 3 AND BIOS 211 - Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory Credits: 1 BIOS 308 - Genetics Credits: 5 BIOS 494 - Biology Senior Assessment Credits: 1 Electives from biological sciences courses at the 300 or 400 level (32) Biology electives Biology electives are offered in four primary areas of departmental specialization and include: 1) Biomedical Pre-Professional 2) Cell and Molecular Biotechnology 3) Microbiology 4) Biodiversity: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Students should consult with the departmental advisor for assistance in selecting the appropriate sequence of courses within one of these fields of study. Lists of biology upper level elective courses that are particularly relevant for each of the tracks are available in the Department of Biological Sciences office and website. Recommendation Many graduate programs in the biological sciences, such as... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA DeKalb

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a B.S. degree in electrical engineering which will equip students with basic competence and job skills needed to design, develop, and operate systems which generate and use electronic signals. These technologies include machinery, electronics, communications, and computers. [+]

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a B.S. degree in electrical engineering which will equip students with basic competence and job skills needed to design, develop, and operate systems which generate and use electronic signals. These technologies include machinery, electronics, communications, and computers. As a profession, electrical engineering demands the individual to work with others in supporting disciplines to achieve common goals. Design is central to the profession and is integrated throughout the curriculum. The design experience is supported by concepts related to reliability, maintainability, and product value. The student is encouraged to approach central technical issues with increased awareness of logistical, ethical, and social implications. Respect for the safety of persons and property is integral to the electrical engineering curriculum. Emphasis 1: Electrical and Computer Engineering This emphasis is a combination of electrical engineering and computer science courses. Computer engineering provides students with additional training in the areas of software design and hardware-software integration. Common computer engineering tasks include writing embedded software for real-time microcontrollers, designing VLSI chips, working with analog sensors, designing mixed signal circuit boards and designing operation systems. Emphasis 2: Biomedical Engineering This emphasis involved the application of engineering principles and techniques within the medical fields. biomedical engineers in the job market are working closely with physicians to help improve patient care and the quality of life for healthy individuals. Biomedical engineers develop and manufacture biocompatible prostheses, medical devices, diagnostic devices and imaging equipment, such as MRIs and EEGs, and create pharmaceutical drugs. Students in the... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA DeKalb

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers an upper-division curriculum which leads to a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. The curriculum is based on a strong foundation of fundamental courses in the pure sciences and engineering, and professional courses in mechanical engineering. [+]

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers an upper-division curriculum which leads to a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. The curriculum is based on a strong foundation of fundamental courses in the pure sciences and engineering, and professional courses in mechanical engineering. The curriculum also provides a background in the design, analysis, development, and applications of both complete mechanical systems and a wide variety of individual system components in many different fields. The B.S. degree program offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering encompasses many areas, such as solid mechanics, dynamics and controls, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, energy conversion, and manufacturing. This background is strengthened and integrated through application in a sequence of broad engineering design and laboratory courses. The department has significant equipment for experimental investigations. Computers are used extensively throughout the curriculum, with emphasis on interactive computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, and simulation of engineering systems. The Cooperative Education/Internship Program is also available to qualified students. Emphasis 1: Advanced Computing and Simulation Students will learn how to simulate reality within a computer generated environment that simulates 3D reality which is achieved by using visual and auditory stimuli with which someone can interact to affect what happens in the simulation. Students use a computer game that simulates the real acidity of the "Formula Car" to improve quality of the vehicle during competition. The understanding and construction of mathematical models to create such a virtual reality is an essential component of computational methodology. The department also offers an integrated... [-]

Bachelor or Science in Economics

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA DeKalb

Students with an interest in helping to solve society’s problems and students with an interest in business will enjoy economics as a major. Economics is the only social science with its own permanent federal government agency (Council of Economic Advisors) and it is the only social science in which a Nobel Prize is awarded. [+]

Economics is an interesting and rewarding social science that studies how decisions are made to allocate scarce resources. Economics deals with important current issues by focusing on the way that individuals, businesses, and governments make choices when faced with limited budgets. Economic issues, such as unemployment, growth, pollution, and international competition, fill newspapers and pervade politics. The field of economics also deals with personal issues such as wage rates, the cost of living, and taxes. Students with an interest in helping to solve society’s problems and students with an interest in business will enjoy economics as a major. Economics is the only social science with its own permanent federal government agency (Council of Economic Advisors) and it is the only social science in which a Nobel Prize is awarded. An economics major opens up many career options. Students who major in economics possess skills that are highly valued in today’s job market. PAYSCALE surveys have consistently placed Economics in the top 20 of majors with respect to mid career salaries, that is 15 years later. Employers often favor economics majors because these students have been through a rigorous and analytical educational program. The NIU Department of Economics can provide you with additional information about the employment of our recent graduates. A degree in economics is a valuable credential when applying for graduate schools in law, business, or public policy. While it is possible to major in a variety of subjects before applying to graduate school in these areas, students will... [-]

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Bachelor of Fine Arts

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA DeKalb

Viewed within the context of a vital liberal arts education, the primary goal of our program is to prepare actors, designers, technicians and dancers for professional careers in their chosen field. We recruit students who are willing to take chances, demonstrate initiative and be responsible for their own depth of immersion in our training. We are interested in students who want to explore an art form that will require a lifetime of dedication. [+]

Viewed within the context of a vital liberal arts education, the primary goal of our program is to prepare actors, designers, technicians and dancers for professional careers in their chosen field. We recruit students who are willing to take chances, demonstrate initiative and be responsible for their own depth of immersion in our training. We are interested in students who want to explore an art form that will require a lifetime of dedication. Bachelor of Fine Arts Emphasis - Acting All students are accepted by successful completion of an audition and interview to begin the program and are evaluated yearly to retain their position. This program offers intensive training with a personalized approach aimed at ensuring that graduates are prepared for the artistic and business demands of an acting career. During the first two years, students study different facets of the theatre including acting, theatre history, script analysis, dance, mask work, and theatre design and technology. Many of the university's general education requirements are completed during this period as well. The second semester of the freshmen year students start the professional block of training in movement, voice and acting. Training and coursework for the acting emphasis is Meisner-based and in-depth for all four years. Coursework includes on-camera acting for film and television and classes in voice-over, cold reading and audition techniques. Shakespeare and comedy of manners, dialects, stage combat, contemporary and period plays, musical theatre and on-camera techniques are also offered. At the end of the senior year, successful students... [-]

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1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.,
DeKalb, Illinois, 60115 US