Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a public research university in DeKalb, Illinois, United States, with satellite centers in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Rockford, and Oregon. It was founded as Northern Illinois State Normal School on May 22, 1895, by Illinois Governor John P. Altgeld as part of an expansion of the state's system for producing college-educated teachers. Douglas Baker was named the university's twelfth president in May 2013.

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Northern Illinois University
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  • Tedra is a Sterling, IL native and an alumna of NIU. She has worked in higher education for close to a decade and is passionate about the learning process and providing students access to higher education. It was through her experiential learning opportunities on campus that she was able to find her passion. Tedra received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and her master’s degree in Organizati...

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  • Alexis es un nativo de Chicago pero ha hecho DeKalb su nuevo hogar. Él es un alumno de NIU que recibió su licenciatura en Servicios de Rehabilitación con énfasis en Terapia Ocupacional. Su pasión por ayudar a los estudiantes a navegar a través del proceso de admisión comenzó a través de su empleo como trabajador estudiantil en la oficina de admisiones. Alexis es uno de nuestros consejeros bilingüe...

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  • Why choose NIU? First and foremost, we offer high quality academic programs. You can choose from more than 100 courses of study, from STEM fields to the visual and performing arts-with so much in between. Other reasons students choose NIU include affordability, scholarship opportunities, engaged learning experiences, caring and knowledgeable faculty, NCAA Division I Athletics, more than 300 studen...

Northern Illinois University
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Northern Illinois University
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  • Nearly 84% of NIU students receive some form of financial aid. There has never been a greater time for us to come together and show our commitment to them. Scholarships can do more than just help students cover the cost of tuition. They can give students new-found confidence in themselves, inspire students to work harder and dream bigger and provide opportunities and experiences students never kne...

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  • This year, our #GivingTuesday focus was on raising funds for student scholarships, a cause that is very important to NIU’s acting president Lisa Freeman and her husband, Dr. Doug Rose. Recently, Dr. Freeman announced that she and her husband are making a $25,000 gift to support student scholarships. Her announcement came during her State of the University Address, when she said, “We believe in the...

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