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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  • Temple Grandin is a best-selling author and internationally acclaimed speaker on autism. Grandin was one of the first people to publicly share her insights into autism from an insider’s perspective. She is a prominent author and speaker on autism, and has published multiple books on the subject. Grandin also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal ...

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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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  • Educate Global, part of the NIU College of Education’s experiential Educate and Engage Program, sent 37 teacher-candidates to Asia during the summer. They taught English to students at China’s Beijing Royal School and Taiwan’s Miaoli County Government Education Bureau Schools, gaining hands-on experience in teaching, and co-teaching, in an unfamiliar setting and through a language barrier. The onc...

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  • This year, our #GivingTuesday focus is 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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  • Christy is a Chicago and Puerto Rico native who loves working with students in the city. Because of the shared background, she really connects with the students with whom she works. “I remember wishing that I had someone to guide me every step of the way through the enrollment process. I have a passion for working with all students, but I really have a deep connection with first generational stude...

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  • Brittany is a Lisle, IL native and NIU alumna. Brittany received her bachelor's degree in English, and her master's degree in College Student Personnel Administration. Brittany's involvement at NIU led her to pursue a career in higher education, as well as meeting her husband who also attended NIU! She loves that NIU provides so many opportunities for involvement as well as a strong support system...

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  • Ted is a Palatine, Illinois native with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and his Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education. Ted’s involvement as a student as a Northern Ambassador, Orientation Leader, Peer Instructor and Public Safety intern helped him find his career passion – helping students with their transition to college!

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