Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University first opened its doors as the Northern Illinois State Normal School in 1899 as a teachers' school. We have since grown into a world-class, research-focused public institution that attracts students from across Illinois, the country and the world.
Many people believe that university research is for faculty and graduate students. We know that undergraduate students have exciting ideas that are worth researching, and we're providing many opportunities for them to do so! Whether you are an incoming freshman, a senior or somewhere in between, you can benefit from exciting opportunities to perform research on campus, in the community and even in another country. You can choose to work alone, in groups or assist an instructor with a project.
The NIU Student Career Success Map is a student's guide to figuring out "what to do when" in order to complete their educational and career goals. The Student Career Success Map links the resources and support units of NIU into a roadmap for success!
The NIU faculty and staff serve as a compass for students to navigate their individual direction and provide the support required for students to fulfill their educational and career objectives. The Student Career Success Map will help students to move from dreaming about their future to planning for their future. Understanding how each stage on the map impacts success in the other stages, will assist students in reaching their goals.
Living on campus with our 3,500 other residents allows you to meet people from different cultures, countries and ethnic backgrounds who may become lifelong friends. You can also forge relationships with staff who are here to support you along your journey. Residence hall communities are where you can live with other students and socialize with others who share your academic and career interests. Partnerships with faculty and student support centers enable you to learn where you live.
The Northern Illinois University Libraries system consists of Founders Memorial Library (main library), and two branch libraries -- Faraday Library, and the Music Library. The Regional History Center/University Archives are located in Founders Memorial Library. The University Libraries contain over 2 million volumes.
NIU provides wireless network services for NIU students, faculty, staff and guests.
Northern Illinois University is committed to offering a high quality and comprehensive student health program for all NIU students. Our Health Services clinic offers a variety of options for helping students address their health needs ranging from check-ups and lab work to sick-visits and minor procedures.
NIU’s central campus consists of 756 acres. NIU's facilities include over 7.6 million gross square feet in 118 buildings, ranging from housing to specialized laboratories, recreation center facilities to high tech classrooms, playing fields to libraries.
NIU campus offers student services for dining, television, laundry, repairs and maintenance, mail, keys, cards and security and has res tech helpdesk. Allsow,The departments within Facilities Management and Campus Services, offers services for maintenance and reparation of the building, transportation and parking facilities.
All NIU Sport Clubs are student-run and open to all fee-paying students, faculty and staff. With more than 500 students actively participating, our clubs are not only a great way to stay active, but also a fantastic way to network, learn a new sport and gain leadership experience. NIU has plenty of clubs to participate in and learn more about sports, like baseball, dodgeball, tennis, lacrosse, ice hockey, cricket, bowling, softball, swimming, rugby and so on.
At NIU there are over 300 student organizations that are registered with the Student Association, located in the Campus Life Building, room 180. These groups are classified as academic interest and professional, community service, diversity and cultural, governing bodies, fraternity and sororities, honorary societies, political, military, programming and performing, recreational and sports, religious, and social, to name a few. All organizations have their own webpage within Huskie Link, NIU's student organization database. We encourage all students to log in to Huskie Link to view all organizations and what they have to offer.