Northern Illinois University
- Total Students 15649
- Total Programs 365
- Established year1895
- Institution TypeUniversity
Northern Illinois University
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.
Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
NIU is included in the Research Universities – High Research Activity category of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
The university and its colleges have institutional membership or other affiliations in or with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Council on Education, Association of State Colleges and Universities, Council of Graduate Schools, and Universities Research Association.
The university is also fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education to offer teacher education programs and offers several teacher certification programs which are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Vision and Mission
Northern Illinois University's vision is to be an engine for innovation to advance social mobility; promote personal, professional and intellectual growth; and transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach.
The mission of Northern Illinois University is to empower students through educational excellence and experiential learning as we pursue knowledge, share our research and artistry, and engage communities for the benefit of the region, state, nation and world.
In pursuing our vision and fulfilling our mission, we value and practice:
Curiosity and creativity.
We provide our students active learning experiences.
We champion innovation.
We commit our resources to supporting students, faculty and staff in their research, artistry and professional development.
Equity and inclusion.
We seek and are strengthened by the diverse perspectives and experiences of our university community members.
We use an inclusive decision-making process.
We appreciate and respect every member of our community.
Ethics and integrity.
We prepare our students to become global leaders who work to build a better society.
We model ethical behavior in and out of the classroom. We are transparent and accountable to our stakeholders. Service and stewardship.
We serve society and confront local, national and global challenges through collaborations that improve our learning, teaching and research.
We make accessible the knowledge and resources we create. We promote our students' success through advising and mentoring.