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Northern Illinois University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 2,027 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 42 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

52% Women
48% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Mid-American Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $151,346)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $71,337)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined - 101 Yes -
Baseball 34 - Yes -
Basketball 15 22 - Yes
Football 117 - - -
Golf 11 12 - Yes
Gymnastics - 20 - -
Soccer 31 29 Yes Yes
Softball - 19 - Yes
Tennis 6 9 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 23 Yes Yes
Wrestling 31 - - -
Badminton - - - Yes
Bowling - - - Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - - Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes Yes
Rugby - - Yes -
Swimming and Diving - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5.3%
Black/non-Hispanic 11.2%
Hispanic 7.3%
Non-resident alien 3.6%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 5.1%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 67.0%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 4
Drug Law Violation 60
Liquor Law Violation 46
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 5
Property Crime 15

Notable Alumni

  • Dan Castellaneta [Class of 79], Emmy Award winning voice of Homer Simpson
  • Dennis Hastert [Class of 67], Former Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • Paul Sereno [Class of 79], World famous paleontologist who discovered the Carcharodontosaurus, the largest dinosaur known to man.
  • Steve Harris [Class of 89], Emmy nominated star of The Practice and The Rock
  • Joan Allen [Class of 89], Academy Award nominated actress who has starred in films such as The Contender, and Nixon
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Ashley from Streamwood, IL
  • 3
  • niu does not call the rooms 'dorms.' instead they are called residence halls. niu's important aspect to them is the sense of community. residence advisors? we call them community advisors.…

  • Feb-03-2012 Read More
  • Esha
  • 4
  • Speaking from my personal experience, im glad that the dorms were a requirement for freshmen. It was a great way to meet new people and also get used to the…

  • Jul-10-2012 Read More
  • Monique from Maywood, IL
  • 3
  • Dorm life is so exciting and fun. If you are a girl i advise you to live on a coed floor because girls are surprisingly dirty and full of drama.…

  • Jul-18-2012 Read More
  • Amanda from Homer Glen, IL
  • 4
  • With the new dorms being there, that would be the best living arrangement. The dorms are just how you imagine and the people are extremely friendly!…

  • Jul-20-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Mykal from Lyons, IL
  • Oct-07-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is decent in the dorms, but the local eats are where you need to go for a good meal.

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  • 4
  • Micah from Plano, IL
  • May-19-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is pretty good. They have a nice varitety and they have just about whatever your in the mood for. They also have well known food places located conveniently around campus such as Sharks, Jersey Mike's, and McDonalds.

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  • 4
  • Ray from Kingston, IL
  • Apr-13-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is good, but since I do not live here I do not know what it is like to eat it every day.

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  • 5
  • Miguel
  • Mar-23-2014 I am a current student here

    Dining is alright on campus. There is a variety of choices to make on what to eat for the day. Although, once you have tried everything the food loses its taste because you have it like everyday but there are restaurants where anyone can go and it is at a walking distance. Even in the cold there are delivery services which helps out in the winter when no one wants to go walk all the way to pick some food up or eat.

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  • 4
  • Jessica from Watseka, IL
  • Feb-21-2014 I am a current student here

    Four out of five on-campus residence halls offer dining services. They each have great service hours and always have a good menu. There are a variety of options for meals plans to fit anyone's liking. They are all open to students looking for an on-campus job and look great on a resume.

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  • 3
  • Allison from Madison, WI
  • Feb-05-2014 I am a current student here

    The food isn't bad, well it could use a little more flavor and less preservatives, but the main thing that gets me is the lack of variety. It's the same thing at the dining halls practically every day, burger, pizza, fries, and there is little variety to it. If you like those foods, great, if not well go with the cheapest meal plan.

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  • 5
  • Remy from Dekalb, IL
  • Feb-02-2014 I am a current student here

    Food and dining here at Northern is pretty good. Although I do not stay in the dorms I have the opportunity to use my everyday Visa Card. The service is great and the scenery is even better.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Mykal from Lyons, IL
  • Oct-07-2014 I am a current student here

    I don't recommend unless you were already in it, you would be putting in time and money you may not have at that point.

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  • 0
  • Remy from Dekalb, IL
  • Feb-02-2014 I am a current student here

    Although I am not part of any sorority, the Greek life seems to be pretty exciting looking from the outside in. They do not only throw parties, but they also host step shows for those who just like to watch like me.

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  • 0
  • Lily Graywolf
  • Dec-04-2013 I am a current student here

    I have know quite a few different people who were part of a fraternity here and they liked it a lot, people I know from other schools look down on our frats because the buildings are cheap, but they do the same activities here and students still have an academic life here. I live in an apartment near Greek row and it's usually quiet on a Sunday.

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  • 0
  • Martise from Crest Hill, IL
  • Sep-03-2013 I am a past student here

    I am not in a sorority but a lot of students at Northern are. If you are a person who is very family oriented and love working in a team Greek Life might be for you. You will become a family with the people you rush with and that is a great opportunity to not only meet people but do great things to put on your resume.

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  • 0
  • Mallory from Moline, IL
  • May-06-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is good for those who are interested. There's a rivalry between some Greeks and non-Greeks, but most people don't care. Greeks do a lot of activities on campus, but there's a lot of obligations if you decide to join a sorority or fraternity.

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