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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
  • Ariya from Chicago, IL
  • Aug-28-2015 I am a past student here

    The food is very good for an dining hall a lot of options to choose from and also there's a lot of restaurants to choose from and if you choose not to eat at the dinning.

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  • 5
  • Alex from DeKalb, IL
  • Jul-01-2015 I am a current student here

    Not your mom's cooking or a five star restaurateur, but easily the best food with a lot of variety for living on a budget

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  • 4
  • Alexis from Chicago, IL
  • Jun-18-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    NIU has many options to get food so you wont get tired of eating the same foods all the time. They also maintain a clean environment within residence halls. Moreover, you can use huskie bucks to get outside food for times you get tired of cafeteria food.

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  • 3
  • Amia from Chicago, IL
  • May-23-2015 I am a current student here

    Honestly, the food could be better. Take advantage of the home styled meals rather than the fried foods, it'll make you fell a lot better. Dining halls are offered at 4 out of 5 of the dorms, you're allowed to eat anywhere, despite where you live. You also have access to either dinning hall, even if you don't live on campus, if you have a meal plan.

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  • 3
  • Alexis from Lake Villa, IL
  • Dec-29-2014 I am a current student here

    Of course dorm food is well, dorm food. Don't expect a gourmet meal every time you go to the dining hall but also keep in mind that the campus has experience with properly feeding large amounts of students. I had an unlimited meal plan which meant I could go eat whenever I wanted to and stay however long I wanted to be there. The hours worked well because it was open first thing in the morning before I had to leave for class and it was open until 11pm most nights (except for weekends). Even when the dining halls are closed there are plenty of on campus and close-to-campus options for food. Many places around campus will even deliver directly to the dorms with the option to use your huskie-bucks as payment.

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  • 3
  • CJanae
  • Nov-29-2014 I am a current student here

    The food on campus is OK but would be even better if they switched things up. As a student here I get tired of going to eat the same things everyday. There comes a time when your body gets so immune to the food that eating something different may mess up your stomach. Diets change and that may be hazardous to people health. It could be way better than it actually is.

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  • 4
  • Emma from Wisconsin
  • Nov-13-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is good. Obviously not everything is a winner-- it is still cafeteria style food-- but for the most part the quality and taste of the food is pretty decent. You can choose your level of quality too. Going the New Hall or Gilbert will result in better quality. Neptune or Stevenson, less so.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Alex from DeKalb, IL
  • Jul-01-2015 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is dominant around campus. One in every ten students will be wearing letters on any given day. With four different councils, (including social, academic, and service fraternities/sororities) there is something for everyone at NIU!

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  • 0
  • Alexis from Chicago, IL
  • Jun-18-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Greek life is interesting but not for everybody. You have to be really dedicated and have a good sense of balance/time management. They turn up! Their parties are known to be pretty wild so be careful. Take precaution and take responsibility for your actions.

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  • 0
  • Alexis from Lake Villa, IL
  • Dec-29-2014 I am a current student here

    I highly recommend Greek Life for incoming students. This was a great way for me to get to know a whole community on campus, make friends, and always have something to do during the week and weekends. Greek Life is NOT about partying, it is about making connections for your future. Many times Greek Life has gotten a bad reputation because of Frat-boy movies and Legally Blonde. Don't let someone else make that decision for you, go through the recruitment process even if you don't think its for you. I was the oldest girl in my recruitment group yet I managed to make at least 20 friends the first day! The experience as a whole was the most effective way I made friends and got involved when coming to Northern.

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  • 0
  • CJanae
  • Nov-29-2014 I am a current student here

    The Greek life here is amazing. I am considering joining the AKA's next semester. My councilor really thinks I should. These sororities and fraternities are non hazing environments so you should feel comfortable trying to be a part of the life of Greeks.

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  • 0
  • Emma from Wisconsin
  • Nov-13-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is HUGE here. So many fraternities! So many sororities! There are service fraternities and sororities, honors Greek houses, academic Greek houses, really the list goes on. There is Greek life everywhere, so don't stress about not finding the right house for you.

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  • 0
  • Rashad from Dolton, IL
  • Nov-05-2014 I am a current student here

    The Greek life here is one of the best parts on having fun but every frat talks down on each other so it's not as big as any other school with Greek life.

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  • 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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