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Northern Illinois University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized 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
  • Emily from Illinois
  • 3
  • Some of the dorms are nicer than the others. It honestly just depends what you prefer and how much you're willing to spend. When it comes to the social aspects…

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  • 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.…

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  • 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…

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  • Rehtse
  • 4
  • Dorm life is pretty cool, but make sure you call it a residence hall! There is a big campaign from the RHA (residence hall association) to make everything seem nicer,…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Alexandra
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Never tried the food because I'm not a student there yet. Therefore, I cannot accurately review

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  • 5
  • Katie
  • I am a current student here

    A variety of different options to choose from.

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  • 5
  • Angel from Chicago, IL
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    There is nothing like dining in a hall with all your favorite foods. Its amazing how Northern has so many different food choices in their dining halls to choose from!

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  • 3
  • Sarah from Kirkland, IL
  • I am a past student here

    Campus has your standard cafeteria in the main building. The DeKalb/Sycamore area has the standard Applebees, McDonalds, etc. just a bus ride away. Nothing to crow about, but nothing too bad. If you haven't tried it, I would suggest local diners like Flappy's for breakfast (amazing breakfast paninis!).

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  • 4
  • Emily from Illinois
  • I am a past student here

    The food was pretty good for college dining. There's lots of different options, so that's a plus. If you don't like the food in one dining hall, there's plenty of others across campus for you to try. Not to mention, a lot of the dining halls are open pretty late.There's also several little cafes and a subway on campus if you want to grab a bite on the go. Plenty of places also deliver to the dorms.

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  • 5
  • Daniel from Newark, IL
  • I am a current student here

    Theres always something different going to the dining halls, and if you don't like what they're serving in one you can always visit another. With a meal plan, you have access to any of the on-campus dining halls.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Katie
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is great here. I myself am apart of a sorority and love the unity it brings to my life.

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  • 0
  • Sarah from Kirkland, IL
  • I am a past student here

    I have not belonged to any Greek organizations, but I've lived near them. They are VERY active (sometime too much so) during the school. Just like any other Greek life houses, they are good and bad ones. Take them with a block of salt.

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  • 0
  • Emily from Illinois
  • I am a past student here

    Greek Life literally rules NIU's campus. The first week of classes there's a ton of "Meet The Greeks" events; as well as, posters, stuff written on the sidewalk, and flyers being passed out. When it comes to the social life on campus, everything is run by the Greek system. If you're going to a party, it's at Greek party. That's all there is, so if that's what you're looking for, then you're set! Definitely a very Greek friendly campus.

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  • 0
  • Rehtse
  • I am a current student here

    I don't know too much about Greek life, but there are a lot of people who are involved in some sort of fraternity or sorority. There are different options for service or social fraternities. There are also some co-ed fraternities. There are a lot of opportunities.

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  • 0
  • Alex from DeKalb, IL
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • CJanae
  • 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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