Northern Illinois University is on a 650-acre campus in a small town setting in De Kalb, Illinois, not far from Chicago. Northern Illinois University has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
Northern Illinois University also has fraternities and sororities.
Northern Illinois University has a thriving American Marketing Association. In fact, more students participate in American Marketing Association than any other on-campus activity.
Other popular student organizations at Northern Illinois University include Delta Sigma Pi, Pi Sigma Epsilon, Black Choir and Student Volunteer Choir.
The Northern Illinois University community comes together each year for Homecoming, NIU Cares Day and Welcome Day.
Northern Illinois University offers housing for students. Students are required to live on campus through freshman year. First year students are given priority for on-campus housing.
Most Northern Illinois University students live off campus. In 2021, 20% of undergrads at Northern Illinois University lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 80% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Northern Illinois University. There are 4,459 spots available in on-campus housing for all 12,277 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 3,620 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 60% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.
Northern Illinois University offers coed housing.
At Northern Illinois University there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.
Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.
Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.
Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.
Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Northern Illinois University:
|Sport||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Swimming And Diving||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Golf||√||√||NCAA Division 1||Intercollegiate Club Teams||√||√|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Tennis||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.
Northern Illinois University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Northern Illinois University campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.
Northern Illinois University offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Northern Illinois University, take Interstate 88 to De Kalb, IL. If you need to fly, book your flight to O'Hare International airport.
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