Northern Illinois University is on a 650-acre campus in the small town setting of De Kalb, Illinois, not far from Chicago.
There are many activities and organizations for Northern Illinois University students to join – including band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
Interested in Greek life? Northern Illinois University has fraternities and sororities.
Northern Illinois University has the American Marketing Association. In fact, more students participate in the 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.
Northern Illinois University students' favorite campus traditions are Homecoming, NIU Cares Day and Welcome Day.
This table offers information on housing at Northern Illinois University.
|On-Campus Housing||Yes||Required for freshman|
|Guaranteed Housing||Yes||Priortiy given to freshman|
|Co-ed Housing Available||Yes|
|Housing for Students with Disabilities||No|
|Percentage of Students Living On-Campus||––||31%|
|Spots Available in On-Campus Housing||––||4,459|
|Number of Students Living On-Campus||––||3,666|
|Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus||––||69%|
Northern Illinois University offers on-campus housing. 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 2022, 31% of undergrads at Northern Illinois University lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 69% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Northern Illinois University. There are 4,459 spots available in on-campus housing for all 11,834 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 3,666 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 55% 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|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Golf||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Swimming And Diving||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 OHare International airport.
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