Northern Illinois University (NIU) is one of the nation's premier regional public universities. It is a member of the nation’s most prestigious public university association: the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

The University has the following degree-granting colleges: College of Business; College of Education; College of Engineering and Engineering Technology; College of Health and Human Sciences; College of Law; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Northern Illinois University is ranked in the "Research Universities - High Research Activity" category by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the NCA.


- Northern Illinois University is placed in the Tier 2 of National Universities by U.S. News & World Report (2011).

- 99th in the US News ranking of Best Graduate Schools in Clinical Psychology (2009).

- The graduate program in Public Administration (MPA) was ranked 40th in the nation (USNWR 2008).

- The College of Business was ranked 65th in BusinessWeek’s 2007 ranking of best undergraduate business programs in the country.

- The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was listed in the American Chemical Society's trade journal Chemical & Engineering News as one of the top 25 producers of ACS-certified Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry in the United States (2005).

- The Accountancy program is placed in the top 25 out of 450 programs nationwide (US News 2006 edition).

- Northern Illinois University is ranked in the Top 10 for Undergraduate Accounting Programs (CPA Personnel Report's 23rd Annual Professor's Survey).

- Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine consistently ranks NIU in the top 100 institutions nationwide graduating minority students.

* Suggested Reading: List of Universities and Colleges in Illinois

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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