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Here, we dream. Of a better way...

... of a better world.


Northern Illinois University faculty and students dream. We challenge ourselves to ask questions, discover answers and create fresh solutions.

And then we do. We turn learning into action. Our students fulfill a century-long tradition when they become teachers, nurses, doctors, scientists, professors, judges, lawmakers, engineers, entrepreneurs, musicians, actors and much more. Together we impact Chicagoland – and the world beyond. Our alumni are found in all walks of life. One of every four Illinois school superintendents holds an NIU degree. One of every three Illinois city managers graduated from our esteemed public administration program. More than 50 sitting judges studied law at NIU. We boast seven colleges, numerous schools and departments, a multitude of highly accredited academic programs, including over 20 areas of study leading to doctoral degrees, and nationally ranked programs. This is where dreamers become doers. Discover NIU.

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• For more than a decade, U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the NIU College of Business among the best business colleges in the country. • Professors nationwide have ranked NIU’s accountancy program among the top 20 for more than two decades, often in the top 10. • U.S. News & World Report ranks NIU’s Master of Public Administration program third nationally in the specialty field of city management and urban policy. • NIU nursing students consistently achieve among the highest pass rates in the country on the national nursing licensure examination. • The NIU Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is one of the largest foreign language departments in the country, offering instruction in 14 languages, including Burmese, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Russian, Tagalog and Thai.


Focused academic programs, centers and institutes at NIU increasingly cut across disciplines, bringing together top faculty and student researchers whose collaborations tackle some of our world’s most pressing challenges.

NIU is a Carnegie Research University (high research activity). The university also is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the elite Universities Research Association.

Top NIU Centers and Institutes Center for Southeast Asian Studies Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy Center for Non-Governmental Organization, Leadership and Development Center for Biochemical and Biophysical Studies Northern Illinois Proton Treatment & Research Center Institute for Neutron Therapy at Fermilab (one of only two in the U.S.) Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault Family Health, Wellness and Literacy Center Institute for NanoScience, Engineering and Technology Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development Center for Child Welfare and Education Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic Public Opinion Laboratory Center for Governmental Studies Regional Development Institute Center for P-20 Engagement

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Cancer research. Global warming. High energy physics. NIU scientists conduct research in these areas. So do our undergraduates. At NIU, we emphasize engaged learning. Our students intern throughout our vibrant Chicago region. Law students gain practical experience assisting real clients at a university-run clinic. Business and engineering students obtain real-world experience working as “consultants” for corporations such as John Deere, McDonald’s and Walmart. Our students work alongside scientists at two nearby prestigious federal labs, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory. Many travel the globe to conduct their research, ranging from globalwarming in Antarctica to accelerator physics at the CERN research facility near Geneva, Switzerland.

It’s all part of the NIU philosophy: Students learn best by doing – and by discovering their own talents along the way.

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For undergraduates, in particular, we nurture research opportunities through special programs that pair students with faculty mentors, from world-renowned archaeologists to award-winning chemists.


• NIU is building a 175-mile fiber optic loop that promotes research and regional economic development efforts through its ultra-fast communication network. • NIU secured a grant of $21 million from the Federal Communications Commission to start the Illinois Rural Health Network, which will provide state-of-the-art connectivity between rural health facilities and world-class hospitals. • NIU is taking STEM directly to the schools through traveling science demonstrations and summer science camps, including programs designed to increase female and minority interest in STEM careers. NIU commits its intellectual and technological resources for the greater good, from education and health care to communication and commerce. We’re enhancing teacher quality in P-12 schools and boosting STEM skills and interests among children in our region. We’re bringing nextgeneration communication technology to health care providers and municipalities statewide. We’re testing the hearing of every local newborn. We’re helping manufacturers meet 21st century demands. At NIU, we know achieving the dream of a better tomorrow requires working as a team with our community partners.

T H E GRE A TER GOOD

• The NIU Rapid Optimization of Commercial Knowledge Program (NIU-ROCK) is helping to revitalize the economy of Rockford, the state’s third largest city, by assisting companies in the development of new manufacturing technologies. The program has received more than $18 million in federal funding.

When NIU joined the elite group of U.S. institutions that enjoy the Carnegie Foundation’s prestigious “community engaged universities” classification, it confirmed to the nation what our community has known for years.


Our faculty are internationally celebrated teachers, scientists and artists. They win national and international accolades, and more than 30 have been named Fulbright Scholars.

They earn headlines with their discoveries, publish articles, edit journals, write books and perform on stage. They also guide students on adventures in the classroom and around the world, engaging them in the practice of asking questions, searching for answers, analyzing data and documenting results. • Anthropologist Dan Gebo led a research team that discovered the fossils of 45-million-year-old, thumb-length primates in China, a find that made front-page headlines worldwide. • Geologist Ross Powell is co-chief scientist of the $30 million international Antarctic Geological Drilling (ANDRILL) Program, which is providing information vital to predicting how ice sheets and sea levels will respond to projected warmer temperatures. • Chemist Narayan S. Hosmane, a recipient of Germany’s Humboldt Research Award for senior scientists, is among the world’s leading researchers in boron chemistry, which has a wide range of potential applications, including cancer treatment.

• Pam Smith, the KPMG Professor of Accountancy at NIU’s College of Business, is a recipient of the 2009 American Accounting Association Innovation in Accounting Education Award, the most prestigious accolade of its kind. • Fareed Haque, a professor of jazz and classical guitar, was named “Best World Guitarist” in the May 2009 issue of Guitar Player magazine. • Historian Heide Fehrenbach, a Guggenheim Fellow, is internationally recognized for her research into the social and cultural effects of World War II on Germany and other nations. • The research of archaeologist Winifred Creamer is helping to shed light on the origins of civilization in the Americas and has made headlines worldwide.

• Physicist Gerald Blazey served as co-spokesperson for the DZero proton antiproton experiment at Fermilab, one of the world’s premier research efforts in particle physics.

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NIU provides a living and learning environment that guarantees the kinds of

New and remodeled residence halls. Division I athletics. A 10,000-seat arena presenting top entertainers. A Student Recreation Center with 125,000 square feet of play and workout space. Expanded Wi-Fi access. A Fortune 500-worthy facility for the College of Business. • NIU will open a new residence hall complex in the fall of 2012. Primarily for new students, it will reflect 21st century expectations by offering students a greater level of independence and privacy. • NIU is renovating current residence halls to include food courts and coffee shops. • The Yordon Center, opened in 2007, provides Huskie student-athletes with 62,000 square feet of state-of-the-art support for academics and physical training.

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transformational experiences we’re known for.


NIU boasts more than 220,000 alumni. We couldn’t be more proud of them. Left to right: Joan Allen ’89 Joe Peterson ’10 Larry English ’08 Robert Katz ’87 Kristen Brown Gates ’03 Thomas Near ’93 Hon. Gloria Coco ’78

NIU alums make up the fabric of the Chicago region, while others are found in positions of influence across the country and around the world. Together they bear witness to the power of NIU and to a time-tested formula for success: Dream. Discover. Do. • Joan Allen, Oscar-nominated actress • J. Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives • Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, founder of the Daily Kos

• Thomas R. Karl, director of the National Climatic Data Center; shared in Nobel Peace Prize as a leader of United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

• Mark Brown, columnist, Chicago Sun-Times

• Robert Katz, Hollywood producer whose film credits include Crash, winner of the 2006 Oscar for Best Picture

• Dan Castellaneta, Emmy Award-winning actor, voice of Homer Simpson

• Anies Rasyid Baswedan, president of Paramadina University in Jakarta, Indonesia

• Michael Turner, running back, Atlanta Falcons

• John Sall, co-founder and executive vice president of the SAS Institute, the world’s largest privately owned software company

• Paul Sereno, paleontologist, University of Chicago

• The Honorable Patricia Martin, presiding judge in the Child Protection Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County • Tim Bennett, past president of Harpo, Inc. • Ned Colletti, general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers • Kristina A. Valaitis, executive director of the Illinois Humanities Council • Thomas J. Near, biologist, Yale University

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• Manuel “Manny” Sanchez, founding partner of Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman, one of the largest minorityowned law firms in the United States


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The power of education...the power of NIU.


Northern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, status based on the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. Further, the Constitution and Bylaws of Northern Illinois University provides for equal treatment regardless of political views or affiliation, and sexual orientation. Printed by authority of the State of Illinois. www.niu.edu 8/10 10M 49531


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