Attention high school juniors, seniors, prospective transfers and your families: Northern Illinois University invites you to see âthe new NIUâ at its upcoming Spring Open House on Friday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
NIU is experiencing a vibrant rebirth with its recent completion of a new residential complex in addition to a multi-million-dollar renovation of existing facilities, construction of a new intramural athletic field complex and new, state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls and computer labs that dramatically improve student life.
This fall, the newÂ NIU Outdoor Recreational Sports ComplexÂ andÂ Chessick Practice CenterÂ and two newly-renovated residence hallsÂ âÂ Gilbert HallÂ andÂ Grant North D TowerÂ â will come online after NIUâsÂ new residential complexÂ opened Â last year to rave reviews.
âThe open house is a perfect opportunity to explore not only whatâs new at NIU, but also the world of opportunity that awaits students in terms of academic and social development,â said Kimberley Buster-Williams, NIUâs acting associate vice president for enrollment management and director ofÂ undergraduate admissions. âWe invite students to our DeKalb campus to see for themselves NIUâs commitment to providing the best possible living and learning environment.â
Northern Illinois Universityâs seven colleges offerÂ 63 undergraduate majors and 69 minors, 73 different emphases and 78 graduate programs in 110 areas of study, including 20 doctoral-level programs.
NIU recently received a first tier national university ranking inÂ U.S. News & World Report, andÂ Washington Monthly rated NIUÂ as a Top 150 national pick in terms of social mobility, research and commitment to service.
The academic experience at Northern Illinois is enriched by opportunities for research, themed learning communities, internships and on-campus programs and activities that includeÂ Greek lifeÂ and theÂ University Honors Program.
Honors has seen strong growth recently, with 226 new freshmen enrolled this fall, its largest incoming class since 1987. Since fall 2010, the size of the program has grown from 861students to 1,083 students, a 25.7 percent increase, and the number of minority students has more than doubled (107 percent) from 122 students to 253 students.
NIUâs freshman enrollment was up three percentÂ over last year, and the strength of the universityâs fall freshman class is reflected not only in its numbers, but also grade point average and class rank. The percentage of students graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school class rose from 8.9 percent to 11.1 percent. Those graduating in the 25th percentile represent 32.7 percent of the freshman class compared to 29.4 percent a year ago. The mean GPA of the fall 2012 freshman class is 3.11, up from 3.06 in 2011.
âWe are continuing to attract more top high school students, provide significantly more academic scholarships and engage many more students in our honors program,âÂ NIU President John PetersÂ said of the universityâs vision. âAmong the regionâs employers and parents, the NIU degree is becoming the gold standard.â
Attendees can talk with faculty and students, admissions officers and student services representatives as well as participate in a campus bus tour, residence hall visits including the new residence hall complex and an academic/college resource fair.
Free open house parking is available in lot C-2 at the Convocation Center, where check-in will occur. Shuttle buses will provide transportation from the Convocation Center to campus.
Register atÂ openhouse.niu.edu, or call (815) 753-0446 or emailÂ email@example.comÂ for more information. To request disability related accommodations please call (815) 753-8464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 22.