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NIU sees surge in student interest

April 16, 2014


weve_got_thatOpenHouseNorthern Illinois University is anticipating a large turnout of prospective students and guests at its Spring Open House on Friday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the admissions office is seeking staff volunteers to help with the event.

“Due to the high student interest in NIU’s Spring Open House Friday, we need volunteers to assist for the morning check-in portion of the event at the Convocation Center,” says Kimberley Buster-Williams, acting associate vice president for enrollment management. “It’s a great opportunity to show your Huskie pride and welcome these prospective Huskies and their families as they consider joining our Northern family.”

Interest in NIU is on the rise as the university experiences a revitalized campus with its completion of new and recently renovated residential complexes in addition to a new outdoor recreation complex and state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls and technology labs that have enhanced the student experience.

“The open house is a perfect opportunity to explore not only what’s new at NIU but also a world of opportunity in terms of academic and social development,” Buster-Williams continues . “We invite students and families to DeKalb to see for themselves NIU’s commitment to providing the best possible living and learning environment.”

Northern Illinois University’s seven colleges offer 57 undergraduate majors and 71 minors, 85 different emphases and eight pre-professional programs in addition to 80 graduate programs with 54 specializations, including 20 doctoral-level programs.

NIU is a top 100 national public university, according U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly rated NIU as a Top 60 Best Bang-for-the-Buck College. In October, NIU was one of just 16 institutions designated as an “Innovation and Economic Prosperity University” by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU).

The academic experience at Northern Illinois is enriched by opportunities for research, themed learning communities, internships and on-campus programs and activities that include intramural sports and other clubs as well as the University Honors Program.

New freshmen increased for the second straight year in fall 2013, buoyed by another strong incoming honors class 217 new freshmen and 99 new transfers. The program boasts 1,039 enrolled students, and the class rank of new freshman averages in the 89th percentile with a 3.9 grade point average and average ACT score of 28.47.

“I am pleased with the increased interest in joining the NIU family and look forward to welcoming the many future Huskies Friday,” adds NIU President Doug Baker. “Coming to NIU is the first step in a life-changing journey filled with opportunity that empowers our students to be successful in their chosen path—whether it be in their personal lives, careers or in lifelong pursuit of education.”

Open house 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.

Information about applying for financial aid, choosing a major, housing and dining, the admissions process, NIU scholarships and the University Honors Program will also be available.

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 at, call (815) 753-0446 or email [email protected] for more information. To request disability related accommodations please call (815) 753-8304 or email [email protected]

Those NIU staff members interested in volunteering for the open house should contact Ted Campbell, assistant director – admissions visits and events, at 815-753-8304.