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NIU cracks top 10 among Illinois colleges

March 20, 2017

A school that offers the opportunities of a large university while providing the personalized experience of a small college belongs on a Top 10 list.

That is why Northern Illinois University is ranked third among public colleges and universities in Illinois, and ninth overall on the College Choice list of the 25 Best Colleges in Illinois.

College Choice, an independent online publication that helps students select the right college, found a lot to like at NIU. They were impressed with the range of programs (57 undergraduate majors, 73 minors) and the outstanding programs in areas as diverse as accountancy, nursing and steel drum performance.

That quality and diversity, they noted, translates into an excellent return on investment, pointing out that successful NIU alumni can be found in high-level posts all over the country. They work as partners in major accounting firms, as television producers, as judges and as executives in a wide range of industries.

Best of all, according to College Choice, NIU provides those big-school benefits with a personal touch. They specifically noted the First- and Second-Year Experience programs that help pave the way to success for new students. However, those are just a start. NIU students also can work one-on-one with faculty on research from year one, find hands-on learning opportunities in hundreds of classes and have opportunities to study abroad, work internships, participate in more than 200 clubs and organizations, and make the world a better place through volunteerism locally, nationally and globally.

If you want to learn more about the Top 10 experience provided at NIU, join us for an upcoming open house or schedule a visit to campus.