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The School of Music houses the premiere graduate string quartet training program in the nation, and its ensembles have a long record of “best” awards in national competition from Down Beat Magazine. Its graduate program in Jazz Studies is ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
NIU’s School of Art is the largest producer of art teachers in Illinois and, overall, NIU is one of the 10 largest teacher preparation programs in the nation.
The School of Art is the first choice for undergraduate art majors in Illinois. Its graduate program in art education is ranked in the Top 5 in size and scope.
U.S. News & World Report ranks NIU’s Master’s of Public Administration program third nationally in the specialty field of city management and urban policy, ahead of programs at all public and private institutions in Illinois and prestigious schools as USC, Syracuse and the University of North Carolina. NIU’s public administration program, a division within the...
NIU boasts the only political science program in the country that offers politics and the life sciences (or biopolitics) as a distinct field of graduate study. The Association for Politics and the Life Sciences and its journal were both founded at NIU. Three Political Science faculty members associated with this specialization have been named NIU...
NIU physicists are playing key roles in the world’s most ambitious physics experiment: The “D-Zero” project at Fermilab explores the subatomic universe using the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. NIU professor Gerald Blazey has served as spokesman for the project, which involves hundreds of researchers from across the world. Over the years, more than 120...
NIU Geology Professor Ross Powell is one of the lead researchers on a $30 million drilling project known as ANDRILL, an international effort to recover geologic records buried beneath the Antarctic sea in order to gain a better understanding of contemporary global warming trends. The project was featured in a front-page story in the Chicago...
NIU’s Geology Department received $2.5 million in recent years to boost research into worldwide climate changes, including global warming. NIU scientists are using a remotely operated submarine to look for causes of global warming under rapidly-melting glaciers in Antarctica.
The Chicago Tribune featured a front-page story on members of the Sereno family after they were awarded the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences outstanding alumni award. All six siblings are college alumni. And all now have flourishing scholarly careers—from the oldest, Martin Sereno, director of the NeuroImaging Centre at University College London and...
NIU Law students not only participate in external competitions, but excel at them.  Student teams reached the semi-finals in the 2009 John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law, and in 2008 placed second at the National Latino Law Student Association Moot Court Competition.
The College of Law continues to lead the way in its diversity efforts and has been nationally ranked in the U.S. News and World Report and Princeton Review for having a diverse faculty and student body. Over 40 percent of the full-time faculty are members of underrepresented minority groups. In July 2009, Jennifer Rosato was appointed the tenth...
The College of Law’s July 2008 Illinois State Bar Exam pass rate for first-time takers was 95 percent, which was the highest in the state among Illinois public law schools and third overall in the state.