PYLP16, Welcome to NIU!

Northern Illinois University is a public research university in DeKalb, Illinois, United States, with satellite centers in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Rockford, and Oregon. It was founded as Northern Illinois State Normal School on May 22, 1895, by Illinois Governor John P. Altgeld as part of an expansion of the state’s system for producing college-educated teachers. Lisa Freeman was named the university’s acting president in July 2017, the first woman to hold that position.