Learn in the city. Lead in the world.
Finally! You’re going to college, and the possibilities are endless. What will your major be? Which clubs will you join? Will you study abroad? Only you can decide, but we can help you make some of the most important decisions about your future. Why should you choose Northeastern Illinois University?
One of the most diverse universities in the nation, we provide our students an affordable, quality education with more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business.
In its latest “Best Colleges” publication, U.S. News & World Report ranked Northeastern as the most ethnically diverse Midwest public regional university. Northeastern has been on the list since 1997, the first year U.S. News & World Report established the category.
Northeastern’s diversity reflects the urban environment of Chicago. The school was the first four-year public university in the Midwest federally designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.
That’s not all! For the second year in a row, Northeastern has earned U.S. News & World Report’s #1 spot for students who graduate with the least amount of debt among Midwest regional universities.
Northeastern offers extremely competitive tuition rates, guaranteed for four consecutive years. Students from Illinois’s neighboring states pay in-state tuition, as do active military duty students, veterans, their spouses, and dependents. We help you identify grants, scholarships, employment, and loans so that when you graduate, you’re counting the money you earn, not the money you owe.
Our 67-acre Main Campus on the Northwest Side of Chicago is a welcoming community to the more than 9,000 students who attend Northeastern. In addition to our Main Campus in the North Park neighborhood of Chicago, we also have locations in the Avondale and Bronzeville neighborhoods and in Grayslake, Illinois.
In fall 2016 we opened the doors to our brand-new residence hall. Students can take advantage of our convenient location and unmatched amenities. The residence hall is located centrally on the Main Campus and includes features such as a fitness center, computer center, recreation lounge, billiards, foosball, air hockey, and much more.
We prepare incoming students with orientation programs geared toward first-year and transfer students, as well as a family orientation. These programs aim to support your transition to Northeastern and help build your foundation for academic success. Northeastern also integrates its First-Year Experience classes into the core freshman curriculum. These classes assist in the transition from high school to college, help improve your study habits, and identify your unique learning style.
Once you get started at Northeastern, our faculty will prepare you to think critically, adapt to change, solve problems, and become a leader in your chosen field—qualities employers seek. Along your academic journey, internships and research opportunities are excellent avenues for exploring and gaining practical experience; they look great on résumés and give you a distinct advantage in any job search. We support student research through symposiums, independent studies, and research positions.
Northeastern offers several academic support programs, including the University Honors Program, which gives students an edge when entering the professional world or graduate school. This exceptional curriculum helps you develop and conduct a research or creative project such as an Honors thesis.
Northeastern offers student leadership and civic and community engagement opportunities. In addition to a lively arts community, there are more than 100 student organizations, including Greek, cultural, and major-specific clubs for students in the arts, sciences, business, and education. And if you want to break a sweat, Northeastern has more than 25 team and club sports, fitness classes, and outdoor adventures.
On the days you want to mix it up, spend a morning downtown shopping or visiting museums, and then spend an afternoon stretched out in the University Commons studying. Northeastern offers students the best of both worlds—access to all Chicago has to offer and a retreat from its hustle and bustle.
Northeastern’s Main Campus is located in a quiet community filled with residential homes on tree-lined streets. The diversity of Chicago is reflected within the shops and restaurants that are just walking distance from the University. Whether you’re craving sushi, falafel, tacos, or pizza, the city offers hungry visitors a variety of choices.
Northeastern offers international programs where you can expand your horizons and explore new classroom experiences. Make progress toward your degree and learn about new cultures while you spend a semester (or a year) studying at one of our partner universities in Colombia, France, Germany, Korea, Japan, Poland, Spain, or one of many other countries. Classes are paid for by your regular tuition; your financial aid may apply, and there is a range of possible scholarship opportunities.
We also offer study abroad programs that range in length from one week to one year. Experience travel while you receive course credit for pre-approved classes. Our advisors are happy to help you find a study abroad location that fits your program of study, budget, and desired level of cultural immersion.
Your next step
At Northeastern you’ll make friends from all walks of life, but your experience isn’t limited to your time on campus. Take advantage of the University’s connections to explore all of Chicago’s cultural and professional opportunities.
Now that you’ve taken a closer look at our University, come see for yourself what Northeastern has to offer. Find out about our admission process and visiting options at neiu.edu/visit.
University Colors: Blue and gold
Student-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Total Enrollment: 9,891; 57% female, 43% male
Top 10 Majors
4. Social Work
5. Computer Science
6. Justice Studies
7. Interdisciplinary Studies
8. Communication, Media & Theatre
10. Elementary Education
In-State Tuition and Fees: $12,700.60
Out-of-State Tuition and Fees: $23,181.70
Total tuition and mandatory fees based on 2016 costs for 15 credits/semester over two semesters (30 credits total)
Campus Housing Costs: Starting at $4,050 per semester
Choosing a course of study is a key decision in your academic career. Northeastern provides more than 70 undergraduate and graduate program within these colleges:
The College of Arts and Sciences helps students develop their individual view of the world by acquiring scientific, social, and cultural awareness and offers abundant undergraduate and graduate opportunities for intellectual discovery.
The Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education is one of the oldest and largest education colleges in the Chicago area, offering a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs. The College provides well-rounded general and professional education and extensive school-community clinical experiences.
The College of Business and Management prepares students for successful careers in business and further study at the graduate level with faculty members from all corners of the globe. The college is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.
The College of Graduate Studies and Research offers an array of graduate programs to advance students’ educations when they choose to continue their studies.