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About Northeastern Illinois University

Founded in 1867, Northeastern has a rich tradition of educational innovation and prides itself on preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference in Chicago. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. Northeastern is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Diversity is an important factor in the character of Northeastern and in the social fabric of its student body. The University has an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students; African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American students represent roughly 60 percent of the student body.

Located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago, the University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business. The University has additional locations in the metropolitan area:

JACOB Carruthers Center for Inner City StudieS

El Centro


University Center of Lake County

Our University at a Glance

NEIU Student Body Infographic for undergraduate and graduate students

In the News

Newsweek magazine named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth “Best Investment” in the United States and number one in Illinois. Northeastern shares the top-ten spot with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT.

In U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” publication Northeastern is ranked the most ethnically diverse public regional university in the Midwest.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s annual “Top Degree Producers” demonstrates that Northeastern is a leader among American universities for the number of bachelor’s and master’s degrees earned by students of diverse ethnic backgrounds.

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