Northeastern Illinois University is a vibrant learning and research community, with its Main Campus on the Northwest Side of Chicago and three other locations in the area. At Northeastern, more than 100 countries are represented by our student body, and the student-to-teacher ratio is a low 13 to 1. Here is what you also should know about Northeastern.
Awards and Recognitions
Northeastern, a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, is consistently recognized as a national leader among its peers. Here are some of the highlights:
Low student debt
According to U.S. News & World Report, Northeastern is the best in the state and among the nation’s leaders at graduating students with the least debt for the 7th year in a row.
According to ASecureLife.com, Northeastern is ranked seventh in the nation and first in Illinois with the lowest rates of property-related crime on college and university campuses.
In 2017, according to College Stats, Northeastern is the nation’s third-safest campus. In addition, YourLocalSecurity ranked Northeastern as the safest campus in Illinois.
For the fourth year in a row, Northeastern is ranked No. 1 among all Midwest colleges and universities as the most diverse by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Northeastern as the No. 3 public university in its diverse student population ranking among Midwest regional universities, No. 8 in economic diversity, and No. 28 Illinois public university in its social mobility ranking.
In 2017, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Northeastern is a top-100 university for ethnically diverse graduates.
Top 10 Majors
Northeastern’s top 10 majors from the Fall 2020 semester:
- Computer Science
- Social Work
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Communication, Media and Theatre
- Justice Studies
- Early Childhood Education
Four Chicago-Area Locations
Access to Opportunity is one of Northeastern’s six written values. We offer a variety of classes and degree-granting programs at four locations. Enrollment, financial aid and academic support services are offered at each location.
Northeastern Illinois University (Main Campus)
Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
University Center of Lake County
Northeastern Illinois University has regional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. Read more information about all of Northeastern's accreditations.