Northern Illinois University
The vision of Northern Illinois University is to be the premier student-centered, research-focused public university in the Midwest, contributing to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of the people of the region, the state, the nation, and the world. With this vision, the mission of the University is to promote excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creativity and artistry, and outreach and service.
In pursuing our vision and fulfilling our mission, the University values: A community of diverse people, ideas, services, and scholarly endeavors in a climate of respect for the intrinsic dignity of each individual Access for a broad spectrum of students to high quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs that prepare them to be lifelong learners and productive, socially conscious citizens Engaged teaching and learning that evolves from the synergy of research, artistry, and service Research and artistry in creating, transmitting, expanding, and applying knowledge Student success supported through academic and co-curricular programming and activities The application of current technology in enhancing and broadening all institutional endeavors A system of shared governance that incorporates input from faculty, staff, and students in decision- and policy-making Commitment to a public purpose addressing regional, state, national, and global challenges and opportunities.
The campus sits on 756 acres in DeKalb and includes 64 major buildings. One of the most prominent buildings on campus is the iconic castle-like Altgeld Hall. It is one of the five castle-themed buildings built according to the suggestion of Governor John Peter Altgeld. The Auditorium in Altgeld Hall, which was designed to also function as a ballroom, was restored and can seat up to 500. On the level below the Auditorium, the original gym was transformed into a computer classroom. Also on the same level is the NIU Art Museum which occupies two large spaces.