Northern Illinois University

Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with an abiding focus on our students’ success. From STEM fields to the arts and quite a bit in between, you can choose from over 100 courses of study.

At NIU, you can build an educational experience that is all your own, based on who you are today and who you want to become tomorrow. We offer you resources that only a large university can – but like a small college, you’ll receive personal attention and guidance to help you along the way.

Off-campus courses, degrees and certificates are taught by NIU faculty with the same curricula as on campus. If your schedule demands evening, weekend, online, or accelerated schedules, we have graduate and undergraduate programs for you in Rockford, Naperville, Hoffman Estates, Lake County, and online. We’re dedicated to helping you achieve success because your future is our focus.

For information about opportunities in the northern Illinois region, call Kay Caster (815-753-6967) or email

Programs Available at the University Center

Additional Programs Offered Online

Due to the current COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic, the University Center
is closed until further notice.  Staff are working remotely and are able to respond to your needs.  Visit the Staff Directory page to contact us.

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1200 University Center Drive

Grayslake, IL 60030
on the College of Lake County Campus