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Northeastern Illinois University is ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” publication. Northeastern has held this distinction since 1997. In addition, more than a hundred countries are represented in our student body.

Northeastern is the only four-year public Hispanic-Serving Institution in the Midwest.

Top 10 Majors

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

  1. Elementary Education
  2. Biology
  3. Justice Studies
  4. Accounting
  5. Psychology
  6. Social Work
  7. Computer Science
  8. Communication, Media & Theatre 
  9. Interdisciplinary Studies
  10. General Business Administration

Four Chicago Area Locations 

Northeastern Illinois University believes in access to opportunity. We offer a variety of classes and degree granting programs at our campus locations. Enrollment, financial aid and academic support services are offered at each campus.

Newsweek’s annual edition of “College Rankings 2012” ranked Northeastern sixth in the U.S. for Best College Investment.

Northeastern Illinois University (Main Campus) 

Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

El Centro

University Center of Lake County

Accreditations

Northeastern Illinois Univesrity has regional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. Read more information about Northeastern's accreditations.

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