Rankings and Honors
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the university's largest college with 18 departments and seven centers that span the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.
U.S. News and World ReportBest Grad Schools: NIU's Master of Public Administration program ranks 4th in the nation for Local Government Management and 20th in the specialty field of Public Finance and Budgeting and 33th in the field of Public Management and Leadership.
American Chemical Society (ACS)Top Universities Awarding ACS-certified Bachelor's Degrees: NIU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ranks among the top universities for the number of ACS-certified bachelor's degrees awarded annually
Communication Institute for Online ScholarshipTop 10 Research Department: NIU's Department of Communication is a distinguished program in eight research categories with noted departmental strength in thirty additional research categories
National Ground Water AssociationTop Hydrogeology Programs: NIU's geosciences program ranks in the top 100
Philosophical Gourmet ReportTop Terminal M.A. Programs: NIU's Philosophy program ranks in the top 5 in terms of faculty quality
Professional OrganizationsConsortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology (COPAA): NIU's anthropology program is one of only 27 in the country that belongs to the COPAA, whose mission is to collectively advance the education and training of students, faculty, and practitioners in applied anthropology
PartnershipsArgonne National Laboratory: NIU's graduate programs in physics, computer science and chemistry participate in fellowship opportunities at Argonne National Laboratory
Fermilab: NIU's graduate programs in physics and computer science have a partnership with Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, working together on experiments and research
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