The Master of Public Administration program is ranked fifth nationally in the specialty field of city management and urban policy and 12th in the specialty of public finance and budgeting by U.S. News and World Report.
NIU was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. To be admitted to the Honor Roll, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
NIU faculty and staff helped meet these criteria in a variety of ways through dedication, leadership and collaboration with numerous offices on campus. NIU students played a role by providing hours upon hours of service work during their valuable free time.
NIU ranks in the top third of PayScale.com’s College Return on Investment Package, which measures “what you pay to attend versus what you get back in lifetime earnings.”
NIU is a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), a non-profit association of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems. and the Universities Research Association (URA), an international consortium of 86 leading research oriented universities.
NIU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the category of Research Universities (high research activity), a designation reserved for universities that award at least 20 research degrees during the year.
NIU was also awarded an elective classification for Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships which recognizes institutions of higher education for their collaboration with their larger communities (local, regional/state, national and global).
U.S. News & World Report ranks NIU in its elite "National Universities" category; NIU is ranked third in Illinois in the magazine's High School Counselor Rankings of National Universities.
NIU's academic programs are nationally accredited (in business, engineering, nursing, visual and performing arts, and all teacher certification programs, among others) for meeting the highest standards of academic quality and rigor.
NIU ranks in the Top 100 colleges in the nation among colleges for awarding bachelors and masters degrees to Hispanic students according to the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine
NIU was ranked in the top 50 "Best for Vets" four-year colleges in the country by Military Times Magazine for 2013.
NIU was named a Military Friendly School for 2013 by G.I. Jobs. Military Friendly Schools are the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students.
NIU received the 2010 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran’s Education.