Northern Illinois University advanced 12 places in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list, which the magazine released Tuesday. NIU was ranked No. 177 out of hundreds of universities around the country, and was 98th among public institutions.
“The numbers bear out that the university is continuing to improve in the benchmark areas U.S. News identifies as important measures of our ability to educate our students. But these numbers only provide a snapshot of our university,” university President Doug Baker said in a statement posted on the university’s web site. “The NIU experience – the focus on research, engaged learning, student success – is what sets us apart. Students at NIU learn by doing.”
In its rankings, U.S. News noted the more than 200 clubs, 40 Greek organizations and numerous Division I programs available to NIU students. Among other state universities in the same category, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked No. 41 and the University of Illinois at Chicago ranked No. 128.