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President’s Message

August 1st, 2013

NIU offers outstanding return on investment

External validation is important. We often tell prospective students and alumni a degree from NIU is one of the best educational investments available. New rankings published Monday reinforce this statement – NIU offers the third-best return on investment (behind University of Illinois-Champaign and University of Illinois-Chicago) among public universities in the state of Illinois. Thirty nine public and private universities in Illinois were ranked after the authors analyzed a total of 315 Illinois institutions. According to the study’s authors, the average graduate from Northern Illinois University will earn about $600,000 more over the course of his or her career than an individual without a degree.

A Northern Illinois University education is a great value – high educational quality and affordable – and one that prepares students for career success, the heart of our mission and the cornerstone of the university’s future. My focus is on increasing opportunities at NIU for our students through hands-on learning, creating new alumni mentoring programs and developing new ways by which our faculty, staff, and students can engage our region through public service.

The NIU community proudly embraced the phrase “Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow” in 2011 after a community conversation about what differentiates NIU from other universities. My goal is to make this NIU’s brand promise and provide each and every student with the experiential learning opportunities necessary for career success.

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow

Past Presidential Messages

President Baker’s Event Calendar
August 31
NIU vs. Iowa

September 28
NIU vs. Purdue