Make a difference—join today


Take your NIU pride to the next level and become a “card-carrying” member of the NIU Alumni Association.

14938314843_ec0ed0bdc2_zBecoming a dues-paying member is an exciting opportunity to reconnect with your alma mater, grow your personal and professional networks and make a difference to the NIU community. You will also receive great benefits, including discounts at many of our events.

Graduation from Northern Illinois University is not required to become a member of the NIU Alumni Association. Many of our members are parents and spouses of alumni or fans of NIU.

Join the growing number of card-carrying members and help make a difference on campus and in our alumni family!

Membership Options:

Cardinal & Black
1 year: $40, $55 joint
3 year: $100, $150 joint

1 year: $250, $300 joint
3 year: $700, $850 joint

Membership opportunities are available at two levels:

Cardinal & Black

  • Up to 50% off hotels, including the Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Omni, Drury and Westin, and up to 20% off the best available rate from the Wyndham Hotel Group, which includes Days Inn, Travelodge, Ramada and Baymont Inn & Suites
  • Discounts up to 25% on car rentals from trusted companies, such as Hertz, Budget, Avis and Alamo
  • Save at attractions around the nation with CityPASS, which is part of your travel discount card. For instance, you’ll save 53% on VIP admission to the top five Chicago attractions: Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and the Museum of Science and Industry.
  • Up to 66% off a one-year subscription to Crain’s Chicago Business
  • 25% off all purchases from the NIU Press
  • Significant savings on a TopGolf Executive Membership
  • Show your NIU pride online with an NIU alumni email account
  • 15% off NIU souvenirs and apparel at the Holmes Student Center Bookstore
  • Discounted football season tickets
  • Free drink tickets at Alumni Association events and price discounts
  • Four issues of Northern Now
  • Founders Memorial Library privileges
  • Access to exclusive member-only events
  • Access to the online alumni directory


  • Includes all benefits available to the Cardinal & Black level members, plus:
  • Invitation to a president’s pregame reception
  • Invitation to “Legacy-only” events
  • 30-minute career consultation with an expert at Career Vision
  • Eligibility to join the NIU Leadership Forum

Dues-paying membership to the NIU Alumni Association is based on a rolling calendar and is valid for one year. Your membership will expire one year from the end of the month of purchase.