Northeastern Illinois University

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Northeastern Illinois University
Official Seal of Northeastern Illinois University
Motto Excellence. Access. Diversity. Community.
Type Public, HSI
Established 1949
President Dr. Richard Helldobler
Administrative staff
Students 9,538[1]
Location Chicago, Illinois, USA
Campus Urban, 67 acres (27.1 ha)[1]
Student/Faculty Ratio 16:1[1]
Colors Gold and Blue
Nickname Golden Eagles
Mascot Shield
Official Wordmark of Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is a public state university located in Chicago, Illinois. NEIU serves approximately 9,500 students in the region and is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution. The main campus is located in the community area of North Park with three additional campuses in the metropolitan area. NEIU has one of the longest running free form community radio stations, WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM.


El Centro Campus

In 1949, Chicago Teachers College (now Chicago State University) established the Chicago Teachers College (North Side) branch on the North Side of Chicago. The school relocated to the present site in 1961 and changed its name in 1965 to Illinois Teachers' College: Chicago North when control of the school passed into the hands of the State of Illinois.

In 1967, the Illinois Legislature acted to remove the title of “teachers college” from all state colleges and universities and the college became Northeastern Illinois State College.

In 1971, the school became Northeastern Illinois University after it was granted university status and was given a mandate by the Illinois Legislature "to offer such courses of instruction as shall best serve to qualify teachers for the schools of the State; and to offer such other courses of instruction, conduct such research and offer such public services as are prescribed by the Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities or its successor."

In January 1996, Northeastern Illinois University established its own Board of Trustees.

For the 2016 Fall semester, Northeastern Illinois University will have on-campus housing.


To be eligible for admission, prospective undergraduate students must meet the following requirements:

Freshman Admission Requirements: Students are eligible for admission based on an applicant's Admission Decision Score. This score is calculated as follows: (ACT Composite) (10) + (CUM GPA) (200) = ADS. Applicants with an admission decision score of 549 or higher meet full admission requirements. Applicants with an Admission Decision Score between 450 and 548 meet admission requirements and are eligible for admission through the university's Wentworth Scholars program. If the student is 18 years of age or older, they can be considered for admission upon successful completion of the GED.

Transfer Admission Requirements: Students are eligible for admission if they have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher for all college work attempted and are in good standing at the last college attended. If the student has earned fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit, they must also meet the freshman admission requirements.

The school's demographics are: 35% White, 34% Hispanic, 10% African American, 9% Asian and 12% other/unknown.[2]


Each year NEIU graduates approximately 1,800 new alumni.

Degree programs[edit]

Science Building (renamed in 2010 to Bernard J. Brommel Hall)

Undergraduate and master's degrees are offered in three colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, and the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education.


NEIU Baseball Jersey

Northeastern Illinois competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for 20 years until joining the more high-profile National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1988. After a transitional season at the Division II level, NEIU moved its athletic program to Division I.

The Golden Eagles played as independents until finding a place in the short-lived East Coast Conference for the 1993-94 season. Northeastern Illinois were then invited to join the Mid-Continent Conference, now known as the Summit League, where it would play for the next four years.

Chief among the highlights of this era was the baseball team's 1996 Mid-Continent Conference championship and NCAA Tournament bid. Men's basketball player Andrell Hoard won the ESPN National Slam Dunk Competition but sadly lost the conference championship to Valparaiso University by one point in a nationally televised game where ingloriously the Golden Eagle's Mascot committed a technical foul by body slamming the other mascot at center count like a linebacker on national TV making ESPN's daily highlights. More importantly the women's basketball coach Denise Taylor was chosen to lead the Utah Starzz of the WNBA in 1997 and women's basketball player Delores Jones was a participant in the 1998 WNBA draft.

Whether the university should really be investing in such an expensive venture as intercollegiate athletics was a constant question among administrators and faculty members for the better part of a decade. Northeastern Illinois, after an impassioned plea by the student athletes, kept their program for an additional year but still chose to discontinue its D1 athletics after the 1997-98 season which left a number of student athlete's stranded. Most notably was Matthew Malek of the men's soccer team who broke the division 1 record for most saves in a season during the modern era(post 1990) at 181 according to officially NCAA statistics. School records showed 231 saves which would have made him number 1 all time and also would have made his save percentage elite by any standards. Thankfully the NCAA allowed those athletes who were able to transfer without penalty as long as it was outside the Mid-Continent Conference. Malek, courted as a rare unrestricted free agent in college, choose Villanova University over the University of South Carolina, then #2 in the nation.

The school's football team was a charter member of the Division III Illini-Badger Football Conference, where it won five conference titles before dropping the sport in 1988.

In 1977, a men's club soccer team was formed by students from local soccer organizations around Chicago to compete against college varsities from surrounding region. This club, guided by player/coach Frank Hermantz, won all of its games. Varsity status was not granted, however, and the team parted ways.

In 2005, a group of students created a new NEIU baseball club. The Eagles were made up of 24 current students who competed against other collegiate baseball clubs in the Midwest including programs at Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

In addition to the baseball club, the University also has other programs such as women's volleyball, women's soccer, men's soccer, aikido, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, ice hockey, and women's softball. All intramural sports clubs are created and organized by students with the support of the campus recreation department and registered through IMLeagues.

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 41°58′48″N 87°43′08″W / 41.980°N 87.719°W / 41.980; -87.719