Northern Illinois University

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Northern Illinois University
City: DeKalb, Illinois
Type: Public
Sports: baseball, basketball, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, tennis, track[1]
Colors: cardinal, black
Mascot: Huskies

Northern Illinois University (or NIU) is a Illinois public university founded in 1895.[2] The school is located in DeKalb, Illinois. It was ranked a fourth-tier school in US News's 2008 "National Universities: Tier 4" list.[3]



NIU's football team has won 2 bowl games (while losing 1).[4]

2008 Shootings

On February 14, 2008, Stephen Kazmierczak, armed with a shot gun, opened fire in a lecture theatre.[5] He killed five (four females and one male) and injured 16, before taking his life.[6] Kazmierczak, a former graduate student, offered no motive.[6] It was the fourth shooting at a US education establishment within a week,[5] and the second time NIU had faced violence in two months (when a student left racial attacks and references to the Virginia Tech shootings on a bathroom wall).[6]


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