Northern Illinois University
Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a student enrollment of nearly 23,000. NIU is located 60 miles west of Chicago.
Altgeld Hall was completed in 1899 and is named for John Peter Altgeld, the Governor of Illinois who backed and signed legislation creating NIU. Originally called the “Castle on the Hill,” Altgeld houses the Office of the President, Academic and Student Affairs, Finance and Facilities, University Advancement & NIU Foundation, University Legal Services, University Council, Community and External Affairs, the NIU Art Museum, the Instructional Technology Teaching Laboratory, and conference rooms.
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