Join a Friendly University Community at ELS/DeKalb and Northern Illinois University

November 10th, 2015

ELS/DeKalb is located in DeKalb, Illinois, a small and friendly university community, home to Northern Illinois University (NIU), the second-largest university in the state. An affordable cost of living and many outdoor activities make this the perfect location for students.

DeKalb has a low cost of living and lots of outdoor activities making it ideal for students with families. DeKalb is a welcoming community with both urban and rural roots that offer modern conveniences, shopping, dining, a historical downtown area and public transportation. All ELS students have access to the NIU recreation center, home to dozens of activities.


NIU enrolls more than 21,000 students from over 70 countries. NIU is committed to making the university a top choice for high-performing students who desire an engaged learning experience.

NIU offers 56 fully accredited undergraduate majors and 100 master’s and doctorate-level programs within seven colleges. The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology is ranked among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report. The College of Business has been recognized nationally for outstanding programs. NIU has been ranked in the top 4% of all American universities by the Carnegie Foundation, receiving the highest possible designation—“Doctoral/Research University Extensive.” NIU is also nationally recognized for their community service projects.

NIU Programs

The Northern Illinois University Anthropology Museum is right on campus at NIU. The museum specializes in the cultures of Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and the Southwest and Plains Native Americans.

The Midwest Museum of Natural History is located in nearby Sycamore, the museum features over 100 mounted animals from North America and Africa, including one of the few elephants in the country.

The excitement, culture and attractions of Chicago are only about an hour’s drive away.

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