Northeastern Illinois University Northeastern Illinois University, a fully-accredited, state university attracts students from more than 40 countries from around the world. In fact, our university is consistently ranked as the most ethnically diverse university in the Midwestern United States. It also ranks 6th in the entire country for best investment. Northeastern is located in Chicago, America’s third largest city; despite the urban surroundings, our 67-acre main campus is a welcoming oasis to the nearly 12,000 commuter students who attend and study in one of our more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs (distributed among three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Management, and Education), many of which do not require special tests or certificates to enter. We are proud to have 15:1 Student to Faculty Ratio with an average class size of 24 students. It is a great place to learn in the city and lead in the world.