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Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at Northern Illinois University in 2014-15
Bachelor's 3,507
Master's 1,451
Doctoral 253
Total 5,211

Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Speech Communication and Rhetoric. 7%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. 6%
Psychology, General. 6%
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other. 5%
Accounting. 5%

Bachelor’s Degree Recipients’ First-destination Survey Results

Graduates of Northern Illinois University follow many paths in their first year after receiving their degree. We asked about their first destination after graduation using the following question:

What is MOST LIKELY to be your PRINCIPAL activity upon graduation? (Select only one answer)

Employment, full-time paid

Employment, part-time paid 

Graduate or professional school, full-time 

Graduate or professional school, part-time 

Additional undergraduate coursework 

Military service 

Volunteer activity (e.g., Peace Corps) 

Starting or raising a family

Other, please specify: _________________________________

Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients

At the end of the 2014-2015 Fall and Spring semesters, NIU surveyed graduating seniors about their plans after graduation using the VSA Future Plans Survey Question. The multiple choice item was included on the Confirmation of Participation in Ceremonies form, an online form that graduating seniors are required to complete in order to take part in the graduation ceremony. The survey was not administered to graduating students not participating in the ceremony.  There were 2695 respondents to the survey question for the calendar year.


Graduates were asked to select only their primary activity that best matched their plans after graduation. Some graduates may pursue multiple options at the same time, which is important to keep in mind when reviewing these results. 100% responded and their answers are shown in the chart below