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Northern Illinois University ranked 164th in the United States, 516th in the global 2023 rating, and scored in the TOP 50% across 129 research topics. Northern Illinois University ranking is based on 3 factors: research output (EduRank's index has 17,934 publications and 757,887 citations attributed to the university), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 68 notable alumni.

Rank Ranking
#516 of 14,131 In the World
#189 of 2,597 In North America
#164 of 2,496 In the United States
#6 of 100 In Illinois
#110 of 1,006 For Early Childhood Education
#154 of 1,007 For Mining Engineering
#156 of 1,258 For Child Psychology
#736 of 7,353 For Alumni Impact
#445 of 14,131 For Non-academic Prominence
Top50% For 126 other topics

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Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Northern Illinois University ranked 145th for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in the United States and 363rd in the World with 4,213 publications made and 92,646 citations received. Main research topics: Political Science, Sociology, Education Majors, Demography, Law.

Rank Ranking
#145 of 1,262 In the United States
#165 of 1,341 In North America
#363 of 5,073 In the World

Northern Illinois University
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 52 28
1992 23 23
1993 32 15
1994 41 33
1995 32 29
1996 69 66
1997 78 78
1998 70 143
1999 66 135
2000 63 165
2001 71 231
2002 66 87
2003 93 205
2004 75 150
2005 86 190
2006 85 288
2007 115 235
2008 159 483
2009 172 326
2010 178 245
2011 170 292
2012 163 232
2013 180 180
2014 184 275
2015 191 301
2016 169 310
2017 167 203
2018 159 164
2019 156 288
2020 172 106
2021 175 88
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Early Childhood Education 72 76 110
Special Education 82 92 156
Education Majors 71 83 160
History 81 92 179
Art History 88 102 191
Archaeology 83 92 215
Sports / Exercise science 91 109 216
Anthropology 99 117 230
Occupational Safety and Health 121 139 232
Classics and Ancient History 106 120 238
Criminology and Criminal Justice 139 153 249
Genealogy 102 120 259
Media Studies 101 116 259
Broadcast Journalism 122 140 266
Gender Studies 114 134 278
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies 136 150 278
Philosophy 102 121 288
Radio and Television broadcasting 137 153 297
Publishing 112 130 299
Linguistics 98 115 309
Political Economy 118 135 311
Law 135 151 311
Military science 166 187 314
Public Policy / Administration 122 141 322
Communications and Public Relations 136 158 325
Political Science 124 142 325
Library and Information science 130 151 326
Intellectual Property and Patent Law 143 162 358
Sociology 136 159 366
Journalism and Digital Media 129 147 374
Law Enforcement 185 206 379
International Relations and Diplomacy 137 157 380
Aesthetics 164 191 485
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 177 205 513
Urban and Regional planning 118 142 554
Demography 180 203 563
Social Work 263 296 571
Human Rights Law 211 243 682
International Law 223 258 714

Physics

Northern Illinois University ranked 197th for Physics in the United States and 947th in the World with 3,177 publications made and 288,639 citations received. Main research topics: Quantum and Particle physics, Materials Science, Nuclear Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Optical Engineering.

Rank Ranking
#197 of 721 In the United States
#225 of 781 In North America
#947 of 4,082 In the World

Northern Illinois University
Physics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 33 43
1992 17 10
1993 25 28
1994 30 77
1995 28 71
1996 42 646
1997 50 63
1998 47 78
1999 51 105
2000 56 102
2001 56 144
2002 52 133
2003 55 102
2004 62 190
2005 83 212
2006 107 394
2007 99 172
2008 117 344
2009 89 363
2010 100 1373
2011 149 1670
2012 246 4093
2013 161 2896
2014 169 3825
2015 191 3278
2016 162 2666
2017 129 1262
2018 169 1932
2019 142 1464
2020 121 657
2021 104 268
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Nuclear Physics 94 104 302
Acoustical Engineering 138 162 491
Quantum and Particle physics 116 132 503
Condensed Matter Physics 115 129 517
Atomic and Molecular physics 143 166 558
Astrobiology 280 312 761
Theoretical Physics 147 173 776
Optical Engineering 186 213 825
Applied/Engineering Physics 181 203 826
Medical Physics 219 243 862
Nanotechnology 192 217 929
Biophysics 235 263 968
Materials Science 191 220 1099

Psychology

Northern Illinois University ranked 122nd for Psychology in the United States and 248th in the World with 3,158 publications made and 193,085 citations received. Main research topics: Social Psychology, Child Psychology, Education Majors, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science.

Rank Ranking
#122 of 981 In the United States
#140 of 1,047 In North America
#248 of 3,654 In the World

Northern Illinois University
Psychology Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 38 60
1992 15 29
1993 29 67
1994 28 60
1995 20 43
1996 48 87
1997 63 200
1998 59 195
1999 63 274
2000 66 421
2001 56 388
2002 53 196
2003 82 562
2004 64 346
2005 72 483
2006 66 707
2007 82 518
2008 116 602
2009 116 1280
2010 119 1056
2011 141 752
2012 122 449
2013 123 363
2014 149 520
2015 157 585
2016 124 474
2017 120 333
2018 82 157
2019 91 85
2020 101 91
2021 117 116
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Child Psychology 92 105 156
Special Education 82 92 156
Education Majors 71 83 160
Social Psychology 101 113 178
Clinical Psychology 104 119 192
Organizational / Business / IO Psychology 106 118 196
Sexology 115 132 207
Psychiatry 128 144 301
Cognitive Science 141 163 344
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 177 205 513
Social Work 263 296 571
Neuroscience 184 209 574
Occupational Therapy 227 261 810

Medicine

Northern Illinois University ranked 193rd for Medicine in the United States and 713th in the World with 2,577 publications made and 105,396 citations received. Main research topics: Clinical Psychology, Health Science, Psychiatry, Pharmacy, Sports / Exercise science.

Rank Ranking
#193 of 1,040 In the United States
#214 of 1,110 In North America
#713 of 4,739 In the World

Northern Illinois University
Medicine Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 36 35
1992 13 15
1993 30 34
1994 34 81
1995 28 33
1996 47 128
1997 44 72
1998 57 142
1999 59 157
2000 58 262
2001 54 129
2002 53 121
2003 53 191
2004 58 219
2005 52 378
2006 59 291
2007 64 331
2008 76 381
2009 76 477
2010 84 215
2011 91 578
2012 102 272
2013 91 175
2014 110 259
2015 119 339
2016 100 292
2017 85 169
2018 83 72
2019 112 163
2020 115 78
2021 155 75
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Clinical Psychology 104 119 192
Sports / Exercise science 91 109 216
Psychiatry 128 144 301
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 141 156 321
Healthcare Management (MHA) 137 157 363
Audiology 132 153 385
Gerontology 168 188 419
Nursing 154 177 441
Health Science 165 184 447
Pharmacy 115 131 506
Family medicine 175 196 521
Public Health 175 198 526
Social Work 263 296 571
Physical Therapy 176 202 584
Sports Medicine 182 211 609
Paramedicine and Emergency medicine 208 230 681
Anatomy and Physiology 196 221 719
Pediatrics 171 191 757
Occupational Therapy 227 261 810
Medical Physics 219 243 862
Optometry 222 245 1005
Surgery 246 266 1077
Oncology and Cancer research 296 328 1487

Engineering

Northern Illinois University ranked 188th for Engineering in the United States and 957th in the World with 2,358 publications made and 58,192 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Automation and Control engineering, Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering.

Rank Ranking
#188 of 756 In the United States
#219 of 818 In North America
#957 of 4,624 In the World

Northern Illinois University
Engineering Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 35 25
1992 30 9
1993 36 31
1994 37 16
1995 27 20
1996 43 35
1997 64 121
1998 52 38
1999 49 127
2000 56 79
2001 49 102
2002 59 84
2003 52 54
2004 64 208
2005 70 175
2006 95 208
2007 82 64
2008 88 107
2009 73 270
2010 94 201
2011 83 190
2012 80 149
2013 100 219
2014 95 185
2015 90 211
2016 89 184
2017 69 135
2018 88 189
2019 88 479
2020 99 424
2021 88 69
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Mining Engineering 21 34 154
Aviation 112 123 293
Product and Industrial Design 114 135 395
Operations Research 113 139 412
Transportation Engineering 119 137 413
Aerospace Engineering 166 184 428
Acoustical Engineering 138 162 491
Electronic Engineering 122 148 502
Technical Drawing 137 156 509
Automation and Control engineering 123 150 544
Computer Engineering 158 181 578
Engineering Management 180 205 600
Human-Computer Interaction 172 197 679
Mechanical Engineering 156 182 688
Industrial Engineering 149 175 710
Reliability and Quality Engineering 164 191 727
Electrical Engineering 165 195 751
Construction Management 175 206 779
Robotics 157 187 800
Optical Engineering 186 213 825
Applied/Engineering Physics 181 203 826
Architecture 165 193 843
Nuclear Engineering 161 188 871
Systems Engineering 182 215 893
Firefighting and Fire Science 187 220 907
Nanotechnology 192 217 929
Materials Science 191 220 1099
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 247 280 1165
Chemical Engineering 179 211 1262

Chemistry

Northern Illinois University ranked 206th for Chemistry in the United States and 1049th in the World with 2,057 publications made and 54,822 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacy.

Rank Ranking
#206 of 717 In the United States
#234 of 778 In North America
#1049 of 4,317 In the World

Northern Illinois University
Chemistry Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 36 31
1992 30 16
1993 25 37
1994 37 27
1995 23 25
1996 38 63
1997 48 62
1998 37 42
1999 37 39
2000 40 60
2001 44 76
2002 46 93
2003 52 93
2004 50 177
2005 71 207
2006 73 159
2007 69 110
2008 59 82
2009 48 91
2010 76 153
2011 70 169
2012 70 136
2013 90 309
2014 79 222
2015 72 205
2016 49 127
2017 70 139
2018 69 160
2019 67 228
2020 83 280
2021 76 56
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Computational Chemistry 113 130 429
Pharmacy 115 131 506
Petrology and Geochemistry 135 167 542
Physical chemistry 131 152 621
Organic Chemistry 144 166 732
Inorganic Chemistry 149 175 850
Biochemistry 209 235 911
Nanotechnology 192 217 929
Materials Science 191 220 1099
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 247 280 1165
Chemical Engineering 179 211 1262

Business

Northern Illinois University ranked 143rd for Business in the United States and 397th in the World with 1,684 publications made and 62,944 citations received. Main research topics: Marketing, Public Policy / Administration, Management Information Systems, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Finance.

Rank Ranking
#143 of 834 In the United States
#167 of 900 In North America
#397 of 4,001 In the World

Northern Illinois University
Business Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 15 13
1992 3 4
1993 11 3
1994 19 15
1995 24 17
1996 33 40
1997 30 123
1998 35 45
1999 35 86
2000 38 133
2001 27 60
2002 41 97
2003 38 226
2004 48 187
2005 48 210
2006 41 121
2007 54 185
2008 68 365
2009 78 256
2010 80 385
2011 80 257
2012 90 200
2013 82 159
2014 88 159
2015 71 101
2016 76 308
2017 60 120
2018 52 92
2019 60 202
2020 51 66
2021 62 21
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Occupational Safety and Health 121 139 232
Management 96 110 244
Human Resource Management 101 116 248
Tax Law 110 125 257
Public Policy / Administration 122 141 322
Marketing 123 141 340
Advertising 150 167 346
Entertainment Industry Business 135 158 392
Finance 149 167 409
Operations Research 113 139 412
Management Information Systems 122 144 413
Real Estate 157 176 419
Accounting 154 173 428
Supply Chain Management 119 140 434
Actuarial Science 180 202 512
Investment Banking and Stock trading 166 188 521
Project Management 158 183 556
Engineering Management 180 205 600
Construction Management 175 206 779
Risk Management 204 234 791
Entrepreneurship 240 273 950

Computer Science

Northern Illinois University ranked 186th for Computer Science in the United States and 712th in the World with 1,594 publications made and 61,500 citations received. Main research topics: Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Management Information Systems, Multimedia, Computational Linguistics.

Rank Ranking
#186 of 858 In the United States
#216 of 927 In North America
#712 of 4,392 In the World

Northern Illinois University
Computer Science Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 13 6
1992 8 11
1993 22 38
1994 10 14
1995 14 4
1996 33 61
1997 46 174
1998 29 99
1999 26 71
2000 39 94
2001 30 59
2002 29 41
2003 39 209
2004 47 96
2005 44 133
2006 49 161
2007 45 78
2008 66 178
2009 74 535
2010 81 645
2011 66 143
2012 68 97
2013 56 109
2014 66 64
2015 53 57
2016 69 144
2017 65 175
2018 50 292
2019 65 143
2020 64 129
2021 66 65
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Multimedia 103 118 302
Information Technology 123 140 306
Library and Information science 130 151 326
Cognitive Science 141 163 344
Management Information Systems 122 144 413
Game Design and Development 120 143 417
Web Design and Development 110 133 445
Computer Graphics 146 171 563
Database Administration 154 181 573
Neuroscience 184 209 574
Computer Engineering 158 181 578
Software Engineering 169 194 653
UX/UI Desgin 169 197 655
Human-Computer Interaction 172 197 679
Computational Linguistics 150 179 680
Robotics 157 187 800
Data Science 218 249 881
Machine Learning 185 217 889
Animation 211 243 1026
Artificial Intelligence (AI) 215 247 1056
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 240 266 1081
Computer Vision 218 248 1169

Biology

Northern Illinois University ranked 222nd for Biology in the United States and 1027th in the World with 1,522 publications made and 66,331 citations received. Main research topics: Biochemistry, Genetics, Botany, Nanotechnology, Molecular Biology.

Rank Ranking
#222 of 867 In the United States
#250 of 932 In North America
#1027 of 4,496 In the World

Northern Illinois University
Biology Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 24 28
1992 23 22
1993 22 39
1994 28 78
1995 21 36
1996 40 65
1997 39 103
1998 30 57
1999 31 79
2000 32 93
2001 28 84
2002 29 45
2003 34 90
2004 27 51
2005 33 115
2006 38 153
2007 44 147
2008 51 158
2009 75 382
2010 59 536
2011 41 147
2012 52 173
2013 61 252
2014 67 211
2015 67 177
2016 54 210
2017 50 100
2018 37 258
2019 59 194
2020 36 47
2021 44 11
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Paleontology 99 118 319
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 141 156 321
Zoology 134 156 451
Evolutionary Biology 171 193 516
Entomology 148 174 549
Genetics 173 194 566
Neuroscience 184 209 574
Astrobiology 280 312 761
Botany 138 166 886
Molecular Biology 219 244 908
Biochemistry 209 235 911
Nanotechnology 192 217 929
Biophysics 235 263 968
Agricultural Science 164 195 1050
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 240 266 1081
Microbiology 233 260 1278
Oncology and Cancer research 296 328 1487

Mathematics

Northern Illinois University ranked 130th for Mathematics in the United States and 401st in the World with 1,276 publications made and 36,508 citations received. Main research topics: Math Teachers, Statistics, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Applied Mathematics, Actuarial Science.

Rank Ranking
#130 of 684 In the United States
#150 of 744 In North America
#401 of 3,376 In the World

Northern Illinois University
Mathematics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 22 27
1992 9 24
1993 12 4
1994 17 15
1995 13 20
1996 26 48
1997 26 31
1998 28 105
1999 29 108
2000 28 70
2001 29 47
2002 16 43
2003 34 171
2004 32 80
2005 43 92
2006 22 32
2007 35 55
2008 38 111
2009 38 78
2010 50 166
2011 53 74
2012 39 60
2013 37 51
2014 53 64
2015 38 53
2016 51 84
2017 37 56
2018 37 101
2019 48 42
2020 42 28
2021 51 19
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Math Teachers 75 81 144
Statistics 113 133 288
Operations Research 113 139 412
Applied Mathematics 114 136 457
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 147 172 489
Actuarial Science 180 202 512

Economics

Northern Illinois University ranked 163rd for Economics in the United States and 516th in the World with 831 publications made and 16,878 citations received. Main research topics: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Political Economy, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Finance, Development Studies.

Rank Ranking
#163 of 654 In the United States
#188 of 717 In North America
#516 of 3,039 In the World

Northern Illinois University
Economics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 12 10
1992 6 5
1993 9 3
1994 9 10
1995 10 3
1996 17 18
1997 12 21
1998 15 32
1999 16 73
2000 12 29
2001 17 40
2002 13 55
2003 19 20
2004 21 36
2005 19 46
2006 16 14
2007 26 42
2008 28 52
2009 25 89
2010 49 87
2011 44 44
2012 41 39
2013 36 54
2014 48 34
2015 30 29
2016 25 17
2017 31 20
2018 25 12
2019 32 29
2020 20 8
2021 40 11
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Political Economy 118 135 311
International Relations and Diplomacy 137 157 380
Finance 149 167 409
Development Studies 146 168 481
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 147 172 489
Actuarial Science 180 202 512
Investment Banking and Stock trading 166 188 521
Agricultural Economics 153 175 763

Art & Design

Northern Illinois University ranked 135th for Art & Design in the United States and 436th in the World with 658 publications made and 10,089 citations received. Main research topics: Multimedia, Literature, Art History, Creative Writing, Graphic Design.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science profiles.

Rank Ranking
#135 of 685 In the United States
#158 of 750 In North America
#436 of 2,700 In the World

Northern Illinois University
Art & Design Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 9 0
1992 3 5
1993 7 0
1994 6 0
1995 11 0
1996 12 7
1997 15 17
1998 7 17
1999 6 19
2000 17 20
2001 15 27
2002 8 2
2003 14 25
2004 12 8
2005 9 21
2006 13 10
2007 20 29
2008 40 60
2009 45 135
2010 36 28
2011 27 20
2012 26 26
2013 22 6
2014 31 11
2015 29 37
2016 28 49
2017 32 41
2018 16 2
2019 21 27
2020 32 11
2021 26 16
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Music 83 95 189
Art History 88 102 191
Literature 80 93 209
Performing arts 81 96 217
Cinematography 81 94 234
Graphic Design 108 124 282
Multimedia 103 118 302
Fashion Design 112 131 309
Creative Writing 146 170 391
Entertainment Industry Business 135 158 392
Game Design and Development 120 143 417
Singing and Vocal Performance 156 182 461
Aesthetics 164 191 485
Painting and Drawing 124 149 500
Sculpture 124 149 500
Computer Graphics 146 171 563
Illustration and Concept Art 148 173 567
Photography 169 202 602
UX/UI Desgin 169 197 655
Architecture 165 193 843
Animation 211 243 1026

Other rankings

Non-core subjects for Northern Illinois University

Speciality United States North America World Rank
Oceanography 104 125 352
Earth science and Geophysics 127 152 454
Geography and Cartography 130 153 460
Meteorology and Atmospheric Science 137 163 490
Geology 138 164 517
Ecology 197 232 708
Environmental Science 163 198 740
Environmental Management 177 213 861