Take your NIU pride to the next level and become a card-carrying member of the NIU Alumni Association.

Becoming a dues-paying member is an exciting opportunity to reconnect with your alma mater, grow your personal and professional networks and make a difference to the NIU community. You will also receive great benefits, including discounts at many of our events.

Graduation from Northern Illinois University is not required to become a member of the NIU Alumni Association. Many of our members are parents and spouses of alumni or fans of NIU.

Join the growing number of card-carrying members and help make a difference on campus and in our alumni family!

Membership Options 

Cardinal & Black: $50*, $65* joint

Legacy: $250, $300 joint

* - $10 will go toward funding Alumni Scholarships and is tax-deductible
Fill out the form below and pay online, or download a form here to fill out and mail in with your payment.

Membership Opportunities Are Available At Two Levels:

Cardinal & Black

  • Up to 50% off hotels, including the Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Omni, Drury and Westin, and up to 20% off the best available rate from the Wyndham Hotel Group, which includes Days Inn, Travelodge, Ramada and Baymont Inn & Suites
  • Discounts up to 25% on car rentals from trusted companies, such as Hertz, Budget, Avis and Alamo
  • NEW - Save on everything from retail and food to event tickets and travel with NIU Alumni Rewards! Activate your free account today at
  • NEW - Members will receive a print version of the Northern Now Alumni Magazine
  • Save up to 35% on your Orlando vacation! Get exclusive pricing on hotels and vacation homes in or nearby Disney World and Universal Studios Florida.
  • Save at attractions around the nation with CityPASS, which is part of your travel discount card. For instance, you’ll save 53% on VIP admission to the top five Chicago attractions: Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and the Museum of Science and Industry.
  • 25% off all purchases from the NIU Press
  • Show your NIU pride online with an NIU alumni forwarding address
  • 10% off NIU souvenirs and apparel at the Holmes Student Center Bookstore
  • Discounted season tickets to NIU sporting events, such as football and basketball
  • Discounted 1-day guest passes at the NIU Student Recreation Center can be purchased for just $5 by showing your NIUAA membership card
  • Exclusive discounts on Dell products through the Dell Member Purchase Program
  • Founders Memorial Library privileges


  • Includes all benefits available to the Cardinal & Black level members, plus:
  • Invitation to a president’s pregame reception
  • Invitation to “Legacy-only” events
  • 30-minute career consultation with an expert at Career Vision

Please select the type you wish to purchase and click the "Continue" button below.
Cardinal & Black
  Description:  Cardinal & Black
Membership price:  $50.00

Cardinal & Black (Joint)
  Description:  Cardinal & Black (Joint)
Membership price:  $65.00

  Description:  Legacy
Membership price:  $250.00

Legacy (Joint)
  Description:  Legacy (Joint)
Membership price:  $300.00