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NIU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Is Thousands Strong!

Thousands Strong for a Life-Changing Education

A college degree is a key component in social mobility. NIU prides itself on our long tradition of providing access and opportunity to underserved populations who come to college, not only to achieve their personal and career goals, but also to make a difference in their families, communities, states and nations.

CLAS, as the heart of the university, shares that commitment.

Your gift will make a difference in the lives of our students. From providing students the funding they need to enroll in classes, providing assistance for student organizations like Forensics and Mock Trial travel, providing stipends and support to students conducting research to bringing the spirit of the liberal arts and sciences out into the community.

You’ll be paving the way for future scientists, educators, journalists, lawyers, researchers, doctors, public servants and activists. The hallmark NIU grit and dreams are there — they just need a little investment to come true.

Project Finish Line

More than 200 students drop out each year during their final four semesters due to outstanding balances and increasing debt. Help students in their final semester who are facing financial difficulties stay enrolled and earn their degree.

Dean's Discretionary Fund

Support activities such as Rebuilding Democracy Lecture Series, community engagement and student support for research.

Departments and Centers

Invest in your home department or interdisciplinary center and support students in the classroom and as they pursue research and scholarship.


$50,000
Wirth-Evans Challenge for the Department of History
NIU alumna Dr. Mary Wirth ’74 and Dr. Dennis Evans want to inspire gifts to the Department of History during Thousands Strong. When 100 gifts are made, their $50,000 gift to the William P. Wirth Memorial Fund in History will be added to the Day of Giving totals. This fund honors one of the department’s proud alumni and supports the needs of today’s History students.
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$25,000
Lamb Challenge for Project Finish Line
When 20 gifts are made to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Finish Line Scholarship Fund, $25,000 from Mark and Donna Lamb will be added to the Thousand Strong totals.
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$500
Five Hundred from Faculty for Environmental Studies
The faculty for NIU's Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, & Energy are encouraging gifts to Environmental Studies. When $1,000 is donated to Environmental Studies, it unlocks their collective gift of $500 for student scholarships in their program.
$1,000 Goal
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