|1956 record 1–8 (0–6 IIAC)|
|Conference Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference|
Head coach Howard Fletcher (1st year)
Home stadium Glidden Field (Capacity: 5,500)
The 1956 Northern Illinois State Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois State College in the 1956 college football season. This was the first year that the NCAA divided schools into "University" and "College" divisions, with the Huskies being assigned to the College Division, and competing in the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. They were led by first year head coach Howard Fletcher and played their home games at the 5,500 seat Glidden Field, located on the east end of campus.