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Tuition & Fees

$10,678

$19,956

not including room and board

in-state out-of-state More Financial Details

Selective

52%

acceptance rate

Accepted 10,278
Declined + 9,485
Total Received 19,763
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undergraduateRatios

50%

50%

male

female

1  :  17

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Nursing
  2. Communications/Journalism
  3. Allied Health/Communicative Disorders
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School Facts

Northern Illinois, founded in 1895, is a public university. Its 800-acre campus is located in DeKalb, IL, 65 miles west of Chicago.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 21,138
Established in 1895
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ABA (American Bar Association)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  APA (American Psychological Association)
•  APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
•  AUCC (Associations of Universities and Colleges of Canada)
•  CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health)
•  CORE (Council on Rehabilitation Education)
•  NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences)
•  NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)
•  NCACS (North Central Assn. of Colleges and Schools)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NLN (National League for Nursing)

Codes

SAT 1559
ACT 1102

Public

15,814

undergraduate students

5,324

graduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

30-36
6%
24-29
28%
18-23
46%
12-17
17%
6-11
3%
Below 6
0
30-36
4%
24-29
32%
18-23
40%
12-17
24%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
4%
24-29
29%
18-23
53%
12-17
14%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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DeKalb, IL

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DeKalb, IL

800-acre campus in DeKalb (population: 43,842), 65 miles from Chicago; branch campuses in Hoffman Estates and Rockford. Served by bus; major airport serves Chicago; smaller airport serves Rockford (40 miles); train serves Geneva (35 miles). School operates transportation to Chicago on weekends.

Northern Illinois University
231 North Annie Glidden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
28%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
91%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
20 fraternities 9% of male students
 
12 sororities 7% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
12%
Top 1/4
34%
Top 1/2
70%
Bottom 1/2
30%
Bottom 1/4
6%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

30-36
6%
24-29
28%
18-23
46%
12-17
17%
6-11
3%
Below 6
0
30-36
4%
24-29
32%
18-23
40%
12-17
24%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
4%
24-29
29%
18-23
53%
12-17
14%
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $40
Common application accepted no
Application deadline March 1 (priority deadline)
August 1
School has early decision program no
School has early action program
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Recommended
SAT or ACT Required

Selective

52%

acceptance rate

Accepted 10,278
Declined + 9,485
Total Received 19,763

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Class rank
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Considered

Essay
Extracurricular activities
Interview
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Geographical residence
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

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Admissions Contact

Sharon Handelsman
Interim Director of Admissions
P: 800 892-3050 (in-state)
F: 815 753-1783
admissions@niu.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $30,561,761
State $22,637,067
Institutional $11,172,231
Other external $2,607,985
Total $66,979,044

Non-need-based

Federal $6,087
State $795,345
Institutional $3,941,478
Other external $1,039,629
Total $5,782,539

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
football
golf
gymnastics
soccer
softball
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
wrestling

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Mid-America Conference (Division I, Football I-A)
Mascot
Huskies
School colors
red and black

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accountancy
Accounting Science
Adult Continuing Education
Adult/Higher Education
Adult/Higher Education Counseling
Anthropology
Applied Family/Child Studies
Applied Mathematics
Applied Physics
Applied Probability/Statistics
Art Education
Art History
Arts
Athletic Training
Audiology
Biochemistry
Bioinformatics
Biological Sciences
Blind Rehabilitation
Business Administration
Chemistry
Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Communication Studies
Communications
Communicative Disorders
Comparative/Developmental Administration
Computational Mathematics
Computer Science
Counseling
Criminology
Curriculum/Instruction
Curriculum/Instruction/Curriculum Leadership
Curriculum/Instruction/Elementary Education
Curriculum/Instruction/Secondary Education
Curriculum/Leadership
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Special Education
Early Childhood Studies
Economics
Educational Administration
Educational Psychology
Educational Research/Evaluation
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
English
Environmental Studies
Family/Child Studies
Finance
Fine Arts
Fiscal Administration
Foreign Languages/Literature
Foundation of Education
French
General Studies
Geography
Geology
Geology/Environmental Geosciences
German
Health Education
Health Promotion
Health Sciences
Health Services Management
History
Human Anatomical Sciences
Human Service Administration
Industrial Engineering
Instructional Technology
Journalism
Kinesiology
Literacy Education
Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing
Marriage/Family Therapy
Mathematical Science
Mathematical Sciences
Mathematics
Mathematics Education
Mechanical Engineering
Meteorology
Music
Nursing
Nutrition/Dietetics
Operations/Information Management
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physical Therapy
Physics
Physics Education
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Health
Public Management
Pure Mathematics
Reading Education
Rehabilitation Counseling
School Business Management
Science Education
Science in Taxation
Secondary Education
Sociology
Spanish
Special Education
Speech-Language Pathology
Sports Management
Studio Art
Technology
Theatre Arts
Urban Management
Visual Impairment
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Undergraduate

75%

15,814
students

Female
50%
7,888

Male
50%
7,926

Graduate

25%

5,324
students

Female
56%
2,988

Male
44%
2,336

undergraduateFull-time

87%

13,821
students

Female
50%
6,902

Male
50%
6,919

undergraduatePart-time

13%

1,993
students

Female
50%
986

Male
50%
1,007

Student Break-down

1%
Nonresident aliens
17%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
13%
Hispanic/Latino
59%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

69%

Transfer applicants accepted

51%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview
Standardized test scores Recommended of Some
Essay or personal statement Required of Some

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: July 15

Spring: December 1

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 41
Countries most often represented China
India
Nigeria
Pakistan
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Special services offered for international applicants English lab
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Sim Chin
Acting Director, International Student & Faculty Office
815 753-8276
isfo@niu.edu

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