Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL

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

Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL

Tuition & Fees

$12,261

$12,261

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
3%
600-699
20%
500-599
42%
400-499
32%
300-399
3%
700-800
4%
600-699
17%
500-599
46%
400-499
26%
300-399
7%
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undergraduateRatios

49%

male

51%

female

1

teacher

13

students

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Selective

48%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,588
Declined + 8,105
Total Received 15,693
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Public

12,131

undergraduate students

4,478

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Communication Studies
  2. Psychology
  3. Mechanical Engineering
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Codes

SAT 1559
ACT 1102
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Location

School Facts

Northern Illinois University, 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 16,609
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)
•  HLC Higher Learning Commission
•  NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences)
•  NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NLN (National League for Nursing)
•  SACS (Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools)

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DeKalb, IL

800-acre campus in DeKalb (population: 43,193), 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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
30%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
90%
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

 
23 fraternities 3% of male students
 
18 sororities 3% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
14%
Top 1/4
39%
Top 1/2
72%
Bottom 1/2
28%
Bottom 1/4
5%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
3%
600-699
20%
500-599
42%
400-499
32%
300-399
3%
700-800
4%
600-699
17%
500-599
46%
400-499
26%
300-399
7%

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 None
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required of some
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required
SAT Subject Tests Recommended

Selective

48%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,588
Declined + 8,105
Total Received 15,693

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

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

Financial Aid

61%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$12,587.00

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $9,466
Room & board $10,880
Additional fees $2,795
Books & supplies $1,400
Total $24,541
Average Financial Aid - $12,587
Total with Avg. Aid $11,954

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $27,103,548
State $21,956,081
Institutional $14,828,090
Other external $1,528,234
Total $65,415,953

Non-need-based

Federal $950,202
State $795,919
Institutional $6,153,323
Other external $640,102
Total $8,539,546
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Institution's own financial aid form

Financial Aid Office

P: 815 753-1395
F: 815 753-9475
finaid@niu.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Rebecca Babel
Director of Financial Aid

Varsity Sports

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

Sean Frazier (men's)
Athletic Director
email

Debra Boughton (women's)
Athletic Association Director
email

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/Higher Education
Adult/Higher Education Counseling
Anthropology
Applied Family/Child Studies
Applied Management/Instructional Technology/Training/Evaluation
Applied Management/Public Service
Applied Probability/Statistics
Art
Art Education
Art History
Art Studio/Design
Art/Design Education
Athletic Training
Audiology
Biochemistry
Bioinformatics
Biological Sciences
Biology Teaching
Biomedical Engineering
Business Administration
Chemistry
Child Development
Communication Studies
Communications
Communicative Disorders
Computer Science
Counseling
Curriculum/Instruction
Dance Performance
Data Analytics
Digital Marketing
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Studies
Economics
Educational Administration
Educational Leadership/Policy Studies
Educational Psychology
Educational Research/Evaluation
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Engineering Management
English
Environmental Studies
Exercise Physiology
Family Social Services
Family/Individual Development
Fashion Merchandising
Finance
General Studies
Geography
Geology
Geology/Environmental Geosciences
Health Education
Health Sciences
Higher Education/Student Affairs
Higher Education/Student Affairs Community College Leadership
History
Hospitality/Tourism Management
Human Anatomical Sciences
Human Development/Family Sciences
Industrial Engineering
Industrial Management
Instructional Technology
Integrated Systems Engineering
Journalism
Kinesiology
Literacy Education
Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing
Marriage/Family Therapy
Mathematical Science
Mathematical Sciences
Mathematics
Mathematics Education
Mechanical Engineering
Mechatronics Engineering
Medical Laboratory Sciences
Meteorology
Middle Level Teaching/Learning
Music
Non Profit/NGO Studies
Nursing
Nutrition/Dietetics
Nutrition/Dietetics/Wellness
Operations/Information Management
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physical Therapy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Health
Rehabilitation Counseling
Rehabilitation/Disability Services
School Business Management
Science in Taxation
Sociology
Spanish/Hispanic Studies
Special Education
Speech-Language Pathology
Sport Management
Sport/Exercise Psychology
Sports Management
Statistics
Statistics/Actuarial Science
Studio Art
Technology
Theatre Arts
Theatre Studies
World Languages/Cultures
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Communication Studies
  2. Psychology
  3. Mechanical Engineering

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Self-designed majors

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Engineering

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine

16,609

total students

97%

in-state

3%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

73%

12,131
students

Female
51%
6,207

Male
49%
5,924

27%

4,478
students

Female
57%
2,564

Male
43%
1,914

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

87%

10,567
students

Female
53%
5,495

Male
47%
5,072

13%

1,564
students

Female
46%
712

Male
54%
852

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Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
17%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
19%
Hispanic/Latino
51%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

71%

Transfer applicants accepted

63%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

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

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

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 transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 49
Countries most often represented Canada
China
Germany
India
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Special services offered for international applicants English lab
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Arezou Kashani
Program Director
815 753-8276
isfo@niu.edu

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