Tuition & Fees

$12,261

$12,261

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

30-36
7%
24-29
24%
18-23
48%
12-17
20%
6-11
1%
30-36
4%
24-29
31%
18-23
40%
12-17
25%
30-36
5%
24-29
27%
18-23
54%
12-17
14%
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undergraduateRatios

50%

male

50%

female

1

teacher

14

students

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Selective

53%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,806
Declined + 6,835
Total Received 14,641
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Public

13,454

undergraduate students

4,588

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Communications/journalism
  2. Psychology
  3. Accountancy
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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 18,042
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
27%
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

 
26 fraternities 4% of male students
 
20 sororities 3% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
13%
Top 1/4
37%
Top 1/2
73%
Bottom 1/2
27%
Bottom 1/4
6%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

30-36
7%
24-29
24%
18-23
48%
12-17
20%
6-11
1%
30-36
4%
24-29
31%
18-23
40%
12-17
25%
30-36
5%
24-29
27%
18-23
54%
12-17
14%

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 Subject Tests Recommended
SAT or ACT Required

Selective

53%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,806
Declined + 6,835
Total Received 14,641

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

Katy Saalfeld
Acting 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

$12,759

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 - $12,759
Total with Avg. Aid $11,782

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $28,460,035
State $20,833,604
Institutional $12,528,961
Other external $1,821,953
Total $63,644,553

Non-need-based

Federal $1,068,997
State $752,747
Institutional $5,318,616
Other external $702,901
Total $7,843,261
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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 Continuing Education
Adult/Higher Education
Adult/Higher Education Counseling
Anthropology
Applied Family/Child Studies
Applied Management/Instructional Technology/Training/Evaluation
Applied Management/Public Service
Applied Mathematics
Applied Physics
Applied Probability/Statistics
Art
Art Education
Art History
Art/Design Education
Arts
Athletic Training
Audiology
Biochemistry
Bioinformatics
Biological Sciences
Blind Rehabilitation
Business Administration
Chemistry
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
Dance Performance
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
Fashion Merchandising
Finance
Fine Arts
Fiscal Administration
Foreign Languages/Literature
Foreign Languages/Literatures
Foundation of Education
French
General Studies
Geography
Geology
Geology/Environmental Geosciences
German
Health Promotion
Health Sciences
Health Services Management
History
Hospitality/Tourism Management
Human Anatomical Sciences
Human Development/Family 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
Medical Laboratory Sciences
Meteorology
Middle Level Teaching/Learning
Music
Non Profit/NGO Studies
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
Rehabilitation/Disability Services
School Business Management
Science Education
Science in Taxation
Secondary Education
Sociology
Spanish
Special Education
Speech-Language Pathology
Sports Management
Studio Art
Technology
Theatre Arts
Theatre Studies
Urban Management
Visual Impairment
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Communications/journalism
  2. Psychology
  3. Accountancy

Programs Offered

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

Pre-professional Programs

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

18,042

total students

97%

in-state

3%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

75%

13,454
students

Female
50%
6,702

Male
50%
6,752

25%

4,588
students

Female
54%
2,465

Male
46%
2,123

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

87%

11,788
students

Female
51%
5,952

Male
49%
5,836

13%

1,666
students

Female
46%
750

Male
54%
916

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Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
16%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
18%
Hispanic/Latino
55%
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

76%

Transfer applicants accepted

56%

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

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 48
Countries most often represented China
India
Malaysia
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
Director, International Student & Faculty Office
815 753-8276
isfo@niu.edu

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