Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL

Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL

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Tuition & Fees

$12,261

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

Not Reported

Not Reported

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undergraduateRatios

49%

male

51%

female

13

students

1

faculty

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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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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.

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Public/private Public
Campus enrollment 16,609
Established in 1895
Coeducational Coeducational

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.

  • Campus Setting: Small town
  • Metropolitan area: Chicago
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: O'Hare International

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
yes
Students through freshman year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman priority housing
yes
Coed housing

Top Organizations

  • American Marketing Association
  • Delta Sigma Pi
  • Pi Sigma Epsilon
  • Black Choir
  • Student Volunteer Choir

Top Events

  • Homecoming
  • NIU Cares Day
  • Welcome Day
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Student patrols
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
14%
Top 1/4
39%
Top 1/2
72%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

Not Reported

Not Reported

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions no
Application fee $40
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.4

Selective

48%

acceptance rate

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

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
class rank
rigor of secondary school record
standardized test scores

Considered

extracurricular activities
application essay
interview
racial/ethnic status
recommendation(s)
talent/ability

Not Considered

alumni/ae relation
character/personal qualities
geographical residence
religious affiliation/commitment
state residency
volunteer work
work experience

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International Facts

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 49
Accepts International Baccalaureate no
Offers English as a second language no

Financial Aid

97%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$4,912

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $9,466
Room & board $10,880
Additional fees $2,795
Books & supplies $1,400
Other fees $2,220
Total $26,761
Average Financial Aid - $4,912
Total with Avg. Aid $21,849
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Financial Facts

Tuition guarenteed plan yes
Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for children of alumni yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-country running
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intramural Sports Men

Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Golf, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Racquetball, Rugby, Skiing (downhill), Soccer, Softball, Table tennis, Tennis, Track and field, Volleyball, Water polo, Weight lifting

Intramural Sports Women

Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross-country running, Football, Golf, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Racquetball, Rugby, Skiing (downhill), Soccer, Softball, Table tennis, Tennis, Track and field, Volleyball, Water polo, Weight lifting

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Divison I

Majors

Assc. Bach.
Accounting
Anthropology
Apparel and Textiles, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General
Athletic Training/Trainer
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Chemistry, General
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
Computer Science
Dietetics/Dietitian
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Economics, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Elementary Education and Teaching
Engineering Technology, General
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Studies
Finance, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Geography
Geology/Earth Science, General
Health Teacher Education
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
History, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Services, General
Industrial Engineering
Journalism
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Management Science
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music Performance, General
Music, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Philosophy
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Sociology
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
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Programs Offered

  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees
  • Army ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

Other Programs

  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

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 Facts

Freshman retention rate 73%
Student 4 year graduation rate 25%
Student 5 year graduation rate 18%
Student 6 year graduation rate 6%

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
19%
Hispanic/Latino
51%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

1,611

Transfer students enrolled

10%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment yes
Accepts CLEP subject tests yes
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred yes

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: August 1

Transfer difficulty

Moderately difficult

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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

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

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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