Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, IL

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, IL

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NEIU is for you. Together, we break barriers.

You’ve come this far! Now continue the journey and earn your degree from Northeastern Illinois University, where opportunities are limitless both near and far.

One of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation, we provide our students an affordable, quality education with more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences, education, and business. Northeastern offers extremely competitive tuition rates guaranteed for four consecutive years. Students from Illinois’s neighboring states pay in-state tuition, as do active military duty students, veterans, their spouses, and dependents. We help you identify grants, scholarships, employment, and loans so when you graduate, you’re counting the money you earn, not the money you owe.

Northeastern offers classes on weekdays, evenings, weekends, and online, allowing students to strike a balance between work, school, and life.

In addition to our Main Campus in the North Park neighborhood of Chicago, we also have locations in the Avondale and Bronzeville neighborhoods and in Grayslake, Illinois.

Your transition
Northeastern’s Transfer Center will guide you every step of the way in making the transition from your prior college or colleges. We are your gateway to the many resources available to you as a new student. Start with an easy application process and an explanation of how your credits will transfer. We’ll put you in contact with our Financial Aid office for help identifying resources to pay for school. From there our orientation programs aim to support your transition to Northeastern and help build your foundation for academic success.

Northeastern accepts transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions. The maximum number of transferable credits is 90 semester hours from four-year institutions and 64 semester hours from community colleges.

Students wishing to transfer to Northeastern must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for all college course work attempted and be in good academic standing at the last college attended. Students who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours must meet the freshman admission criteria. Students graduating with an AA or AS degree, or who complete the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), have fulfilled Northeastern’s general education requirements.

Your education
Once you get started at Northeastern, our faculty will prepare you to think critically, adapt to change, solve problems, and become a leader in your chosen field—qualities employers seek. Along your academic journey, internships and research opportunities are excellent avenues for exploring and gaining practical experience; they look great on résumés and give you a distinct advantage in any job search. We support student research through symposiums, independent studies, and research positions.

Northeastern offers several academic support programs, including the University Honors Program, which gives students an edge when entering the professional world or graduate school. This exceptional curriculum helps you develop and conduct a research or creative project such as an Honors thesis.

Your environment
Northeastern offers student leadership and civic and community engagement opportunities. In addition to a lively arts community, there are more than 100 student organizations, including sororities, fraternities, and major-specific clubs for students in the arts, sciences, business, and education. And if you want to break a sweat? Northeastern has more than 25 team and club sports, fitness classes, and outdoor adventures.

On the days you want to mix it up, spend a morning downtown shopping or visiting museums and then spend an afternoon stretched out in the University Commons studying. Northeastern offers students the best of both worlds—access to all Chicago has to offer and a retreat from its hustle and bustle.

Northeastern’s Main Campus is located in a quiet community filled with residential homes on tree-lined streets. The diversity of Chicago is reflected within the shops and restaurants that are just walking distance from the University. Whether you’re craving sushi, falafel, tacos, or pizza, the city offers hungry visitors a variety of choices.

Your next step
At Northeastern you’ll make friends from all walks of life, but your experience isn’t limited to your time on campus. Take advantage of the University’s connections to explore all of Chicago’s cultural and professional opportunities.
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#3 public university in its diverse student population ranking among Midwest regional universities | U.S. News & World Report


#8 in economic diversity | U.S. News & World Report


#28 Illinois public university in its social mobility ranking | U.S. News & World Report


The first four-year public university in the Midwest federally designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution


For the seventh year in a row, Northeastern has earned U.S. News & World Report’s #1 spot for students who graduate with the least amount of debt among Midwest regional universities.


For the fourth year in a row, Northeastern is ranked #1 among all Midwest colleges and universities as the most diverse by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking.


Chicago, Illinois

Located in a safe, diverse neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side, Northeastern’s Main Campus offers rich cultural, recreational and supportive amenities. El Centro and the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies have deep roots in their neighborhoods, offering events and supportive services.

A class on us. For you.

NEIU For You Transfer Scholarship
At Northeastern, we believe in empowering tomorrow’s leaders and changemakers.

That belief guides every decision we make. That’s why we’re covering the cost of a three-credit hour class during Spring 2023 or Fall 2023! Spend more time studying, pursuing your passions, and stepping forward into your future with confidence with NEIU For You. Let’s break barriers together!

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