Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, IL

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, IL

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At Northeastern, you thrive among family.

Your choice
You’re going to college and the possibilities are endless. What will your major be? Which clubs will you join? Only you can decide, but we can help you make some of the most important decisions about your future. Why should you choose Northeastern Illinois University?

As one of the most diverse universities in the nation, we provide ourstudents an affordable, quality education with more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure, and endorsement programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business.

In its latest “Best Colleges” publication, U.S. News & World Report ranked Northeastern as the most ethnically diverse public regional university in the Midwest. Northeastern has been on the list since 1997, the first year U.S. News & World Report established the category.

Northeastern’s 67-acre Main Campus on the Northwest Side of Chicago is a welcoming community to the almost 7,500 students who attend Northeastern. 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
Students can take advantage of our residence hall’s convenient location and unmatched amenities. The Nest is located centrally on the Main Campus and includes features such as a fitness center, computer center, recreation lounge, billiards, foosball, air hockey, and much more.

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 look for. 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 symposia, 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. Northeastern also offers tutoring, consulting, disability services, international study tours, and Alternative Spring Breaks.

Your environment
Northeastern offers student leadership and civic and community engagement opportunities. In additionto a lively arts community, there aremore than 100 student organizations, including Greek life and cultural 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, then spend the afternoon studying while stretched out on the University Commons. 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 safe community filled with residential homes on tree-lined streets. The diversity of Chicago is reflected in the shops and restaurants that are all just walking distance from the University. International students are never far from the food and other items they are used to at home.

Your jobs
International students are allowed to work on campus part-time for up to 20 hours per week under the provisions of the F-1 visa. Graduate student assistance is offered through the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Some programs offer curricular practical training for international students for part-time work. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is available after your degree is completed.

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.

Now that you’ve taken a closer look at our University, find out about our admission process at


Chicago, ILLINOIS, is indisputably one of the world’s greatest cities. It is a focal point for business, technology, art, food, architecture, and sports. There is never an excuse for boredom in this international city. Whether you’re on the beaches of Lake Michigan or walking down the upscale shopping district of Michigan Avenue, Chicago never disappoints.


Type of school: Northeastern Illinois University is a fully accredited learning and research community, with its Main Campus in a safe residential neighborhood on the Northwest Side of Chicago, plus three other locations in the area.

Size of Campus: The Main Campus sits on 67 acres.

Number of Students: 7,423 students; 58% female, 40% male, 2% unknown

Number of Faculty: 15:1 student-faculty ratio

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
Top 10 majors:
1. Computer Science
2. Psychology
3. Social Work
4. Accounting
5. Interdisciplinary Studies
6. Biology
7. Management
8. Communication, Media, and Theatre
9. Finance
10. Justice Studies

Geographic Diversity: More than 100 countries are represented by our student body.

International Student Services: Pre-arrival support, airport pickup, comprehensive orientation, ongoing support and assistance, maintaining visa compliance with Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation

Office of International Programs

The Intensive English Program (SAELL) holistically develops the English proficiency of international students. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and it can provide a way to obtain conditional admission. The TOEFL exam is administered in the course. Learn more at

International Student Budget:
• Total international student tuition and fees: $26,760 (total tuition and mandatory fees based on 2019–2020 costs for 15 credit hours per semester over two semesters, 30 credits total)
• Campus housing costs about $9,450 per academic year.

International students are eligible for most grants and scholarships awarded by the NEIU Foundation. Graduate students are also eligible for graduate assistantships, which cover tuition and provide a stipend.

• For undergraduate admission: TOEFL: 500 (paper based), 173 (computer based), 61 (internet based); IELTS: 6
• For graduate admission: TOEFL: 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), 79 (internet based); IELTS: 6.5
Application Deadlines and Fees: The deadlines to apply for undergraduate or graduate admission for international applicants are:
• Fall admission: June 15*
• Spring admission: October 1*
• Full and first-half summer admission: March 1*
• Second-half summer admission: April 1*
* These deadlines do not apply to the graduate Counseling and Social Work programs.

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