Northeastern Illinois University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Ronald Williams Library at Northeastern Illinois University
Ronald Williams Library at Northeastern Illinois University. James~Quinn / Flickr

Northeastern Illinois University Admissions Overview:

In 2016, Northeastern Illinois University accepted over two-thirds of applicants--students with a strong academic record and impressive test scores are likely to be admitted to the school. Those interested in applying to Northeastern Illinois will need to submit an application form, SAT or ACT scores, and high school transcripts. Any interested students are encouraged to visit the campus--talk to an admissions counselor to set up a tour, or to find out more about the admissions process.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Northeastern Illinois University Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Northeastern Illinois University Description:

NEIU's 67-acre campus is located in a residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago, Illinois. The university's urban location has helped it draw a diverse student body, and the school takes pride in the fact that roughly 60% of its students are African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American. Students come from over 100 countries. Northeastern Illinois University offers over 80 academic programs with professional fields in business, communications, and education being extremely popular among undergraduates. Academics are supported by a 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

The university frequently receives accolades for both its value and for the opportunities it provides to students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Student life at the university is active and students can choose from over 70 official student clubs and organizations including eight sororities and five fraternities.

Decades ago the university decided to drop its expensive intercollegiate athletic programs, so today NEIU sponsors intramurals and sports clubs, but no NAIA or NCAA teams.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 9,538 (7,665 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male / 56% Female
  • 56% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,138 (in-state); $18,514 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $2,400 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,100
  • Other Expenses: $6,489
  • Total Cost: $30,127 (in-state); $38,503 (out-of-state)

Northeastern Illinois University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 72%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 61%
    • Loans: 17%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,687
    • Loans: $4,971

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting; Biology; Business Administration; Communication, Media & Theatre; Computer Science; Criminal Justice; Elementary Education; English; Finance; History; Interdisciplinary Studies; Psychology; Social Work

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 57%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 40%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 4%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 24%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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