Northern Illinois University (NIU) Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

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With an acceptance rate of 52 percent, Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a somewhat selective school, Students interested in attending Northern Illinois will need to submit an application online, along with scores from the SAT or ACT, and official high school transcripts. For complete instructions, check out the school's admissions website, or contact the admissions office for assistance.

Admissions Data (2016)

Northern Illinois University Description

Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a large, public university located in Dekalb, Illinois, a small city 65 miles west of Downtown Chicago. The diverse student body comes from 122 different countries. NIU has a 15 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and high-achieving students should check out the university's Honors Program with its small classes and opportunities for independent research.

The College of Business does well in national rankings and is extremely popular among undergraduates. Chemistry is also strong, but the university has popular programs in a wide range of fields across the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. The university offers 57 undergraduate majors and 71 minors. At the graduate level, students can choose from 80 programs.

Campus life is active, and with over 300 student clubs and organizations, the university provides plenty of opportunities for undergraduates to get involved. The majority of students live off campus--the university has housing for about one third of the undergraduate population. In athletics, the Northern Illinois University Huskies compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 19,015 (14,079 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male / 49% Female
  • 88% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,204 (in-state); $23,670 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,400 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,766
  • Other Expenses: $2,584
  • Total Cost: $28,964 (in-state); $38,430 (out-of-state)

Northern Illinois University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 96%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 92%
    • Loans: 71%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,467
    • Loans: $7,435

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Community Health, Elementary Education, English, Finance, History, Human Development, Management Science, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 73%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 23%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 47%

Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Men's Sports: baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis, wrestling
  • Women's Sports: basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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