Northern Illinois University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Northern Illinois University

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Northern Illinois University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 54%. Chartered in 1895 and located in Dekalb, Illinois, Northern Illinois offers over 100 areas of undergraduate study. NIU has a 16-to-1 student / faculty ratio, and high-achieving students might consider the University Honors Program which offers small classes and opportunities for independent research. Campus life is active with over 320 student clubs and organizations. In athletics, the Northern Illinois University Huskies compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference.

Considering applying to Northern Illinois University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Northern Illinois University had an acceptance rate of 54%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 54 students were admitted, making NIU's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 14,157
Percent Admitted 54%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 24%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Northern Illinois University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 51% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 490 600
Math 480 590
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Northern Illinois University's admitted students fall within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to NIU scored between 490 and 600, while 25% scored below 490 and 25% scored above 600. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 480 and 590, while 25% scored below 480 and 25% scored above 590. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1190 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Northern Illinois University.

Requirements

Northern Illinois University does not require the optional SAT writing section, but will consider it if submitted. Note that Northern Illinois does not superscore SAT results, your highest composite SAT score from a single test date will be considered. 

ACT Scores and Requirements

Northern Illinois University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 30% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 18 25
Math 18 25
Composite 19 25

This admissions data tells us that most of Northern Illinois University's admitted students fall within the bottom 46% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to NIU received a composite ACT score between 19 and 25, while 25% scored above 25 and 25% scored below 19.

Requirements

Note that Northern Illinois University does not supescore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. NIU does not require the optional ACT writing section, but will consider it if submitted.

GPA

Northern Illinois University does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Northern Illinois University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Northern Illinois University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Northern Illinois University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Northern Illinois University, which accepts over half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average range, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Minimum admission standards include an ACT of at least 19, or an SAT of 990 or higher combined with a minimum GPA of 2.75, or class rank in the top 50%. Applicants with higher test scores and lower GPAs are also eligible for admission to Northern Illinois University.

The university requires applicants to have completed four years of high school English, three years of math, three years of science (including at least one year of lab science), three years of social studies (including U.S. History or U.S. Government), and two years of foreign language, art, or music. Applicants who do not meet the minimum standards for admission may still be considered for admission through Additional Review.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of students admitted to Northern Illinois University had GPAs of about 2.5 or higher, an ACT composite score above 18, and a combined SAT score (ERW+M) above 950. Your chances of being admitted will be better if your grades and test scores are above these lower ranges.

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