13,454
Students
Financial aid thermometer
12,759
Avg. Financial Aid
Moderate
Admission Difficulty
53
53%
Acceptance Rate
Small town
Setting
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Overview

Northern Illinois University is a University institution located in De Kalb, IL, in a small town setting.

Location & Contact

Address Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
DeKalb, IL  60115-2857
United States
Contact Katy Saalfeld
Acting Director of Admissions
Email: admissions@niu.edu
Phone: 815-753-0446

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Management Information Systems Checkmark
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Marketing/marketing Management Checkmark
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Foods, Nutrition, And Wellness Checkmark
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

14,641
Applied
7,806
Accepted
13,454
Enrolled
53%
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Female Admissions

8,198
Females Applied
4,471
Females Accepted
55%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

6,443
Males Applied
3,335
Males Accepted
52%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

40
Application Fee
3.26
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Other requirements exist (see below)
Other requirements: High school class rank

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen August 1st Not reported
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer August 1st Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
ACT Composite 22 19 24

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

9,466
In-state
18,931
Out-of-state
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Fees

2,796
Full-time student fees
10,880
Room & board
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens
Employees

Financial Aid

12,759
Avg. Financial Aid Package
14,067
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
16,042
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,662
Avg. Loan Aid
4,194
Avg. Grant Aid
8,232
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
61%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
7%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

13,454
Total undergrad students
2%
International Students
3%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 17.9%
Black or African American 15.78%
White or Caucasian 54.8%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.13%
Asian 5.38%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.1%
Two or more races 3.66%
Other 0.36%

Gender

Male (50.19%)
Female (49.81%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 27%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Homecoming, NIU Cares Day and Welcome Day

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
American Marketing Association, Delta Sigma Pi, Pi Sigma Epsilon, Black Choir and Student Volunteer Choir

Campus Security & Safety

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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery Checkmark No No
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 1 Checkmark
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running No No No
Football Checkmark Division 1A Checkmark
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Gymnastics No No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
Wrestling No Division 1 Checkmark
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery Checkmark No No
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Checkmark No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Gymnastics No Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving No Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
Wrestling No No No

Faculty

1,067
Total Faculty
14:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 808
Part-time - 259
Male - 541
Female - 526