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Northeastern Illinois University Overview

Northeastern Illinois University is a public institution situated in Chicago, Illinois. The location of Northeastern Illinois University is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Northeastern Illinois University Known For?

1,454 Undergraduate Awards
$34,271 Avg Cost After Aid
69% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Northeastern Illinois University.
  • In 2017-2018, 56% of the faculty were full-time.

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Northeastern Illinois University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Northeastern Illinois University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Area Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Ethnic Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Most Popular Linguistics & Comparative Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Most Popular Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Most Popular Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#151 Most Popular Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Northeastern Illinois University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#62 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#73 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual

Where Is Northeastern Illinois University?

Location of Northeastern Illinois University

Contact details for Northeastern Illinois University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5500 N Saint Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60625-4699
Phone: 773-583-4050

How Do I Get Into Northeastern Illinois University?

You can apply to Northeastern Illinois University online at:

Admission Requirements for Northeastern Illinois University

Submission Required?
High School GPA neither required nor recommended
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Northeastern Illinois University?

69% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
1% Submit SAT Scores
Northeastern Illinois University has an acceptance rate of 69%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 66%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 1% of students accepted to Northeastern Illinois University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 551. Math scores were between 360 and 490.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northeastern Illinois University  ( 550 to 551 )

SAT Math Scores for Northeastern Illinois University  ( 360 to 490 )
Northeastern Illinois University received ACT scores from 98% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 14 and 20. Math scores were between 15 and 19. Composite scores were between 15 and 19.

ACT English Scores for Northeastern Illinois University  ( 14 to 20 )
ACT Math Scores for Northeastern Illinois University  ( 15 to 19 )
ACT Composite Scores for Northeastern Illinois University  ( 15 to 19 )

Can I Afford Northeastern Illinois University?

$34,271 Net Price
24% Take Out Loans
5.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Northeastern Illinois University is $34,271. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Northeastern Illinois University, approximately 24% of students took out student loans averaging $6,073 a year. That adds up to $24,292 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Northeastern Illinois University is 5.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Northeastern Illinois University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,294 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,700 undergraduate students at Northeastern Illinois University, with 3,294 being full-time and 2,406 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Northeastern Illinois University

There are also 1,723 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,294 full-time undergraduates at Northeastern Illinois University, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Northeastern Illinois University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northeastern Illinois University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Northeastern Illinois University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 330
Black or African American 375
Hispanic or Latino 1,288
White 817
International Students 99
Other Races/Ethnicities 385

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Northeastern Illinois University. At this time, 7 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 44 countries are represented at Northeastern Illinois University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Saudi Arabia, and Mongolia.

Online Learning at Northeastern Illinois University

197 Took All Classes Online
1,400 Took At Least One Class Online
8.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,400 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Northeastern Illinois University has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of Northeastern Illinois University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northeastern Illinois University was 8.6%. This is the #1,421 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Northeastern Illinois University regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Northeastern Illinois University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Social Work 136 41 177
Liberal Arts General Studies 170 0 170
Educational Administration 0 127 127
Accounting 97 25 122
Computer Science 106 10 116
General Psychology 114 0 114
General Biology 90 11 101
Business Administration & Management 49 26 75
Communication & Media Studies 68 4 72
Criminal Justice & Corrections 70 0 70
Teacher Education Grade Specific 42 14 56
Finance & Financial Management 54 0 54
Human Resource Management 50 4 54
General English Literature 45 6 51
Special Education 12 38 50
General Business/Commerce 44 0 44
History 30 11 41
Political Science & Government 26 14 40
Marketing 38 0 38
Teacher Education Subject Specific 13 23 36
Sociology 33 0 33
Mental & Social Health Services 5 27 32
Ethnic Studies 15 10 25
Student Counseling 0 22 22
Mathematics 13 8 21
Economics 21 0 21
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 20 20
Natural Resources Conservation 20 0 20
Chemistry 10 10 20
Fine & Studio Arts 20 0 20
Music 11 6 17
Teaching English or French 0 15 15
Romance Languages 11 0 11
Health & Physical Education 0 9 9
Philosophy 9 0 9
Geography & Cartography 7 0 7
Curriculum & Instruction 0 6 6
Multilingual Education 6 0 6
Public Health 6 0 6
Anthropology 6 0 6
International Studies 4 0 4
Other Social Sciences 0 4 4
Area Studies 0 3 3
Gerontology 0 3 3
Physics 3 0 3
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,454 497 1,951


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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