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Northern Illinois University Overview

Northern Illinois University is a public institution located in Dekalb, Illinois. Dekalb is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is Northern Illinois University Known For?

3,441 Undergraduate Awards
$22,638 Avg Cost After Aid
53% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at NIU is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 75% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, NIU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $45,500 a year. That's about 12% more than their peers at other schools.

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Northern 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.

NIU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#160 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#168 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NIU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Physical Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Taxation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Social Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Mathematics & Statistics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Value Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Value History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Value English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#145 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards NIU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#6 Best Value Colleges for Physical Sciences College Factual
#11 Best Value Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#14 Best Value Colleges for History College Factual
#23 Best Value Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#41 Best Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#98 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual

Where Is Northern Illinois University?

Location of Northern Illinois University

Contact details for NIU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., Dekalb, IL 60115-2828
Phone: 800-892-3050
Website: www.niu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NorthernIllUniv
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NIUlive

How Do I Get Into NIU?

You can apply to NIU online at: www.niu.edu/apply/index.shtml

Admission Requirements for NIU

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

How Hard Is It To Get Into NIU?

53% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
NIU has an acceptance rate of 53%, 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 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 52%, and the acceptance rate for women is 55%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to NIU submitted their SAT scores.NIU received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 24. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Northern Illinois University  ( 18 to 24 )
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ACT Math Scores for Northern Illinois University  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Northern Illinois University  ( 19 to 24 )
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36

Can I Afford Northern Illinois University?

$22,638 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
7.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NIU is $22,638. 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 NIU, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $7,177 a year. That adds up to $28,708 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NIU is 7.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Northern Illinois University Undergraduate Student Diversity

10,567 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 12,131 undergraduate students at NIU, with 10,567 being full-time and 1,564 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  NIU

There are also 4,478 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 10,567 full-time undergraduates at NIU, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NIU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NIU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 607
Black or African American 1,984
Hispanic or Latino 2,041
White 5,274
International Students 221
Other Races/Ethnicities 440

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Northern Illinois University. At this time, 20 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 78 countries are represented at NIU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Northern Illinois University

649 Took All Classes Online
2,027 Took At Least One Class Online
9.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,027 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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Online Growth Rankings of NIU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northern Illinois University was 9.1%. This is the #1,397 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NIU 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%.

Northern Illinois University Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 178 0 206 0 384
Accounting 167 0 110 0 277
Computer Science 150 0 72 0 222
General Psychology 187 0 17 18 222
Mechanical Engineering 170 0 43 0 213
Communication & Media Studies 192 0 9 0 201
Health/Medical Prep Programs 172 0 0 0 172
Marketing 163 0 0 0 163
Nursing 136 0 22 0 158
Teacher Education Subject Specific 23 0 118 0 141
General Biology 118 0 15 6 139
Human Development & Family Studies 124 0 15 0 139
Teacher Education Grade Specific 112 0 7 0 119
Educational Administration 0 19 73 16 108
Health & Physical Education 74 0 26 0 100
Electrical Engineering 81 0 18 0 99
General Engineering Technology 98 0 0 0 98
Special Education 46 0 46 0 92
Computer Information Systems 0 0 91 0 91
Fine & Studio Arts 77 0 11 1 89
Law 0 0 0 85 85
Political Science & Government 73 0 6 5 84
Industrial Engineering 28 0 55 0 83
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 82 0 0 0 82
Sociology 75 0 7 0 82
General English Literature 63 0 14 3 80
Finance & Financial Management 78 0 0 0 78
Liberal Arts General Studies 75 0 0 0 75
Communication Sciences 41 0 24 8 73
Mathematics 60 0 9 3 72
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 58 0 12 0 70
Music 31 8 28 0 67
History 58 0 5 2 65
Chemistry 44 0 3 10 57
Public Health 34 0 22 0 56
Mental & Social Health Services 55 0 0 0 55
Economics 36 0 8 5 49
Public Administration 0 0 45 0 45
Instructional Media Design 0 0 32 12 44
Student Counseling 0 0 40 4 44
Drama & Theater Arts 27 0 17 0 44
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 11 30 41
Romance Languages 35 0 1 0 36
Natural Resources Conservation 30 0 0 0 30
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 29 0 0 0 29
Human Services 27 0 0 0 27
Journalism 26 0 0 0 26
Anthropology 14 0 12 0 26
Geography & Cartography 15 0 3 4 22
Philosophy 13 0 8 0 21
Geological & Earth Sciences 13 0 7 1 21
Physics 9 0 4 7 20
Taxation 0 0 17 0 17
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 8 9 17
Allied Health Professions 16 0 0 0 16
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 15 0 0 0 15
General Education 0 0 12 0 12
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 12 0 12
Textile & Apparel Studies 10 0 0 0 10
Statistics 0 0 9 0 9
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 3 4 7
Applied Mathematics 0 0 6 0 6
Educational Assessment 0 0 4 0 4
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 4 4
Germanic Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 3,441 27 1,343 237 5,048

References

*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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