Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Northern Illinois University

Find Schools Near

Northern Illinois University Overview

Northern Illinois University is a public institution located in Dekalb, Illinois. The suburban atmosphere of Dekalb makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Northern Illinois University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$22,828 Avg Cost After Aid
70% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at NIU is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at NIU is the doctor's degree.
  • In <nil>, 73% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, NIU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $55,380 a year. That's about 36% more than their peers at other schools.

Where Is 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

How Do I Get Into NIU?

You can apply to NIU online at:

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 Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into NIU?

70% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 70%, NIU may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 67%, and the acceptance rate for women is 73%.

Can I Afford Northern Illinois University?

$22,828 Net Price
59% Take Out Loans
2.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NIU is $22,828. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At NIU, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $6,236 a year. That adds up to $24,944 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NIU is 2.1%. 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.

Northern Illinois University Undergraduate Student Diversity

9,994 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,834 undergraduate students at NIU, with 9,994 being full-time and 1,840 being part-time.


There are also 4,400 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,994 full-time undergraduates at NIU, 46% are male and 54% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 599
Black or African American 2,145
Hispanic or Latino 2,184
White 4,472
International Students 129
Other Races/Ethnicities 465

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

2,583 Took All Classes Online
11,295 Took At Least One Class Online
84.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 11,295 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.


This school is the 34th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of NIU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northern Illinois University was 84.2%. This is the #468 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%.


*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.

Featured Schools

Find Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited colleges across the U.S.