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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?

11,788 Full-Time Undergraduates
$23,140 Avg Cost After Aid
53% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at NIU.
  • 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.

Northern Illinois University Rankings

College Factual ranked NIU as #716 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #28 out of 61 schools in Illinois.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that NIU has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for NIU

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for the Money 142
Best Colleges for Veterans 443
Best Colleges for Diversity 452
Best Colleges for International Students 453
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 622
Best Colleges 716

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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36
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?

$23,140 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
7.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NIU is $23,140. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for NIU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$20,754 $20,645 $22,372 $25,716 $28,446

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

11,788 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 13,457 undergraduate students at NIU, with 11,788 being full-time and 1,669 being part-time.

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

There are also 4,588 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 11,788 full-time undergraduates at NIU, 50% are male and 50% 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 626
Black or African American 1,949
Hispanic or Latino 2,119
White 6,332
International Students 239
Other Races/Ethnicities 523

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Northern Illinois University awarded 6,882 undergraduate degrees and 3,160 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 167 110 0
Allied Health Professions 0 16 0 0
Anthropology 0 14 12 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 6 0
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 15 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 178 206 0
Chemistry 0 44 3 10
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 3 4
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 29 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 192 9 0
Communication Sciences 0 41 24 8
Computer Information Systems 0 0 91 0
Computer Science 0 150 72 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 8 9
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 58 12 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 27 17 0
Economics 0 36 8 5
Educational Administration 0 0 73 16
Educational Assessment 0 0 4 0
Electrical Engineering 0 81 18 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 12 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 78 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 77 11 1
General Biology 0 118 15 6
General Education 0 0 12 0
General Engineering Technology 0 98 0 0
General English Literature 0 63 14 3
General Psychology 0 187 17 18
Geography & Cartography 0 15 3 4
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 13 7 1
Germanic Languages 0 2 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 74 26 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 172 0 0
History 0 58 5 2
Human Development & Family Studies 0 124 15 0
Human Services 0 27 0 0
Industrial Engineering 0 28 55 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 32 12
Journalism 0 26 0 0
Law 0 0 0 85
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 75 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 82 0 0
Marketing 0 163 0 0
Mathematics 0 60 9 3
Mechanical Engineering 0 170 43 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 55 0 0
Music 0 31 28 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 30 0 0
Nursing 0 136 22 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 4
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0
Philosophy 0 13 8 0
Physics 0 9 4 7
Political Science & Government 0 73 6 5
Public Administration 0 0 45 0
Public Health 0 34 22 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 11 30
Romance Languages 0 35 1 0
Sociology 0 75 7 0
Special Education 0 46 46 0
Statistics 0 0 9 0
Student Counseling 0 0 40 4
Taxation 0 0 17 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 112 7 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 23 118 0
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 10 0 0
Total 0 6,882 2,686 474

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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