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#559 of 14,131 In the World
#201 of 2,597 In North America
#176 of 2,496 In the United States
#7 of 100 In Illinois
#77 of 1,017 For Early Childhood Education
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Acceptance rate
70%
Aid receiving
99%
Undergraduates
11,834
Graduates
4,400
Male:Female Ratio
45:55
Control
Public
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
www.niu.edu

Northern Illinois University Acceptance rate and admissions statistics

Northern Illinois University has an acceptance rate of 70% and is among the top 32% of the most difficult universities to gain admission to in the United States. The university reports the admission statistics without distinguishing between local and international students.

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 70% 67% 73%
Applicants 22,602 9,477 13,084
Admissions 15,922 6,396 9,502
Freshmen enrolled full time 2,147 950 1,197
Freshmen enrolled part time 138 63 75

8,712 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

2,583 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Admissions requirements

College-preparatory program Required
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Required
Secondary school record Required
TOEFL Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
SAT/ACT Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment demographics by race or ethnicity

White 7993 (49%)
Hispanic 3118 (19%)
Black or African American 2764 (17%)
Asian 942 (6%)
Nonresident Alien 743 (5%)
Two or more races 576 (4%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 64 (0.4%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 10 (0.1%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 10 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

The final cost of attendance varies for each student based on household income, residency, program, and other factors.

Average aid awarded
$13,008
Students receiving aid
99%

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $9,606$8,942
Tuition in-state $9,606$8,942
Tuition out-of-state $9,606$8,942
Fee in-district $2,872$2,448
Fee in-state $2,872$2,448
Fee out-of-state $2,872$2,448

Room and board costs

Dormitory capacity 4,500
Combined charge for room and board $11,098

Northern Illinois University majors

Northern Illinois University has granted 3,040 bachelor's degrees across 61 programs, 1,181 master's across 60 programs, and 207 doctorate degrees across 21 programs. Below is a table with majors that lead to degrees at Northern Illinois University.

Major Bachelor Master Doctoral
Psychology, General 182 22 14
Business Administration and Management, General 73 143
Registered Nursing & Registered Nurse 185
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 159 14
Computer Science 128 42
Health & Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 163
Accounting 138 18
Mechanical Engineering 120 15
Marketing & Marketing Management, General 121
Special Education and Teaching, General 54 60
Management Science 76 28
Operations Management and Supervision 99
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 83 6 1
Finance, General 75 15
Human Development and Family Studies, General 78 10
Liberal Arts and Sciences & Liberal Studies 88
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 66 19
Engineering Technologies & Technicians, General 82
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other 80
Elementary Education and Teaching 77
Information Technology 76
Sociology, General 65 11
Law 73
Industrial Engineering 28 42
Political Science and Government, General 60 5 3
Dietetics & Dietitian 49 16
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 27 37
Public Health, General 46 14
English Language and Literature, General 48 7 3
Fine & Studio Arts, General 49 6
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education & Fitness, General 54
Adult and Continuing Education Administration 27 26
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 33 20
History, General 41 9 1
Mathematics, General 38 5 5
Reading Teacher Education 48
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 38 9
Sport and Fitness Administration & Management 17 27
Chemistry, General 37 3 3
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 37 6
Educational & Instructional Technology 29 10
Counselor Education & School Counseling and Guidance Services 32 6
Public Administration 35
Music Performance, General 33 1
Environmental Studies 31
Marketing, Other 29
Economics, General 19 3 5
Nursing Science 27
Curriculum and Instruction 18 7
Spanish Language and Literature 21 4
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 17 7
Physical Therapy & Therapist 24
Art & Art Studies, General 20 2
Music, General 1 21
Philosophy 11 11
Art Teacher Education 13 7
Engineering & Industrial Management 19
Clinical Laboratory Science & Medical Technology & Technologist 18
Community Health Services & Liaison & Counseling 18
Junior High & Intermediate & Middle School Education and Teaching 18
Journalism 17
Statistics, General 11 6
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 16
Apparel and Textiles, General 15
Human Services, General 15
Education, General 14
Anthropology, General 10 3
Educational Evaluation and Research 12
Geography 8 2 2
Athletic Training & Trainer 11
Taxation 11
Geology & Earth Science, General 5 5
Physics, General 2 5 2
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 8
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 8
Audiology & Audiologist 7
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling & Counselor 6
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 4
French Language and Literature 4
Nursing Practice 4
Educational Psychology 1 2
Multi- & Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 3
Biology Teacher Education 2
German Language and Literature 2
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 2
Health Services Administration 2
Financial Mathematics 1
Grand Total 3,040 1,181 207

Northern Illinois University has a graduation rate of 51%, which is among the 43% lowest for universities in the US.

Total Men Women
Graduation rate 51% 48% 54%
  • Full-time retention rate - 67%
  • Part-time retention rate - 39%

Publications & Citations

Northern Illinois University is a world-class research university with 24,496 scientific papers published and 493,335 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Biology, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Medicine, Political Science, and Psychology.

Publications
24,496
Citations
493,335

Publication / Citation count by topic

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
13,649 / 254,684
Biology
9,898 / 250,917
Physics
9,889 / 210,769
Engineering
9,694 / 204,701
Computer Science
9,207 / 206,380
Environmental Science
8,491 / 178,512
Chemistry
8,005 / 190,479
Medicine
7,897 / 199,719
Political Science
7,743 / 135,610
Psychology
7,467 / 194,687
Law
7,147 / 125,691
Quantum and Particle physics
7,066 / 159,501
Sociology
6,756 / 120,824
Philosophy
6,733 / 133,342
Mathematics
6,069 / 131,798
Business
5,080 / 110,505
Geography and Cartography
4,774 / 94,491
Organic Chemistry
4,348 / 105,599
Materials Science
4,312 / 97,723
Geology
4,311 / 100,103
History
4,303 / 61,385
Economics
4,124 / 75,432
Biochemistry
3,802 / 104,945
Statistics
3,556 / 92,878
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
3,238 / 60,183
Linguistics
3,219 / 75,001
Archaeology
3,107 / 57,311
Paleontology
3,095 / 74,481
Ecology
3,047 / 66,636
Social Psychology
3,047 / 90,433
Genetics
2,893 / 78,609
Art & Design
2,809 / 35,472
Optical Engineering
2,434 / 51,439
Psychiatry
2,431 / 88,403
Management
2,303 / 52,028
Education Majors
2,233 / 36,484
Child Psychology
2,174 / 75,216
Neuroscience
2,116 / 71,588
Development Studies
2,105 / 42,356
Math Teachers
2,083 / 33,018

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 362 2047
1991 371 2171
1992 409 2474
1993 422 2559
1994 409 2749
1995 453 3030
1996 444 3403
1997 411 3586
1998 410 4103
1999 431 4466
2000 410 4821
2001 420 5268
2002 402 6088
2003 465 7017
2004 492 8007
2005 528 9003
2006 521 9822
2007 553 11238
2008 600 12528
2009 604 13802
2010 631 15093
2011 683 17327
2012 717 20114
2013 774 21981
2014 764 23373
2015 766 24468
2016 711 25083
2017 768 25090
2018 719 25335
2019 767 27995
2020 841 32295
2021 899 40151
2022 706 34420
Academic rankings

Northern Illinois University alumni

  1. Robert Zemeckis

    Robert Zemeckis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    film directorfilm produceractorscience fiction writerscreenwriter
    Biography

    Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American filmmaker. He first came to public attention as the director of the action-adventure romantic comedy Romancing the Stone (1984), the science-fiction comedy Back to the Future film trilogy (1985–1990), and the live-action/animated comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). He subsequently directed the satirical black comedy Death Becomes Her (1992) and then diversified into more dramatic fare, including Forrest Gump (1994), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director. The film won Best Picture. He has directed films across a wide variety of genres, for both adults and families.

  2. Tammy Duckworth

    Tammy Duckworth
    Born in
    Thailand Flag Thailand
    Years
    1968-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    politicianhelicopter pilotnon-fiction writer
    Biography

    Ladda Tammy Duckworth is an American politician and retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel serving as the junior United States senator from Illinois since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, she represented Illinois's 8th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017.

  3. Joan Allen

    Joan Allen
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1956-.. (age 67)
    Enrolled in Northern Illinois University
    In 1989 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in theatre
    Occupations
    film actortelevision actorvoice actorstage actor
    Biography

    Joan Allen is an American actress. She began her career with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1977, won the 1984 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for And a Nightingale Sang, and won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her Broadway debut in Burn This. In the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, Allen received international recognition for a string of critically acclaimed performances. She is also a three-time Academy Award nominee, receiving Best Supporting Actress nominations for Nixon (1995) and The Crucible (1996), and a Best Actress nomination for The Contender (2000).

  4. Kurt Sutter

    Kurt Sutter
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1960-.. (age 63)
    Enrolled in Northern Illinois University
    Graduated with Master of Fine Arts
    Occupations
    television producershowrunnerfilm producerscreenwritertelevision actor
    Biography

    Kurt Leon Sutter is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor. He worked as a producer, writer, and director on The Shield, and appeared on the show as hitman Margos Dezerian. Sutter is also the creator of Sons of Anarchy and its spinoff Mayans M.C. on FX; he wrote, produced, and directed the series, as well as played incarcerated club member Otto Delaney. Sutter spent time with members of an outlaw motorcycle club in Northern California as research for Sons of Anarchy. Sutter's wife, actress Katey Sagal, played main character Gemma Teller.

All 66 notable alumni

General info

Alternative names NIU
Founded 1895
Motto Forward, Together Forward
Colors cardinal, black
Academic calendar August to May. Also Summer Session (May - August)
Total FTE staff 2,709
Carnegie classification Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity

Location and contacts

Address 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Dekalb, Illinois, 60115-2828
United States
City population 40,000
Phone 8008923050

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