Northern Illinois University: Ranking & Review

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Dekalb Rank United States Rank World Rank
1 167 488
Top 3%

Northern Illinois University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

TotalMenWomen
Acceptance Rate53%52%55%
Applicants14,6416,4428,199
Admissions7,8063,3354,471
Enrolled undergraduates1,852855997
Enrolled total (including graduate students)18,0458,8759,170

1,916 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

526 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

Application fee for undergraduates - $40. Application fee for graduates - $40.

Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRequired
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of the college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required

Typical SAT scores

Number of students submitting SAT scores0
Percent of students submitting SAT scores0%

Typical ACT scores

Number of students submitting ACT scores1,792
Percent of students submitting ACT scores97%
ACT Composite
21
ACT English
21
ACT Math
21

Northern Illinois University Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
On-campus $28,848 $38,314
Off-campus $28,848 $38,314
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, on-campus room and board payment of $10,880 and other expenses per full academic year.

Northern Illinois University provides on-campus housing with total dormitory capacity of 4,600 students.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
In-stateOut-of-state
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates $9,413 $18,931
Fees for full-time undergraduates $4,886 $4,886
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates $440 $793
Tuition for Full-time graduates $11,904 $20,473
Fees for full-time graduates $2,078 $2,078
Per credit hour charge for part-time graduates $496 $916

Programs and Degrees

ProgramsBachelor'sMaster'sDoctoralTotal
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 614 355 969
Health Professions and Related Programs 605 104 40 749
Education 194 330 59 583
Engineering 219 151 370
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 109 232 341
Social Sciences 247 36 11 294
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 266 14 280
Psychology 211 16 26 253
Visual and Performing Arts 145 45 2 192
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 116 31 147
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 116 19 8 143
Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Sciences 123 6 129
Physical Sciences 78 29 12 119
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 111 111
English Language and Literature & Letters 76 18 10 104
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 84 12 96
Mathematics and Statistics 54 24 5 83
Legal Professions and Studies 70 70
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 21 44 65
History 48 7 3 58
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 38 2 40
Natural Resources and Conservation 36 36
Philosophy and Religious Studies 6 14 20
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies 5 5
Grand Total3,5221,4892465,257

A total of 3,522 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at Northern Illinois University.

At the master's and doctor's level 1,735 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate45%42%48%
  • Full-time retention rate - 73%
  • Part-time retention rate - 44%

General info

Alternative namesNIU
Founded1895
MottoForward, Together Forward
Religious affiliationNot applicable
Colorscardinal, black
Academic CalendarSemester
Total FTE staff3,037
Instructional FTE936
Research FTE12
Public Service FTE10
Sector of institutionPublic, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPublic
Carnegie ClassificationDoctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity

Location and Contacts

Official Websitewww.niu.edu
Address1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Dekalb, Illinois, 60115-2828
United States
Urbanization levelSuburb: Small
City population10,000 - 50,000
Phone8008923050
Fax+1 (815) 753 0198

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