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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A
Northeastern Illinois is a public university located in Chicago, Illinois. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,164 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Northeastern Illinois acceptance rate is 69%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Social Work and Youth Services, and Accounting. Graduating 23% of students, Northeastern Illinois alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,700.
About Northeastern Illinois University...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
5500 N Saint Louis Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Website

Northeastern Illinois University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
910-1050
ACT Range
15-19
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$16,462/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,565/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
76%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.80 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.80 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,164Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,949
Undergrads Over 25
26%
Pell Grant
64%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 44 responses
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  • Diverse
    82%
  • Colorful
    9%
  • Average
    5%
  • Diverse
    2%
  • Outgoing
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
40%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.84 responses
Poll
54%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.107 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 52 responses
Report
  • Average university
    33%
  • Great Experience
    21%
  • I am truly lucky to be at NEIU.
    15%
  • Perfect university
    13%
  • It will do
    8%
  • Amazing English department
    4%
  • Great-CCICS
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
23%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.55 responses
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What I like about Northeastern Illinois University is the diversity. Meeting someone different from you teaches you things and it is nice to be around others who are not like you. Northeastern also has great professors. I have had professors who are really passionate about what they teach and make the material engaging and as clear as possible for students to understand. Lastly, the amount of help there is for students is amazing. There is tutors all everywhere on campus and the scheduling hours are flexible. Northeastern has always made me feel supported with these things. What I would like to see change is possibly adding a different variety of courses.
I would like to take some forensic course but the closest thing to a forensics course are the criminology courses here at Northeastern. I believe exposing students to specific ideas, courses, resources, can open up other paths for students to explore along with growing academically.
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The climate and culture at Northeastern Illinois University is superb! The staff genuinely care about the education of the students. I have changed my major three times, and each department was so knowledgable and supportive! The campus is also extremely diverse!
Overall it offers what you'd expect from any college or university. Professors at this university tend to be very informative and fun to listen to. The strongest part about this university is the professors. However the choice in courses are lacking and there are too many unreasonable general education requirements that bog down an already limited amount of choices. Extra-curricular aspects to college life are limited as well. The financial office constantly gets in the way of registering for classes and makes for an experience full of red tape that gets in the way of effectively starting a semester. The school has a low graduation rate because people transfer out or are unable to graduate due to overbearing requirements outside of their degree path. Academics at this school, that is to say everything inside the classroom, is effective. However, most things outside the realm of the classroom are are lacking.