B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    C+
Northern Illinois University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
Address
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
Website

Northern 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
52%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
900-1120
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$19,782/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,643/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,828/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,488/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,151/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,362/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.150 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.159 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.158 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,224Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 91 responses
Report
  • Active
    36%
  • Some are friendly, some are not nice
    20%
  • Aspiring
    19%
  • Bored
    13%
  • Complex
    9%
  • Enthusiastic
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.184 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.230 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 103 responses
Report
  • Learning today, leading tomorrow
    25%
  • Husky Pride
    21%
  • Cold and "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow"
    17%
  • Im still learning about everything
    11%
  • Cold
    8%
  • Your future, our focus
    7%
  • Boring as hell
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
47%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
77%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.109 responses
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Although a large percent of the population is white, there is a fair amount of diversity at Northern Illinois and the community. There are over 300 clubs offered and I see more added every week for a variety of interests. There are many resources on campus for students to take advantage of including: leadership development, career services, student government, tutoring, learning and writing centers, and multiple culture centers. The housing that is older could use some renovations and cleaning (Grant, Neptune, Stevenson). Safety on campus is very high, but the safety around campus in the surrounding neighborhoods this year has been very poor with gun and gang violence.
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So far I haven't enjoyed my time here. Unless you are a partier or an athlete there isn't much opportunity to meet people in a fun environment. There also isn't a very large LGBTQ community. Dekalb is you typical small midwest town, in that it's conservative set in its' ways. The dorm you choose is very important! Neptune is great because you are so close to classes, however, the floors are so large that it is difficult to form relationships with the people you live with. The other dorms seem more social, however, they are pretty far from most classes.
I like that Northern Illinois University is close to my hometown. The old buildings are very pretty and some of the professors are friendly, kind, helpful, and inviting. Parking is one issue that I find to be a huge one. There are so many students that choose NIU, but there is very little parking. More and more commuters are attending NIU and because of that, I think there should be way more parking. It is beyond frustrating when you leave 45 minutes early for class and you are still late only because there was nowhere to park. The financial aid office is small, slow, and incompetent. I counted a total of five times that I walked in there and was told the wrong information, only to come back later and told something completely different. All this inaccurate information led me to have late fees and added another stressor to me.