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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    C
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Dekalb, IL 60115
About Northern Illinois...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
From Northern Illinois University

Choosing the right college is a big decision for you. Your undergraduate experience will shape your career and many other aspects of your life. So why choose NIU? Located 65 miles west of Chicago, Northern Illinois University is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university. We believe a life-changing education should be within reach of everyone, and we strive to
deliver a university experience tailored to your interests and driven by your dreams. Whether you’re a freshman who wants to explore your passions or a career-focused transfer student, we’ll help you develop your talents and blaze your own unique path to success.

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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

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
54%
SAT Range
970-1190
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$22,686/ 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
$9,959/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
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.176 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.175 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    8%
  • On Campus
    91%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,190Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,598
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
51%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 105 responses
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  • Active
    32%
  • Aspiring
    23%
  • Some are friendly, some are not nice
    18%
  • Bored
    11%
  • Complex
    10%
  • Enthusiastic
    4%
  • Nondisabled
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.201 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.247 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 120 responses
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  • Husky Pride
    23%
  • Learning today, leading tomorrow
    23%
  • Cold and "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow"
    15%
  • Your future, our focus
    10%
  • Im still learning about everything
    10%
  • Cold
    7%
  • Boring as hell
    5%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $45,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    46%
    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

    Northern Illinois University Reviews

    2,594 reviews
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    Northern Illinois is a great university that gives so many opportunities to students on campus. There are hundreds of organizations on campus from greek life, to academic clubs, athletics, and music. Many of these organizations offer diversity and immerse you into the different cultures around campus. There is a bus system that is great during weekdays, but barely runs on weekends. I love how close campus is to the city of Dekalb and to all the shopping areas. The school has a great mix of students who live on-campus, off-campus, and commuters. People at NIU are also really great. You meet so many new people that are genuine and down to earth. Overall, a great undergraduate experience!
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    I love the commitment to student-centered service that I have experienced at NIU! My current program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling has challenged me to participate in introspective reflections, and to learn about a variety of worldviews and cultures. The faculty is very passionate. It is my hope that all students can have such amazing faculty teaching their classes.
    The atmosphere is amazing! There are so many different things to do around campus! The teachers are wonderful! The teachers in the art building are just a few of the most encouraging people on campus. I've met other teachers from other degrees and they are just as encouraging! A lot of teachers will spend time getting to know students, as well as, helping students with their academic goals. Not only are the teachers amazing, students just as amazing! There are lots of different clubs and organizations people can join. There is a club or organization for almost everything! A lot of organizations will host events or take trips.