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

Admissions

Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Northern Illinois University

Cost

Net Price
$18,533/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,851/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,769/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,514/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,180/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,374/ 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.157 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.156 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,489Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
54%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 89 responses
Report
  • Active
    36%
  • Some are friendly, some are not nice
    20%
  • Aspiring
    19%
  • Bored
    13%
  • Complex
    8%
  • 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.182 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.228 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 101 responses
Report
  • Learning today, leading tomorrow
    26%
  • Husky Pride
    22%
  • Cold and "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow"
    18%
  • Im still learning about everything
    11%
  • Cold
    8%
  • Your future, our focus
    5%
  • Boring as hell
    5%

After Northern Illinois University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
50%
National
47%
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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Northern Illinois University Reviews

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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.
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I do not like that Northern Illinois University has so many graduate students teaching classes. From my experience, they don't really care because they're so busy with pursuing their own education. They don't take the extra time to answer questions, help prepare students for tests, or teach everything that is essential to succeed ( they tell you to go read the book and yet there's so much extra time in class that they could use to teach ). Aesthetically, Northern Illinois University's not appealing. They could definitely update their buildings, hire landscapers to plant pretty plants, paint, keep all cafeteria's sanitary, and pick up trash. Sometimes the atmosphere feels depressing just because it's so gloomy/dirty looking.
I appreciated the fact that throughout my master's program, the majority of my professors had experience as top level educational administration, particularly both principals and superintendents. This provided a deeper understanding of the expectations of principals from each perspective. In addition, progressing through the program with a cohort allowed all of us to build solid relationships to assist us in managing the expectations of full time work in addition to graduate level courses and internship training. I am proud to say that I am a graduate of Northern Illinois' Educational Administration program.