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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
    C+
  12. Safety
    C
Northern Illinois is an above-average public university located in DeKalb, Illinois. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 11,788 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Northern Illinois acceptance rate is 53%. Popular majors include Communications, Psychology, and Accounting. Graduating 45% of students, Northern Illinois alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,300.
About Northern Illinois University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
Address
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
Website
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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

Acceptance Rate
53%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
900-1120
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$19,379/ 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
    $17,144/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,307/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,212/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,402/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,219/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.150 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.163 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.162 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,788Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 95 responses
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  • Active
    35%
  • Aspiring
    20%
  • Some are friendly, some are not nice
    19%
  • Bored
    13%
  • Complex
    9%
  • Enthusiastic
    3%
  • Diverse
    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.188 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.234 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 107 responses
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  • Learning today, leading tomorrow
    25%
  • Husky Pride
    21%
  • Cold and "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow"
    17%
  • Im still learning about everything
    10%
  • Cold
    7%
  • 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
45%
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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My experience here at Northern Illinois University has given me the strength and potential to guide myself to achieving my career goal which is to become a pediatric nurse. My first year has been astounding with meeting new friends, working with new professors, and obtaining the ability to become a young adult on my own. Academically, Northern Illinois University challenges me and makes it hard in certain classes due to myself getting prepared for the nursing program. Practically paying the full amount of tuition puts an enormous amount of stress on my father because he's also paying private high school tuition for my younger brother. My first year in college is coming to an end and overall I'm proud to say that I have successfully completed my first semester and almost my second semester as well as receiving an honor role for my academic excellence.
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Not every college is perfect. Northern Illinois University has many good and back aspects that I like and dislike. Most of the aspects I like is academics and how they provide for students. What I dislike are the improvements of living facility.

I like how theirs so many different opportunities the school provides for students. I like the diverse groups of all the organizations, which is over 300 clubs/organizations. In addition, I really enjoy the classes I've been involved in and the organizations I am part of.

I dislike the residency here because where I am at it's not accessible for people with weelchairs or any other disability. We do not have elevators or ramps for them to access. Also, the bathrooms do not have paper towels so most of us have to dry our hands with our own washcloth. However, I do like the security the dorms provide. We all have individual keys to access our floor and our room. Every residence building doors open only with student ID, which is amazing.
I'm currently a Music Education major. Class sizes are perfect for this major, nothing too big or small so the professors can spend a lot of time working 1 on 1 with students who need more help. Professors are as nice as ever besides a couple. The campus is beautiful and I love my dorm room. I'd like to see less violence, last semester Fall '17, we had to lock the outside doors during the day and night at all times, which was insanely annoying. It's not too much of a problem now. Great layout and classes!