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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
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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
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

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
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
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.162 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.161 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
12,343Undergrads
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 94 responses
Report
  • Active
    35%
  • Aspiring
    19%
  • Some are friendly, some are not nice
    19%
  • Bored
    13%
  • Complex
    10%
  • 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.187 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.233 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 106 responses
Report
  • Learning today, leading tomorrow
    25%
  • Husky Pride
    22%
  • Cold and "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow"
    17%
  • Im still learning about everything
    10%
  • Cold
    8%
  • Your future, our focus
    8%
  • 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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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!
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NIU is a great university. There are many activities and organizations to join to get involved. The professors specific to the elementary education program are amazing! They really have your best interest in mind and all times and want to help you succeed. They bring personal and real life experiences into the classroom. Although there is a lot of course work, the professors support you every step of the way.
Northern Illinois University has a lot of potential to be something very great and give students a memorable college experience. However, they do not have great organizational skills, nor financial skills, and they do not support diversity. A recent article was released from our very own "Northern Star" university newsletter about the 1.6 million dollars in technology that has been lost. This is one of the examples of poor organization. Financially, minority groups have seen cases where $40,000 of alloyed grants towards these organizations had been dwindled down to a measly $3,500 annually while also making in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition the same. There have been noticeable decreases in student enrollment due to it being so expensive to go to a university that doesn't give nearly half of the investment back. It is sad to see such a beautiful campus decline.