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Northern Illinois University
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  • 4 Year
  • DEKALB, IL

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Report Card

grade B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B
  2. Value
    grade B+
  3. Diversity
    grade A
  4. Campus
    grade C minus
  5. Athletics
    grade A minus
  6. Party Scene
    grade A minus
  7. Professors
    grade B
  8. Location
    grade C minus
  9. Dorms
    grade C+
  10. Campus Food
    grade B
  11. Student Life
    grade B minus
  12. Safety
    grade C

About

1425 W. LINCOLN HWY.
DEKALB, IL 60115
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

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Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
48%
SAT Range
940-1170
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$18,346 / 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
$10,411 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade 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
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 178 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 177 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
    5%
  • On Campus
    94%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,567 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,564
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
52%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 108 responses
  • Active
    31%
  • Aspiring
    22%
  • Some are friendly, some are not nice
    19%
  • Bored
    11%
  • Complex
    9%
  • Enthusiastic
    4%
  • Stressed
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 203 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 249 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 122 responses
  • Learning today, leading tomorrow
    23%
  • Husky Pride
    22%
  • Cold and "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow"
    15%
  • Im still learning about everything
    11%
  • Your future, our focus
    10%
  • Cold
    7%
  • Boring as hell
    5%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,500 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
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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Rating 3.48 out of 5  2,625 reviews
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