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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
    C
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    C
About Northern Illinois University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
Address
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
Website

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
53%
    SAT Range
    900-1120
    ACT Range
    19-24
    Application Fee
    $40
    SAT/ACT
    Required
    High School GPA
    Required
    Accepts Common App
    No

    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.
    Average Total Aid Awarded
    $9,482/ year
    National
    $7,535
    Students Receiving Financial Aid
    94%

    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.168 responses
    59%
    of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.167 responses

    Majors

    Students

    Full-Time Enrollment
    11,788Undergrads
    Part-Time Undergrads
    1,669
    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 100 responses
    Report
    • Active
      34%
    • Aspiring
      21%
    • Some are friendly, some are not nice
      18%
    • Bored
      12%
    • Complex
      10%
    • Enthusiastic
      3%
    • Diverse
      2%

    Campus Life

    Freshmen Live On-Campus
    Poll
    51%
    of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.193 responses
    Poll
    67%
    of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.239 responses
    Poll
    What one word or phrase best describes your school?
    Based on 112 responses
    Report
    • Learning today, leading tomorrow
      24%
    • Husky Pride
      22%
    • Cold and "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow"
      16%
    • Im still learning about everything
      10%
    • Your future, our focus
      9%
    • Cold
      7%
    • Boring as hell
      4%

      After College

      Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
      $45,500/ 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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      Northern Illinois University Reviews

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      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.
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      Every other week theres a shooting right off campus. It’s in the middle of nowhere. The party scene is blah. The campus needs some updating. However, the classes and professors are excellent! Overall I’d say my experience has just be average. Nothing too great
      Since I have been attending Northern Illinois University, everyone here has been very accommodating. Whenever I got lost, it was a upperclassman or a staff member to help me find my way. My professors all are friendly and when I need help, they offer tutoring hours so I can get a better understanding of the content. The student life here is extremely diverse. This brings about open-mindedness and create new perspectives. Also students are more aware of the things they say and do to ensure no one is offended. Campus food is amazing. There are over three different dining halls to grab something to eat. Some of the selections include: pizza, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, a variety of breakfast, and flatbreads. The dorms are spacious and there is central air in every residence hall. There haven't been any disputes in my hall and for the most part everyone gets along. Overall, my experience here has been great and I recommend everyone attend NIU.