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Northern Illinois University


Visiting And Contact Information

Office of Admissions

Williston Hall 101, NIU

DeKalb, IL 60115-2857

United States

Phone: 815-753-0446

Fax: 815-753-1783


Freshman Academic Profile
Admissions Selectivity Rating: 82
% Submitting Score:98%
     ACT Middle 50%:19 - 25
     % with GPA 3.75 of higher:15%
     % with GPA 3.50 - 3.74:12%
     % with GPA 3.25 - 3.49:16%
     % with GPA 3.0 - 3.24:16%
     % with GPA 2.5 - 2.99:27%
     % with GPA 2.0 - 2.49:12%
     % with GPA 1.0 - 1.99:2%
Students in Top Tenth of HS Class:11%
Students in Top Quarter of HS Class:33%
Students in Top Half of HS Class:70%
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Freshman Acceptance & Retention
Total applicants: 17,842
Total applicants who are accepted: 9,242
Total of accepted students who enroll: 2,630
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Application Process
Application Fee: $40.00
Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes
Regular Application Deadline: 08/01
Priority Application Date: 03/01
Transfer Students Accepted: Yes
TOEFL required for non-native English speakers: Yes
Admissons Deposit Deadline: No set date
Admission for Non-Fall Terms: Yes
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Freshman Admissions Factors
Academic CriteriaImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record:Very important
Class Rank:Very important
Standardized Test Scores:Very important
Application Essay:Considered
Non-Academic CriteriaImportance
Extracurricular Activities:Considered
Talent / Ability:Considered
Character / Personal Qualities:Not Considered
Alumni/ AE Relation:Not Considered
Geographical Residence:Not Considered
State Residency:Not Considered
Religious Affiliation / Commitment:Not Considered
Racial / Ethnic Status:Considered
Volunteer Work:Not Considered
Work Experience:Not Considered
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Freshman Academic Requirements
High School Completion:High school diploma required GED is accepted
Academic Units Required:
     Total Academic Units:15
     Lab Science:1
     Foreign Language:1
     Social Studies:2
Academic Units Recommended:
     Lab Science:2
     Foreign Language:2
     Social Studies:3
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Key Statistics


  • Admissions Selectivity Rating:
  • ACT:
  •      ACT Middle 50%:
    19 - 25
  • Regular Application Deadline:
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