Northern Illinois University School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Dekalb, IL

$14,610

Avg tuition

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About Northern Illinois University

School Type: Public

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Military Friendly: YesMilitary-friendly schools are Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have a dedicated point of contact to support veterans, military service members, and their families. Explore our college guide for service members and veterans to learn more.

Northern Illinois University is a large public university located on a suburban campus in Dekalb, Illinois. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,609, and admissions are very selective, with an acceptance rate of 48%. The university offers 59 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 49%, and a student-faculty ratio of 15:1. Tuition and fees for students are $14,610.

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Admissions Breakdown

This school has a competitive acceptance rate.

This school is a little more selective about its students. Competitive acceptance schools welcome 15-50% of all applicants.

Acceptance Rate Insight

48% of students were accepted during the 2019-2020 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Test scores Required

High school rank Required

High school GPA Required

Completion of college prep program Required

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Not required or recommended

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

SAT & ACT

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 940-1170

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 19-25

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of more than 15,000 students.

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17k

Students Enrolled

8%

Online Student Enrollment

15:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

On-campus

Demographics

White

54%

Hispanic

17%

Black

15%

Non-U.S. Citizen

6%

Asian

5%

Two or more races

3%

Unknown

0%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

53%

Socio-economic diversity

52% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

53%

State Grant Aid

54%

Institution Grant Aid

92%

Pell Grant

52%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $4,912
State Grant Aid $4,371
Institution Grant Aid $5,337
Pell Grant Aid $4,483

Financial Outlook

$39k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

$23k

Average student debt after graduation

Resource

Understanding Grants & Scholarships

Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2019-2020]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.