Northern Illinois University

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School Overview

Northern Illinois University, commonly known as NIU, is a public research university in DeKalb, Illinois. Originally established in 1895 as Northern Illinois State Normal School, the institution began as a state system for increasing the amount of teachers with a college education.

Divided into seven colleges, NIU has over 25,000 students enrolled, and has graduated over 225,000. NIU has many programs that have received national accreditation for academic excellence, including engineering, business, visual and performing arts, nursing, and all education programs. The school’s athletic teams, known as the Huskies, compete in the NCAA at the Division I level along with only one other public university in Illinois.

General Information

Admission Office

DeKalb, IL 60115-2854

(815) 753-0446

(800) 892-3050

Fax: (815) 753-8312

Contact: Robert Burk

Director of Admissions
Main Address

DeKalb, IL 60115-2854

(815) 753-1000

Total undergrads: 18,431

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,881

Degree-seeking undergrads: 18,398

Graduate enrollment: 5,669


Urban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 58%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Special Education B


Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Nursing (RN) B
Nursing – Public Health B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Computational Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics/Probability B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Northern Illinois University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (800) 892-3050
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., Dekalb, IL 60115-2828
Setting: Suburb: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 16,609
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 45%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 15,349 (92% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $14,610
Out-of-state Tuition: $14,610
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $10,411

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Northern Illinois University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Northern Illinois University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 111
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 63
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 12
Education 17165
Engineering 33
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 11
English Language and Literature/Letters 111
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 32
Health Professions and Related Programs 851
History 111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 131
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Philosophy and Religious Studies 11
Physical Sciences 433
Psychology 122
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 553
Visual and Performing Arts 1651
Grand total 2595819

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Northern Illinois University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $14,610
Out-of-state $14,610
Books and supplies $1,400

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,280
Out-of-state $11,280

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,768 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,734 95% $10,411
Student loan aid 1,305 71% $7,083

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 9,541 75% $8,818
Federal student loans 7,758 61% $7,144

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Northern Illinois University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Northern Illinois University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 15,687 6,652 9,035
Percent admitted 100% 47% 49%
Percent admitted who enrolled 12% 13% 11%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Northern Illinois University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 16,609
Undergraduate enrollment 12,131
Graduate enrollment 4,478

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Northern Illinois University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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