About Northern Illinois University

Founded in 1895, Northern Illinois University. is a Public college. Located in Illinois, which is a city setting in Illinois, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 14,079 full time undergraduate students, and 4,936 full time graduate students.

The Northern Illinois University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 824 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Northern Illinois University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate51%
Application Deadline
Application Fee40
SAT Range900-1120
ACT Range19-25

Admissions at NIU are considered Selective, with ,75% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 12 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

70% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 33% were in the top quarter, and 11% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Northern Illinois University.

1%
“We”re apathetic”
24%
“We know about current events and vote”
68%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
7%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
24%
“Sometimes, but not often”
52%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
4%
“I”m always terrified”
22%
“I only go out in groups”
43%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
30%
“I feel extremely safe”
18%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
30%
“We bought the gear”
51%
“We live for the big game”
12%
“It”s not really our thing”
24%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
49%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
16%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
53%
“They keep regular office hours”
45%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
12%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
78%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
8%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
7%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
24%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
33%
“We only party on weekends”
36%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
13%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
48%
“There might be people who do”
32%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
7%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
1%
“We”re apathetic”
24%
“We know about current events and vote”
68%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
7%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
24%
“Sometimes, but not often”
52%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
4%
“I”m always terrified”
22%
“I only go out in groups”
43%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
30%
“I feel extremely safe”
18%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
30%
“We bought the gear”
51%
“We live for the big game”
12%
“It”s not really our thing”
24%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
49%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
16%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
53%
“They keep regular office hours”
45%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
12%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
78%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
8%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
7%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
24%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
33%
“We only party on weekends”
36%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
13%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
48%
“There might be people who do”
32%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
7%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Northern Illinois University REVIEWS

Write a review, Enter to win $1,000 Scholarship
  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    213 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    173 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    228 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    242 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    243 Students rated class size 4 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    241 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    240 Students rated local services 4 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    243 Students rated academics 4 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Northern Illinois University?

86 Students rated Northern Illinois University

Myracle - 11/09/2021

Northern Illinois University is a home away from home. The staff and students are very welcoming and helpful to its students and want them to enjoy their time on campus. The students have access to extracurricular activities in the rec center, free tutoring, and bus services that provide transportation around campus. Students have the opportunity to start their own organizations on campus and also participate in shows and competitions. Students who like to exercise and play sports can spend their leisure time in the rec center to go to the campus gym, take a yoga class, join the soccer club or might try out for the volleyball and gymnastics team. On NIU campus there is never a boring moment. In my opinion NIU is a family-oriented school. Students often host study groups with each other in the Holmes Student Center. Some students also might go out to pledge a fraternity or Sorority. As a student, sometimes there are times when you get depressed and discouraged, which is why the NIU campus has a group of staff to provide therapy and counseling for students who are dealing with mental health issues for free. There is a police station close by on campus to provide safety for near by students and staff members in the area. Niu provides help for those who have dealt with domestic violence, and other traumatic situations. Niu is a great place for students to get quality education, make memories and still feel like there are at home even if they are miles away from where they came.

Rashad

LOVE IT!

Stephanie

Aside from the fact that there are safety bulletins somewhat frequently, this school is still nice overall. I realize there will be crime no matter where you choose to go to school. Northern Illinois University is very accessible whether by car, bike, or walking because almost anything you need or want to do is within walking distance and not hard to get to. Parking is definitely a problem on campus with students unable to find parking and often being late to class, which is why I have realized it is best to figure out and use the buses because they are free to use with your tuition. Most of the buildings are nice besides that sometimes they struggle to figure out how to use the heat and air conditioning. The size of the classes I have been in are very reasonable and good for learning. I have been led astray by faculty before as to courses I needed to take but actually didn't need, or classes I needed to take but was informed I did not need. Overall, I enjoy going to NIU because there's a lot to do and I feel like I am doing the best for myself by getting an education here while also being involved in a sorority and being on the Cheerleading team. I would recommend this school to anyone who can tolerate the cold Illinois winters.

Kristen

NIU is a pretty decent school overall, especially for the price. The theatre program is much better than you would expect, despite us not having an official building yet because of renovations. The food here is decent and if you're into parties, you can easily find them. The facilities here are overall pretty good as well.

Northern Illinois University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Northern Illinois University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Northern Illinois University is 51%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I have learned a lot of things about myself from my college experience. I learned that I can do anything that I put my mind to. I have gotten leadership skills. I became more outgoing and social. I was a shy person before but now I am the one who asks more questions in class and I am involved in a few activites on campus. I also learned to rely on myself and not on my parents since I live on campus. I am confident in myself and my abilities.

    Read all  299 answers
  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Diverse, friendly, and willing to help each other.

    Read all  63 answers
  4. What's unique about your campus?

    I really enjoy the people I attend classes with, work with, and study under. People are very caring.

    Read all  55 answers
  5. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The diversity here and how intelligent the teachers and staff are.

    Read all  52 answers
  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I think that the worst thing about my school is trying to get into many of the required classes. There are often only one or two of each class offered and it is difficult to get those spaces.

    Read all  51 answers
  7. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    my school requires a lot of hard work and dedication.

    Read all  50 answers
  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone can attend this school and be successful as long as they are not lazy and have the desire to do well. there is truly something for everyone as long as they are disciplined.

    Read all  47 answers
  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known that this is a "backpack" school; meaning most students go home on the weekends. It is important that if you plan on staying on campus during the weekends that you find a group to get involved with, otherwise the only options for fun are the bars.

    Read all  45 answers
  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People that like to go out and party a lot shouldn't go to Northern Illinois University.

    Read all  44 answers
  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Northern Illinois University is known for the value of its Law School. Its outstanding value in other academic areas, and the closeness of the community between the faculty and the students. Another thing is that NIU student stick together.

    Read all  36 answers
  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    This school is very diversite fill with people who came from another countries. So far, there are welcoming and kind.

    Read all  36 answers
  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    There was a lack of parking by classes for general education.

    Read all  32 answers
  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Like any other college, NIU has its problems. The biggest ones that stand out to me are the scams, recreation center, student employment, and campus safety. With all of the problems affecting every student, there is still a high amount of pride among fellow huskies. I personally hated my first semester here but after meeting new people I ended up loving it. The students are what make this school and you have to be social to truly enjoy attending NIU.

    Read all  6 answers
  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    There is a stereotype that Northern Illinois is the "Dirty D" and you have to watch your back on campus. This is false. There are incidences that the media covers but what they don't emphasize on is that they are incidences with people that know each other, and 9 times out of ten they are not even students of NIU. Im a white 21 year old female and I see DeKalb as my home. I am comfortable here and don't ever feel unsafe on campus.

    Read all  6 answers
  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    During my two years here, I have only had one professor that I had problems with. Every other professor I had has been amazing and truly what any student would look for in a college professor. ;

    Read all  3 answers
  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    NIU does a great job at keeping many activities available to students. Every week an email goes out to all students informing them of that weeks events including their times and location. Greek life is a big thing with younger students but older students tend to avoid it. Generally partying is on the weekends although it is not uncome for weekday parties to occur. Dating has taken a step in the new age on a site known as collegejunkee.com.

    Read all  3 answers
  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    You can't take on persons opinion on this matter and it is best to come for a visit (non tour) and find out for yourself. But for the most part I would say its true.

    Read all  2 answers
  19. Tell us about your professors.

    I have had quite a few memorable professors in my two years here. Only one has had a negative impact on my experience with the professors but the good ones easily make up for that. Many take the time to get to know your name and will go out of their way to help you.

    Read all  2 answers
  20. Describe a typical weekend.

    Since I do not have friday classes, my weekend may start on a thursday. If not thursday then fridays I usually sleep in, study, workout, relax, go out with friends and then repeat untill sunday.

    Read all  1 answers
  21. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    The food on and around campus that are not part of NIU's dining plan are good for the most part. Wide variety, decent prices and good hours. As for dining, it is always good to remember "if you dont use it, you lose it". By this I mean if you do not spend your weekly amount on your food plan, the money will just be taken from you anyways. The best dining food is at stevenson which can be a long walk if you live at neptune which is the worst dorm when it comes to food. The other dorms fall right in between for their dining options.

    Read all  1 answers

Student Body

Students

49%

female

51%

male

14,079

Total Undergrad Enrollment

4,936

Total Grad Students

5%

Out-Of-State

95%

In-State

N/A

International

Organizations

200

Student Organizations

15

Fraternities

8

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

26%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
5%
% Black or African-American
16%
% Hispanic/Latino
17%
% White or Caucasian
56%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

96% of students attending Northern Illinois University receive some sort of financial aid. 48% were awarded federal grants. While 70% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$23,670

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,400

Books and Supplies

$10,776

Room and Board

35,846

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$17,643
$30 - $48K
$17,828
$48 - $75K
$19,488
$75 - $110K
$22,151
$110K & UP
$24,362

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

FIND SCHOLARSHIPS

Find your perfect match from over 3 million scholarships!

START YOUR SEARCH

CAN YOU GET INTO Northern Illinois University?

Complete your profile to see if this school is a fit for you, and what your chances of admitance are.

START YOUR SEARCH