Northern Illinois University Comparison

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Overview

Northern Illinois
Location Dekalb, IL
Setting Small Suburban
Enrollment 16,234
Type Public 4 Year
National Ranking #412
Religious Affiliation -
Status Non-profit
Website niu.edu
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Costs

Northern Illinois
Tuition (In State) $9,606
Tuition (Out of State) $9,606
Room & Board $11,000
Avg Net Price $14,397
Avg Grant Aid $11,848
% Receiving Grant Aid 98%

Admission

Northern Illinois
Admission Chances Calculate
Applied 22,602
Admitted 15,922
Acceptance Rate 70.4%
Enrolled % 14.4%
Avg High School GPA 3.3
Typical High School Grades B+
Admissions Standards Easy
Applicant Competition Low
ACT Range 19/25
SAT Range 940/1170
Submit Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
Application Deadline Aug 1, 2024

Academics

Northern Illinois
Student to Faculty Ratio 15:1
Popular Majors
  • Business (18%)
  • Health Professions (15%)
  • Social Sciences (11%)
  • Education (9%)
  • Communication (9%)

Outcomes

Northern Illinois
Graduation Rate 56%
Median Earnings (After 10 years) $47,600
Making Student Loan Payments 61%
Median Student Loan Debt $23,859
Median Loan Payment $246

Diversity

Northern Illinois
% Men 45%
% Women 55%
Racial Diversity High
HBCU No
% White 57%
% Black 16%
% Hispanic 15%
% Native American 0%
% Pacific Islander 0%
% Two or More Races 3%
% International 2%
% Unknown Race 1%

Students

Northern Illinois
% In-State 93%
% Out-of-State 7%

Campus

Northern Illinois
Campus Housing Yes
Freshman Dorm Required No
Meal Plan Yes
Weekend/Evening Classes No
Daycare Facility Yes
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Sources: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov IPEDS and College Scorecard https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/