#9 Best Public Universities in Illinois

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois

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Northeastern Illinois University overview
Location Chicago, Illinois
Online neiu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
Northeastern Illinois University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing No
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), located in Chicago, Illinois, is a public university first established in 1949, offering a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Serving a student population on a 67-acre main campus characterized by a modern architectural style, NEIU provides an urban and culturally vibrant setting that fosters academic opportunities. Although the campus is situated within city limits, it is uniquely surrounded by natural areas, including the North Park Village Nature Center. The university is known for its academic programs in fields such as Business, Education, and Social Work. NEIU holds a moderately selective admissions process. On-campus housing is available to NEIU students, including traditional residence halls and apartment-style living accommodations. While NEIU offers several athletic programs, it is not principally recognized for competitiveness in intercollegiate athletics.

In the most recent statistical year 4,603 prospective students applied, and 2,886 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 516 enrolled in the school.  2,947 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,809 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $10,091 plus fees of $2,010. Northeastern Illinois University is ranked 629 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Northeastern Illinois University is rated within the lower 48% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Northeastern Illinois University overview
SAT 810/1010
ACT 15/21
GPA 3.1

Applications Accepted

Northeastern Illinois University overview
Applications Due Jul 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend

Illinois Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Northeastern Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,400
Other Fees$2,010
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $10,742
Budget for Other Expenses$7,218
Total One Year Cost$32,461

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Northeastern Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,400
Other Fees$2,010
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $10,742
Budget for Other Expenses$7,218
Total One Year Cost$42,552

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

23% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Northeastern Illinois University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 20%
Education 14%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 10%
Social Sciences 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 6%

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