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Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois

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Overview

Student Population
17,169
Northern Illinois University overview
Location Dekalb, Illinois
Online niu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small Suburban
Northern Illinois University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in Dekalb, Illinois, Northern Illinois University is a mid-size four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 15,693 prospective students applied, and 7,588 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,897 enrolled in the school.  13,184 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,985 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $9,466 plus fees of $5,144. Northern Illinois is ranked 327 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Ratings

7/10
Overall
6/10
Academics
8/10
Resources
6/10
Outcomes
7/10
Value

Northern Illinois is rated within the top 38% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

Rankings

Rankings for Northern Illinois University within the 2021 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Getting In

Admission Standards
Moderate
Northern Illinois University overview
SAT 940/1170
ACT 19/25
GPA 3.15
Applications Accepted
48.4% 
Northern Illinois University overview
Applications Due May 1, 2022
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend

Illinois Resident Tuition
$9,466
In State Costs for Northern Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,400
Other Fees$5,144
Room and Board $10,880
Budget for Other Expenses$2,090
Total One Year Cost$28,980
Out of State Resident Tuition
$9,466
Out of State Costs for Northern Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,400
Other Fees$5,144
Room and Board $10,880
Budget for Other Expenses$2,090
Total One Year Cost$28,980

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Outcomes

Average Salary After 10 Years
$47,600 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
56% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Northern Illinois University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 18%
Health Professions 15%
Social Sciences 11%
Education 9%
Communication 9%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147703 IPEDS survey data for Northern Illinois University.

Current students may use the Northern Illinois University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.