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Northern Illinois SAT Scores

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SAT scores needed to get into Northern Illinois University

Average Score and SAT Requirements

Northern Illinois University is a test optional school meaning you are not required to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the school is "neither required nor recommended". If you do elect to submit your SAT scores, the following information is helpful to understand how you compare with other applicants.

Average SAT Score 1055

The average composite SAT score for admitted Northern Illinois University freshman is 1055 out of 1600. For perspective, a 1055 is in the 51st percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 940 to 1170

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 940 to 1170. The 75th percentile score is 1170 while the 25th percentile score is 940.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by Northern Illinois but we estimate it to be around a 820 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 525

The average score for Northern Illinois students on the math portion of the SAT is 525 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 470 and the 75th percentile score 580.

Average SAT Reading Score 530

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 470 to 590 and the average score for Northern Illinois University students is 530.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

51 percent of students submit SAT scores with their application to Northern Illinois University

Admission Chances by SAT Score

Below are estimated chances of being accepted at Northern Illinois University based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 59.2%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.3.

Can I get into Northern Illinois with a 1170 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1170 or higher is very competitive at Northern Illinois and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. You have a very good chance of acceptance, around 73% or higher.

Can I get into Northern Illinois with a 1060 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1060 to 1160 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. You have a good chance of acceptance, around 60% to 72%.

Can I get into Northern Illinois with a 940 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 940 to 1050 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 43% to 58% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into Northern Illinois with a 820 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 820 to 930 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 42% chance of admission to Northern Illinois. SAT scores below 820 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
Admission chances to Northern Illinois University by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 97%
1590 97%
1580 96%
1570 96%
1560 96%
1550 96%
1540 96%
1530 95%
1520 95%
1510 95%
1500 95%
1490 94%
1480 94%
1470 94%
1460 93%
1450 93%
1440 93%
1430 92%
1420 92%
1410 91%
1400 91%
1390 90%
1380 90%
1370 89%
1360 89%
1350 88%
1340 88%
1330 87%
1320 86%
1310 86%
1300 85%
1290 84%
1280 83%
1270 83%
1260 82%
1250 81%
1240 80%
1230 79%
1220 78%
1210 77%
1200 76%
1190 75%
1180 74%
1170 73%
1160 72%
1150 71%
1140 70%
1130 69%
1120 67%
1110 66%
1100 65%
1090 64%
1080 62%
1070 61%
1060 60%
1050 58%
1040 57%
1030 56%
1020 54%
1010 53%
1000 51%
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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.