Northern Illinois Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Northern Illinois University
How hard is it to get into Northern Illinois and can I get accepted? The school has a 53% acceptance rate ranking it #10 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 7,806 out of 14,641 applicants were admitted making Northern Illinois a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 56 percent. Northern Illinois University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.
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Northern Illinois SAT Scores
SAT RangeNot Reported
Applicants Submitting SAT-
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||N/A|
|SAT Math 25th||N/A|
|SAT Composite 25th||N/A|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||N/A|
|SAT Math 75th||N/A|
|SAT Composite 75th||N/A|
|Average SAT Score||N/A|
Northern Illinois ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT97%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||18|
|ACT Math 25th||18|
|ACT Composite 25th||19|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||24|
|ACT Math 75th||25|
|ACT Composite 75th||24|
|Average ACT Score||21|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Northern Illinois?
Admission data indicates that Northern Illinois regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #36 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 97 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northern Illinois University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|24 and Above||Good||>68%|
|21 to 24||Avg +||53%-68%|
|19 to 21||Avg -||42%-53%|
|17 to 19||Reach||33%-42%|
|Less than 17||Low||<33%|
Avg. High School GPA3.15
Typical High School GradesB
You will need about average high school grades to get into Northern Illinois University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Northern Illinois University was 3.15 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #35 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Northern Illinois accepts 53% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|3.50 to 3.75||12%||Good|
|3.25 to 3.50||16%||Avg +|
|3.00 to 3.25||18%||Avg +|
|2.75 to 3.00||26%||Avg -|
|2.50 to 2.75||11%||Reach|
|2.25 to 2.50||1%||Reach|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
70% of Northern Illinois University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||12%|
|Top 25% of class||34%|
|Top 50% of class||70%|
|Bottom 50% of class||30%|
|Bottom 25% of class||6%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||22%||26%||24%|
Applications were DueAug 1, 2019
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Aug 1, 2019.
What are the requirements for admission to Northern Illinois University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Recommendations||Neither required nor recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147703 IPEDS survey data for Northern Illinois University.