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Dekalb, Illinois

Northern Illinois Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Northern Illinois University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
53.3%
Admission Difficulty for Northern Illinois University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsEasy
Applicant CompetitionAverage

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 Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting SAT
-
SAT Scores for Northern Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th N/A
SAT Math 25th N/A
SAT Composite 25th N/A
SAT Scores for Northern Illinois University
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

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT
97%
ACT Scores for Northern Illinois University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Northern Illinois University
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Northern Illinois University admission chances by ACT score
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%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.15
Typical High School Grades
B

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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Northern Illinois University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 16% Good
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

High School Class Rank

70% of Northern Illinois University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Northern Illinois University students
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%

Admission Statistics

Northern Illinois University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,199 6,442 14,641
Accepted 4,471 3,335 7,806
Acceptance Rate 55% 52% 53%
Enrolled 997 855 1,852
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 26% 24%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Aug 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Aug 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northern Illinois University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Northern Illinois University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
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

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Northern Illinois University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
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.