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Northern Illinois Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into Northern Illinois University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
54.4%
Admission Difficulty for Northern Illinois University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into Northern Illinois and can I get accepted? The school has a 54% acceptance rate ranking it #12 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 7,698 out of 14,157 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 moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 61 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.

Northern Illinois SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
970-1190
Applicants Submitting SAT
51%
SAT Scores for Northern Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 970
SAT Scores for Northern Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1190
Average SAT Score 1080

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Northern Illinois University?

Northern Illinois University typically requires applicants to be in the top 66 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 970 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 860. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1080 out of 1600. The school ranks #26 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northern Illinois University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1190 and Above Good >67%
1080 to 1190 Avg + 54%-67%
970 to 1080 Avg - 41%-54%
860 to 970 Reach 29%-41%
Less than 860 Low <29%
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Northern Illinois ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT
30%
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 25
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 22

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 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #30 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 30 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northern Illinois University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Northern Illinois University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >67%
22 to 25 Avg + 54%-67%
19 to 22 Avg - 41%-54%
16 to 19 Reach 29%-41%
Less than 16 Low <29%
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Northern Illinois GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.15
Typical High School Grades
B

What GPA do you need to get into Northern Illinois University?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into Northern Illinois. 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 #44 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 54% 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Northern Illinois University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,939 6,215 14,157
Accepted 4,470 3,228 7,698
Acceptance Rate 56% 52% 54%
Enrolled 991 865 1,856
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 27% 24%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
156

Applicants have 156 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on May 1, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northern Illinois University and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does Northern Illinois University prefer SAT or ACT?

51% of students submit their SAT scores to Northern Illinois. 30% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Northern Illinois University?

54% of those who apply are granted admission to Northern Illinois. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Northern Illinois University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 970 and 1190. 51% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Northern Illinois University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 25. 30% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.