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Dekalb, Illinois

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Chances of getting into Northern Illinois University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
59%
Admission Difficulty for Northern Illinois University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsUnavailable
Applicant CompetitionAverage
How hard is it to get into Northern Illinois and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Northern Illinois is 59%.  It ranks #15 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Northern Illinois is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 9,888 out of 16,690 applicants were admitted.

Northern Illinois University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.3. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Northern Illinois application fee is $40 and applications are due by May 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by Northern Illinois University.

Northern Illinois SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
940-1170
Applicants Submitting SAT
51%
SAT Scores for Northern Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 470
SAT Math 25th 470
SAT Composite 25th 940
SAT Scores for Northern Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1170
Average SAT Score 1060

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 71 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 940 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 820. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1060 out of 1600. Northern Illinois ranks #28 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northern Illinois University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1170 and Above Good >71%
1055 to 1170 Avg + 59%-71%
940 to 1055 Avg - 46%-59%
825 to 940 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 825 Low <33%
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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 17
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 #28 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 30 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northern Illinois University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >71%
22 to 25 Avg + 59%-71%
19 to 22 Avg - 46%-59%
16 to 19 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 16 Low <33%
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Northern Illinois GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.3
Typical High School Grades
B+

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

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Northern Illinois. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Northern Illinois University was 3.3 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #37 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 59% 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
4.0 11.7% Good
3.75 to 3.99 15.89% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 15.84% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 13.87% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 14.51% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 20.66% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 7.43% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.1% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

73% 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 14%
Top 25% of class 37%
Top 50% of class 73%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Northern Illinois University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,901 6,782 16,690
Accepted 5,948 3,936 9,888
Acceptance Rate 60% 58% 59%
Enrolled 1,125 922 2,047
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 23% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
May 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on May 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Northern Illinois University is $40.

Application Requirements

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

Northern Illinois University Application Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
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?

59% of those who apply are granted admission to Northern Illinois. Admission competition is low and the college has unavailable 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 940 and 1170. 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.