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Chances of getting into Northern Illinois University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
48.4%
Admission Difficulty for Northern Illinois University
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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 48% acceptance rate ranking it #8 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 7,588 out of 15,693 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 64 percent. Northern Illinois University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Northern Illinois University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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. The school ranks #33 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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 >61%
1055 to 1170 Avg + 48%-61%
940 to 1055 Avg - 35%-48%
825 to 940 Reach 24%-35%
Less than 825 Low <24%
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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 2019 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 >61%
22 to 25 Avg + 48%-61%
19 to 22 Avg - 35%-48%
16 to 19 Reach 24%-35%
Less than 16 Low <24%
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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. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Northern Illinois will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 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 9,035 6,652 15,693
Accepted 4,434 3,153 7,588
Acceptance Rate 49% 47% 48%
Enrolled 1,016 881 1,897
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 28% 25%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
May 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on May 1, 2021.

Application Fee

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

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?

48% 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 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.