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 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.
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Northern Illinois SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT51%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||490|
|SAT Math 25th||480|
|SAT Composite 25th||970|
|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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|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%|
Northern Illinois ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT30%
|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||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.
|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%|
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 #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.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||22%||27%||24%|
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
51% of students submit their SAT scores to Northern Illinois. 30% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.