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Northern Illinois Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

51.8%
Admission Difficulty for Northern Illinois University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into Northern Illinois? The school has a 52% acceptance rate. Last year, 7,766 out of 14,980 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 60 percent. Northern Illinois University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

52% are accepted,
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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
980-1190
Applicants Submitting SAT
2%
SAT Scores for Northern Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 980
SAT Scores for Northern Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1190
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 64 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 980 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 875. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1085 out of 1600. 2 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.

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 >65%
1085 to 1190 Avg + 52%-65%
980 to 1085 Avg - 39%-52%
875 to 980 Reach 27%-39%
Less than 875 Low <27%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
19-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT
98%
ACT Scores for Northern Illinois University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
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
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. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 98 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
25 and Above Good >65%
22 to 25 Avg + 52%-65%
19 to 22 Avg - 39%-52%
16 to 19 Reach 27%-39%
Less than 16 Low <27%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Northern Illinois accepts 52% 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

Admission Statistics

Northern Illinois University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,220 6,760 14,980
Accepted 4,307 3,459 7,766
Acceptance Rate 52% 51% 52%
Enrolled 921 881 1,802
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 25% 23%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
224

Applicants have 224 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2019.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Northern Illinois before the Aug 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Mar 9 Mar 22
May 4 May 17
Jun 1 Jul 10
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Feb 9 Feb 20
Apr 13 Apr 23
Jun 8 Jun 18
Jul 13 Jul 23

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.