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Northern Illinois Admission Requirements

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Your chances of getting into Northern Illinois University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

70.7%
Admission Difficulty for Northern Illinois University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Northern Illinois is 70.7%.  Its admission rate is the 27th lowest in Illinois.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Northern Illinois and can you get accepted?

Northern Illinois is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 18,348 out of the 25,961 who applied 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. 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Northern Illinois?

71% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Northern Illinois University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.3 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1060 on the SAT
  • Score 22 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Northern Illinois GPA

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?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Northern Illinois are to have around a 3.3 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Northern Illinois accepts 71% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Northern Illinois is 3.3 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #39 in Illinois for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Northern Illinois is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.3 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Northern Illinois University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 16.41% Good
3.75 to 3.99 12.4% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 13.22% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 15.92% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 14.9% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 19.95% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 7.16% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.04% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Northern Illinois SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required by Northern Illinois University. The school has a test blind policy.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

940-1170

Applicants Submitting SAT 

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

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Northern Illinois is 1060 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 940-1170. Students who get into Northern Illinois University score in the top 71 percent of all SAT test takers..  Northern Illinois ranks #30 in the state of Illinois for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1060 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Northern Illinois regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 940 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 940, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 820, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Northern Illinois University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not considered for admission, even if submitted (test blind)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1060 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1055, you have around a 71% chance of being admitted. A 1170 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 82% chance of getting in.

Northern Illinois University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1170 and Above Good >82%
1055 to 1170 Avg + 71%-82%
940 to 1055 Avg - 56%-71%
825 to 940 Reach 40%-56%
Less than 825 Low <40%
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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
Reading 25th Percentile 18
Math 25th Percentile 17
Composite 25th Percentile 19
ACT Scores for Northern Illinois University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 25
Math 75th Percentile 25
Composite 75th Percentile 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Northern Illinois?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Northern Illinois is 22, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 19 and 25.  The school ranks #32 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 22. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 19 and score in the score in the top 56 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 16.

30 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northern Illinois University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Northern Illinois University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not considered for admission, even if submitted (test blind)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Northern Illinois for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 22 score has around 71% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 82% with a 25 ACT score.

Northern Illinois University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >82%
22 to 25 Avg + 71%-82%
19 to 22 Avg - 56%-71%
16 to 19 Reach 40%-56%
Less than 16 Low <40%
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High School Class Rank

72% of Northern Illinois University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 36% are in the top quarter.

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 36%
Top 50% of class 72%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Northern Illinois University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 15,040 10,906 25,961
Accepted 10,971 7,367 18,348
Acceptance Rate 73% 68% 71%
Enrolled 1,295 1,145 2,440
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 12% 16% 13%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

46

Applicants have 46 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Northern Illinois University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

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 Not considered for admission, even if submitted (Test Blind)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Required to be considered for admission
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Northern Illinois University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Northern Illinois is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.3 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1060 on the SAT and 22 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Northern Illinois University often consider these colleges

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?

71% of those who apply are granted admission to Northern Illinois. Admission competition is low and the college has easy 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. The average SAT score is 1055. 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. The average ACT score is 22. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.