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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.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||470|
|SAT Math 25th||470|
|SAT Composite 25th||940|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||590|
|SAT Math 75th||580|
|SAT Composite 75th||1170|
|Average SAT Score||1060|
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 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
|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%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||18|
|ACT Math 25th||17|
|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|
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
|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%|
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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
70% of Northern Illinois University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||23%||28%||25%|
Applicants have 67 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on May 1, 2021.
What are the requirements for admission to Northern Illinois University and what student information is used for 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.
51% of students submit their SAT scores to Northern Illinois. 30% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.
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.