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Northern Illinois Demographics & Diversity

Dekalb, Illinois

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Northern Illinois are mainly White with a smaller Black population. The school has high racial diversity. 43% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Northern Illinois University students
Race Percent of Students
White 57%
Black 16%
Hispanic 15%
Asian 5%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
International 2%
Race Unknown 1%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 20% more female students than male students enrolled at Northern Illinois University with a gender ratio of 55% women to 45% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Northern Illinois has a comparable gender diversity ratio to other US colleges and is inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for Northern Illinois University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 45%
Women 55%
Enrollment by gender for Northern Illinois University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 7,372
Women 8,862

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

Northern Illinois serves a very low number of students outside of Illinois, with 93 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Northern Illinois University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 93%
Out of State 7%
Foreign 0%
Unknown Location 1%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$75,712 per year

51% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 16.1%
Part time Undergrads 12%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147703 IPEDS survey data for Northern Illinois University.