Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
High

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 students of color. 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%

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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Very High

There are 6% more female students than male students enrolled at Northern Illinois University with a gender ratio of 51% women to 49% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Northern Illinois has a higher gender diversity than other US colleges and is very inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for Northern Illinois University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 49%
Women 51%
Enrollment by gender for Northern Illinois University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 8,345
Women 8,824

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

Northern Illinois serves a very low number of students outside of Illinois, with 94 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Northern Illinois University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 94%
Out of State 5%
Foreign 1%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$75,712 per year

46% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Enrollment
17,169
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.