The next list compares two colleges briefly in important perspectives. You can compare two colleges with comprehensive information on the full comparison page.
  • Both are Public, 4 or more years schools.
  • BSU has more expensive tuition & fees ($27,132) than Northern Illinois University ($12,352).
  • It is harder to admit to Northern Illinois University than BSU.
  • BSU has a higher submitted SAT score (1,160) than Northern Illinois University (1,055).
  • BSU has more students with 21,884 students while Northern Illinois University has 17,169 students.
  • BSU has more full-time faculties with 1,046 faculties while Northern Illinois University has 830 full-time faculties.
The following table compares the two rival schools - Ball State University and Northern Illinois University.
Which school is more in your mind and would you like to go to?
BSUNorthern Illinois University
BSUvs.Northern Illinois University
Muncie, IndianaLocationDekalb, Illinois
Public, 4 or more yearsSchool TypePublic, 4 or more years
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practiceHighest Degree OfferedDoctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice
Research University (high research activity)Carnegie ClassificationResearch University (high research activity)
In-State$10,144
Out-Of-State$27,132
Tuition & Fees
In-State$14,610
Out-Of-State$12,352
69% ($10,960)% Receiving Financial Aid (Avg. amount)72% ($8,809)
$10,960Average Amount of Financial Aid$8,809
62.08 %Acceptance Rates53.32 %
26.54 %Yield (Enrollment Rates)23.73 %
1,160SAT Score1,055
-ACT Score22
67 %Graduation Rate49 %
24 %Transfer-out Rate-
78 %Retention Rate73 %
21,884Student Population17,169
1,046Number of Faculties830
16 to 1Student to Faculty Ratio13 to 1
Distance Learning (Online Classes), ROTC, Study Abroad, Weekend/Evening College, Teacher CertificationSpecial Learning OpportunitiesDistance Learning (Online Classes), ROTC, Study Abroad, Teacher Certification
Academic/career counseling service, Employment services, Placement services, On-campus daycareOn Campus Student ServicesAcademic/career counseling service, Employment services, Placement services, On-campus daycare

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