Northern Illinois University Admissions

The application fee is $40 for applying undergraduate school and $40 for graduate school at Northern Illinois University. Next table presents general admission information.
General Admission Information
Open Admission PolicyNo
Undergraduate Application Fees$40
Graduate Application Fees$40
Admission Informationwww.niu.edu/Apply/index.shtml
Online Applicationwww.niu.edu/apply/index.shtml
Calendar SystemSemester
Credits AcceptedAdvanced placement (AP) Credits
Degree OfferedBachelor, Master, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), Doctorate (Professional Practice)

Admission Statistics

For academic year 2019-20, the acceptance rate is 48.35% and yield is 25.00%. 6,652 men and 9,035 women applied to Northern Illinois University and 3,153 men and 4,434 women students were accepted. Among them, 881 men and 1,016 women were enrolled into the school (Fall 2019). Following table and chart show the admission statistics including number of applicants, acceptance rate, and yield (also known as enrollment rate).
TotalMenWomen
Applicants15,6936,6529,035
Admitted7,5883,1534,434
Enrolled1,8978811,016
Acceptance Ratio 48.35%47.40%49.08%
Yield 25.00%27.94%22.91%

SAT and ACT Score Distribution

For academic year 2019-2020, 1,594 students (84% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 492 students (26%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score of Evidence-Based Reading/Writing is 590 and 25th percentile is 470. The SAT Math score is 580 (75th) and 470 (25th). The submitted ACT score is 75 (75th percentile) and 75 (25th percentile). .
25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing470590
SAT Math470580
ACT Composite1925
ACT Math1725
ACT English1825
The submitted SAT and ACT scores of admitted students at Northern Illinois University are low when comparing similar colleges (SAT: 1,151, ACT: 67 - Public Research University (high research activity)).

Application Requirements

Northern Illinois University requires to submit High School GPA, High School Rank, High School Record (or Transcript), Completion of College Preparatory Program, Recommendations and Formal Demonstration of Competencies to its applicants. Next table summarizes Northern Illinois University application requirements.
For more admission information such as minimum GPA and required years of subject, see Northern Illinois University online application page .
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Admission Requirements
High School GPARequired
High School RankRequired
High School Record (or Transcript)Required
Completion of College Preparatory ProgramRequired
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal Demonstration of CompetenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission Test ScoresRequired
TOEFLRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended


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