Admissions Information

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 the academic year 2019-20, the acceptance rate is 48.35% and the 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 in the school (Fall 2019). The following table and chart show the admission statistics including the 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 Rate 48.35%47.40%49.08%
Yield 25.00%27.94%22.91%

SAT and ACT Score Distribution

For the 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 the 25th percentile is 470. The SAT Math score is 580 (75th) and 470 (25th). The submitted ACT composite score is 25 (75th percentile) and 19 (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

It 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. The next table summarizes the application requirements to apply Northern Illinois University.
For more admission information such as minimum GPA and deadlines, see its 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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