Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, IL 60115-2828


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Medium
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 19,015
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 6%
Student to faculty ratio 14:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 5,000 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Northern Illinois University is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 14,980 applications and 7,766 students were granted admission. Northern Illinois University is at the #50 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 98% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 2% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT900 to 1120
ACT19 to 25

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

Northern Illinois University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $18,931 and in-state students paid $9,465.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 96% of Northern Illinois University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 48% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,477 (which is 1% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Northern Illinois University in 2016-2017, was 1,572, which is 70% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,110 (which is 15.2% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Northern Illinois University has enrolled a total of 19,015 students (14,616 students full-time and 4,399 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 19,015 students, 1,727 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 50% men and 50% women and 14,079 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 4,936 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 465 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 58%

Hispanic: 14%

Black/African American: 13%

Non-resident alien: 6%

Asian: 5%

Two or more races: 3%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Northern Illinois University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 25% 1,498
Engineering 13% 756
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 7% 434
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 5% 312
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 5% 279
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4% 261
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 4% 217
Physical Sciences 3% 199
Legal Professions And Studies 3% 176
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 3% 172

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Northern Illinois University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Northern Illinois University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $35,300. Last year, out of the total 6,081 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 5,716 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 6,686 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 6,151 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $35,300 $43,900
Employment Rate 94% 92%
Total Graduates 6,081 6,686

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Northern Illinois University.

Chicago State University
61.3 mile away