NIU

Northern Illinois University

1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, United States
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  • Total Documents
    523
  • Class Notes
    222
  • Textbook Notes
    166
  • Study Guides
    132
  • Currently Enrolled
    30
  • Previously Enrolled
    41

Overview of Northern Illinois University (NIU)

About this school

Northern Illinois, founded in 1895, is a public university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. Its 755-acre campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:13,454
    • Men:6,752 Men (50.2%)
    • Women:6,702 Women (49.8%)

Location

Admission Information (NIU)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Northern Illinois University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
2
4
Science
2
4
Foreign Language
1
2
Social Studies
2
3
History
1
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
Not reported
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Not reported

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
-
City, State, Zip
De Kalb, IL 60115-2854
Phone
(815) 753-0446
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
August 1
Application Fee
$40
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
High school class rank required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
53% of 14,641 applicants were admitted
Women
55% of 8,198 applicants were admitted
Men
52% of 6,443 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
2,516 (32%) of 7,806 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,312 (29%) of 4,471 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,204 (36%) of 3,335 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.26
375 And Above
24%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
24%
2.00 - 2.49
9%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
22 average |19-24 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
5%
• Score 24 - 29
27%
• Score 18 - 23
54%
• Score 12 - 17
14%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (NIU)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $12,262|Out-of-state: $21,727 (44.39%)
  • Room & Board: - $10,880 (39.39%)
  • Other Expenses: - $1,400 (5.07%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $3,080 (11.15%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Northern Illinois University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Not reported
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001737
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
1,661 (91.1%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
1,388 (83.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,378 (99.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
128 (9.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
65%
Average Award
$14,067
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,322 (95.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,337
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,218 (88.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,181
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 75 (5.4%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
264 (14.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,819

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
10,723 (82.7%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
9,309 (86.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
9,222 (99.1%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
667 (7.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
61%
Average Award
$12,759
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 7,643 (82.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,232
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 8,436 (91.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,950
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 249 (2.7%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,154 (8.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,194

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
76%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$34,708
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
11.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, TEACH Grants
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Humanities, International Studies, Library Science, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Dance, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Community Service, Leadership, Memberships
Special Characteristics
Adult Students, Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Children with a Deceased or Disabled Parent, Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, Handicapped Students, International Students, Members of Minorities, Veterans, Veterans' Children

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,641

Academics & Instruction (NIU)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


808

Part-Time Faculty


259

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


63%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 25% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 23% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 26% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 12% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 5% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 7% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 2% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 44% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 27% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 29% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Not reported

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
2,498,645
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
1500
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Northern Illinois University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


73.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


20.7%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


39.5%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


45.0%

Programs & Majors (NIU)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (66)


  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • Computer Science
  • Dietetics/Dietitian
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • History, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Journalism
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Health professions and related sciences, Business/marketing, Communication/journalism

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, Juris Doctor

Master's Programs of Study (55)


  • Accounting
  • Adult Education
  • Anthropology
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Computer Science
  • Counselor Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dance
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Foundations and Philosophy of Education
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Management
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music
  • Nursing--General
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Reading Education
  • Romance Languages
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics
  • Taxation
  • Theater

Campus Life (NIU)

Location & Geography

Population


43,849

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Chicago

Campus Size


650 acres

Weather


Temperature
9.8 average low in January, 80.2 average high in September
Rain
-

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in DeKalb
Nearest Train Station
35 mile(s) from campus in Geneva

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing

Students of College Housing


27% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Students required to live on campus through senior year

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


73%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Victor E. Huskie
School Colors
Cardinal and black

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, cross-country running, football, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Northern Illinois University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, american marketing association, delta sigma pi, pi sigma epsilon, black choir, student volunteer choir

Sororities


3% of women participate

Fraternities


4% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


11,788

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
13,454
Women
6,702
Men
6,752

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 5.5% Asian
  • 16.1% Black/African-American
  • 18.2% Hispanic/Latino
  • 3.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 55.9% White
  • 0.4% Unknown

International Students


1.9% from 48 countries

Average Age


23

Number of Graduate Students


4,588

Student Resources (NIU)

Study resources

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