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Located in Dekalb, Illinois, Northern Illinois University is a public institution. Dekalb is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

136 Undergraduate Degrees
22 Graduate Degrees
$22,638 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
53% Acceptance Rate

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Northern Illinois University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NIU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#75 Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards NIU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#79 Best Value Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#142 Best Colleges for the Money College Factual

Where Is Northern Illinois University?

Location of Northern Illinois University

Contact details for NIU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., Dekalb, IL 60115-2828
Phone: 800-892-3050

How Do I Get Into NIU?

You can apply to NIU online at:

Admission Requirements for NIU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into NIU?

53% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at NIU is 53%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 52%, and the acceptance rate for women is 55%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to NIU submitted their SAT scores.NIU received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 24. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Northern Illinois University  ( 18 to 24 )
ACT Math Scores for Northern Illinois University  ( 18 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for Northern Illinois University  ( 19 to 24 )

Can I Afford Northern Illinois University?

$22,638 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
7.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NIU is $22,638. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At NIU, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $7,177 a year. That adds up to $28,708 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NIU is 7.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Northern Illinois University Undergraduate Student Diversity

10,567 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 12,131 undergraduate students at NIU, with 10,567 being full-time and 1,564 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  NIU

There are also 4,478 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 10,567 full-time undergraduates at NIU, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NIU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northern Illinois University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NIU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 607
Black or African American 1,984
Hispanic or Latino 2,041
White 5,274
International Students 221
Other Races/Ethnicities 440

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Northern Illinois University. At this time, 20 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 78 countries are represented at NIU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Northern Illinois University

649 Took All Classes Online
2,027 Took At Least One Class Online
9.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,027 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NIU has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of NIU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northern Illinois University was 9.1%. This is the #934 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NIU regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Northern Illinois University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 136 0 136
Nursing Science 0 22 22
TOTAL 136 22 158


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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