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About Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University is a public, state school in an urban setting in Chicago, Illinois. Northeastern Illinois University was founded in 1961 and now enrolls around 7,119 students a year, including 5,220 undergrads.

Northeastern Illinois University offers housing for up to 0 students. Most students live off campus,.

As of 2021, the total market value of Northeastern Illinois University's endowment was $768031 thousand There are 12 undergraduate students for every full-time Northeastern Illinois University professor.

2021 Northeastern Illinois University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 61%
Average GPA 3.1
Mean ACT score 18
Mean SAT score 915
In-State Tuition $10,091
Out-of-State $20,181

2022 Northeastern Illinois University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University does not offer early decision or early action.

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Northeastern Illinois University Acceptance Rate 2021

It is slightly difficult to get into Northeastern Illinois University. Around 61% of applicants get into Northeastern Illinois University each year. In 2021, 2,965 out of 4,885 total applicants were accepted.

Northeastern Illinois University Waitlist

Northeastern Illinois University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Northeastern Illinois University?

Northeastern Illinois University is considered slightly difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Northeastern Illinois University, applicants must submit the following items.

Northeastern Illinois University Application Requirements

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Northeastern Illinois University Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Northeastern Illinois University is 3.1 /4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Northeastern Illinois University is 915. The mean ACT score for Northeastern Illinois University students is 18.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Northeastern Illinois University.

Does Northeastern Illinois University Require the ACT or SAT?

Northeastern Illinois University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 81% submitted the SAT. 7% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Northeastern Illinois University

Yes! Northeastern Illinois University provides on-campus housing for students.

Northeastern Illinois University students are active in the school's Student Government Association, United Greek Council and ASSW - Association of Student Social Workers. Talent Show, Student Organization Fair, and and Welcome Week are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Northeastern Illinois University.

Financial Aid at Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University meets 19% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,077 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Northeastern Illinois University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a university is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northeastern Illinois University

About 59% of students who start at Northeastern Illinois University return for their second year of college. Out of the 764 students who started at Northeastern Illinois University as first-time freshman, 27 graduate within four years.

Northeastern Illinois University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 21%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $11,355 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Northeastern Illinois University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Northeastern Illinois University a good school for you?

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Where is Northeastern Illinois University?

Northeastern Illinois University is located in the urban setting of Chicago, Illinois, less than an hour from Chicago.

If you want to see Northeastern Illinois University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90/94 to Chicago, or book a flight to the nearest airport, O'Hare International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Northeastern Illinois University and Chicago are like without leaving home.

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College Info

5500 North St Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625-4699

Campus Setting: Urban

Northeastern Illinois University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northeastern Illinois University is Jul 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northeastern Illinois University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Northeastern Illinois University ACT Scores


ACT Range

15 - 21

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Northeastern Illinois University is 18. Students with an ACT score of 21 and above have a good chance of getting into Northeastern Illinois University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 15 and 21 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 15 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Northeastern Illinois University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

820 - 980


Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Northeastern Illinois University students is 915. Applicants with SAT scores of 980 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Northeastern Illinois University, while applicants with SAT scores between 820 to 980 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 820 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Northeastern Illinois University.

Northeastern Illinois University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Northeastern Illinois University is like? There are approximately 7,119 students enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University, including 5,220 undergraduate students and 1,899 graduate students. 58% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from IL and 2% percent of students are from other states.


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