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Northern Illinois University

De Kalb, IL 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate71%

Northern Illinois University Admissions

Northern Illinois University is not difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Northern Illinois University is 71%. Last year, 25,946 students applied to Northern Illinois University and 18,338 were admitted.

Consult with Northern Illinois University's admissions department to confirm any application fees and information.

Northern Illinois University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Northern Illinois University's admissions stats.

Northern Illinois University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 15.8%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Waitlist No

Northern Illinois University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Northern Illinois University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 8 1

Applying Early to Northern Illinois University?

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

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Northern Illinois University Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Northern Illinois University?

Getting into Northern Illinois University is not difficult. Northern Illinois University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Northern Illinois University accepted 71% of all applicants, approximately 18,338 from 25,946 applicants.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like Northern Illinois University, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT.

Transferring to Northern Illinois University

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Northern Illinois University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Northern Illinois University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Northern Illinois University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Important
Academic GPA Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered

Make sure to check with Northern Illinois University for more information on admission factors.

Northern Illinois University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Northern Illinois University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Northern Illinois University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements high school class rank
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Northern Illinois University?

Students admitted to Northern Illinois University have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 25.77% submitted a class rank. At Northern Illinois University 15.8% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 25.77% were in the top 25% and 74.23% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Northern Illinois University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 19.58%
3.75 and 3.99 14.93%
3.50 and 3.74 14.85%
3.25 and 3.49 13.07%
3.00 and 3.24 14.9%
2.50 and 2.9 19.66%
2.00 and 2.49 2.94%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Northern Illinois University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Northern Illinois University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

More Information on Transferring to Northern Illinois University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Northern Illinois University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Northern Illinois University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Northern Illinois University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Northern Illinois University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Northern Illinois University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Northern Illinois University accept transfer credits?

✅ Northern Illinois University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Northern Illinois University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Do I have to submit test scores to Northern Illinois University?

✅ Northern Illinois University is not test optional.

What is Northern Illinois University's acceptance rate?

✅ Northern Illinois University's acceptance rate is 71%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Northern Illinois University?

❌ Northern Illinois University does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About Northern Illinois University?

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Northern Illinois University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into Northern Illinois University? Northern Illinois University is a less selective institution. The Northern Illinois University acceptance rate is 71%. This means that the institution accepts 70 out of every 100 applicants.


Northern Illinois University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northern Illinois University is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northern Illinois University is Aug 1.

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

Northern Illinois University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

Northern Illinois University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Northern Illinois University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.0. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

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Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

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Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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