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Northern Illinois University Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Northern Illinois University, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is August 15 and the fee for the application is $40.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Northern Illinois University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Northern Illinois University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 14%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not even considered
Waitlist No

Applying Early to Northern Illinois University?

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

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Northern Illinois University Hard To Get Into?

Northern Illinois University is a moderately difficult school to get into. Northern Illinois University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Northern Illinois University accepted 59% of students, around 9,888 of the 16,690 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Northern Illinois University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What Does Northern Illinois University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating 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 put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Northern Illinois University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Northern Illinois University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Northern Illinois University must submit the following items. Double check 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

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

Students admitted to Northern Illinois University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 59% submitted a class rank. At Northern Illinois University 14% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 37% were in the top 25% and 73% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Northern Illinois University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 59%
3.75 and 3.99 11.7%
3.50 and 3.74 15.84%
3.25 and 3.49 13.87%
3.00 and 3.24 14.51%
2.50 and 2.9 20.66%
2.00 and 2.49 7.43%

Northern Illinois University doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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.

Transferring to Northern Illinois University

For transfer students, it is moderately 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 - Spring 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

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

Northern Illinois University is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is Northern Illinois University's acceptance rate?

Northern Illinois University's acceptance rate is 59%.

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Northern Illinois University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Northern Illinois University? Northern Illinois University is a somewhat selective institution. The Northern Illinois University acceptance rate is 59%. This means that the institution accepts 59 out of every 100 applicants.



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Northern Illinois University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northern Illinois University is Aug 15.

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

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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 3.3. 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.

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