Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU)

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Northeastern Illinois University can be found in Chicago, IL, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. NEIU has an enrollment of about 7,700 students.

Students can submit either the SAT Exam or ACT scores at NEIU. A score between 910 - 1120 on the SAT exam, or 15 - 22 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. We were able to estimate the NEIU average GPA (2.64 - 3.14) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. About 60 percent of all applicant were admitted at Northeastern Illinois University, and from those that were granted acceptance about 16 percent continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NEIU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Northeastern Illinois University was reported as 58.5% in Fall 2020 with over 4,710 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • NEIU ACT Scores: 15 - 22
  • NEIU Average GPA: 2.64 - 3.14

How Hard Is It to Get into Northeastern Illinois University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Northeastern Illinois University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Northeastern Illinois University has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 71.0%
  • 2017-2018: 69.4%
  • 2018-2019: 55.6%
  • 2019-2020: 58.5%
  • Projected NEIU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 57.0%

How Does NEIU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Northeastern Illinois University is three percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
North Park University47.6%
Moody Bible Institute94.4%
Concordia University-Chicago74.7%
Dominican University64.3%
School of the Art Institute of Chicago57.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NEIU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading470 - 570
Math440 - 550
Total Score910 - 1120
ACT®Score Range
English15 - 21
Math16 - 21
Composite Score15 - 22
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