Northern Illinois University (NIU)

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Northern Illinois University can be found in Dekalb, IL, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. NIU has around 25,000 students enrolled annually.

Most of the students admitted to NIU had an SAT score between 1330 to 1660, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 19 to 24. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the NIU average GPA ranges from 2.98 to 3.33 for accepted students. NIU has an acceptance rate of around 56% with 18% of applicants deciding to continue on and enroll. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected NIU acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 56%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NIU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Northern Illinois University was reported as 56.1% in Fall 2013 with over 25,900 applications submitted to Northern Illinois University. 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

  • NIU SAT Scores: 1330 - 1660
  • NIU ACT Scores: 19 - 24
  • NIU Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Northern Illinois University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Northern 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 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Northern Illinois University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 58.6%
  • 2010-2011: 54.3%
  • 2011-2012: 52.5%
  • 2012-2013: 56.4%
  • 2013-2014: 56.1%
  • Projected NIU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 55.5%

How Does NIU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Northern Illinois University is one percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Northeastern Illinois University60.1%
Northwestern University15.3%
Loyola University Chicago91.4%
DePaul University59.9%
University of Illinois at Chicago71.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes 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 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NIU (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading450 - 550
Math450 - 580
Writing430 - 530
Total Score1330 - 1660
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 25
Math18 - 25
Composite Score19 - 24
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