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Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy. Dekalb, IL 60115 Phone: (800) 892-3050
  • General Information
    About Northern Illinois University

    Founded in 1895 as Northern Illinois State Normal School, Northern Illinois University is a multipurpose educational institution, mature in its aims and ideals and confident of its capacity to respond to the demands of the future. The university's growth and development since its creation attest to its ability to respond to changing circumstances, to support new initiatives, and to preserve the enduring values that sustain its fundamental purposes. The central mission of the university is the transmission, expansion, and application of knowledge through teaching, research and artistry, and public service. In fulfilling that mission, Northern Illinois University meets the needs of students for liberal, professional, technical, and lifelong education. Mindful of the changing needs of the society it serves, the university reviews its programs at regular intervals, assesses their quality and their capacity to fulfill their objectives, and expressly commits itself to their continuing development or redirection when appropriate


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Public
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • ROTC (Army)
    • Distance learning opportunities
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    • Placement services for completers
    • On-campus day care for students' children
    Credit Accepted
    • Advanced placement (AP) credits
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Master's degree
    • Post-master's certificate
    Campus Setting
    • Suburb: Small
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 17,787
    Percent Admitted 59%
    Men Admitted 60%
    Women Admitted 57%
    Full Time Retention Rate 72%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 470 570
      Math 485 585
      Writing 450 560
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 19 24
      English 19 24
      Math 18 25
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 28,335
    Native American 74
    Asian 1,533
    African American 3,103
    Hispanic 1,899
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 15,859
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 2,243

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