Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University

Choosing the right college is a big decision. Your undergraduate experience will shape your career and many other aspects of your life. So why choose NIU? Located 65 miles west of Chicago, Northern Illinois University is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university. We believe a life-changing education should be within reach of everyone, and we strive to deliver a university experience tailored to your interests and driven by your dreams. Whether you’re a freshman who wants to explore your passions or a career-focused transfer student, we’ll help you develop your talents and blaze your own unique path to success.

Academic Programs

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Performing Arts
  • Research
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Distance/online learning
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


NIU does not consider ACT or SAT scores for general admission. If your cumulative high school GPA is 3.0 or higher, you're guaranteed general admission.  If your GPA is below 3.0, we'll use our holistic application review process to reach a decision. In addition to your application, we must receive your official high school transcript. Self-reported credentials can be used for initial admission consideration, but must be submitted through our self-report form. There is no application fee.


  • Summer Term – May 15
  • Fall Term – August 1
  • Spring Term – December 1

Additional Information

Complete your application by December 1 and you’ll receive full consideration for merit-based scholarships. We’ve eliminated an out-of-state tuition rate for U.S. students. NIU does not consider ACT or SAT scores for general admission, admission to the University Honors Program, or merit scholarships. 

Northern Illinois University celebrates diversity in all its forms. We feel that diversity in gender, ethnicity, physical ability, religious beliefs, age, and sexuality is what makes the world an interesting place. Creating an environment in which those differences are not only acknowledged but celebrated is our goal. Diversity makes the educational experience richer and makes NIU the ideal place to learn. By learning in an environment that is filled with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of backgrounds, we create an environment where stereotypes are challenged, experiences are shared and minds are opened. This experience lays the groundwork for working and living with people from all backgrounds. 

Learn more about student life at NIU. Through internships, undergraduate research opportunities, study abroad possibilities, 320 student organizations, on-campus jobs and more, the faculty and staff of NIU work hard to provide you with life-changing opportunities.

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Northern Illinois University is a nationally recognized public research university. In our diverse community with more than 300 student organizations and NCAA Division I athletic programs, going to class is just part of the student experience. See what else is in store for you during your life as a Huskie. Join us for a virtual admissions overview session, or check out one of our virtual tours. You can also schedule a personalized appointment to chat live with an admissions counselor and learn more about NIU, the admissions process, and much more!

Now is a great time to connect with us!

We have the resources you'd expect from a nationally recognized public research university, and you'll feel at home in our dynamic campus. We'll give you personalized guidance as you earn a degree that’ll take you anywhere. Your Future. Our Focus.

Mayra Lagunas, AVP & Director of Admissions, Office of Undergraduate Admissions/2022
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350 Normal Rd., Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828, United States of America

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