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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.
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!
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