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Northern Illinois, founded in 1895, is a public university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. Its 755-acre campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago.

Website: www.niu.edu/index.shtml

Public
Co-ed
12,131
Undergraduate
Students
(51.2%) 6,207 Women
(48.8%) 5,924 Men
4,478
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
48% of 15,693 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.40
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$27,624
Tuition and Fees
$12,261
Room and Board
$10,880
Average Percent of Need Met
68%
Average Freshman Award
$14,875
Average Indebtedness of 2019 Graduates
$33,915
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
803
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 23% of classes
20-29 students: 26% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

De Kalb Population
43,849
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Chicago
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
30% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Victor E. Huskie
Sororities
3% of women participate
Fraternities
3% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.9% Asian
17.8% Black/African-American
19.6% Hispanic/Latino
3.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
52.5% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students
1.9% from 49 countries
First-Year Students Returning
73.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
25.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
26.0%
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