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Northern Illinois University
De Kalb, IL
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.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 14,079
   Women 6,939 (49.3%)
   Men 7,140 (50.7%)
Graduate Students 4,936
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 52% of 14,980 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline August 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.26
SAT Math Not reported
SAT Critical Reading Not reported
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 22 average
19-25 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA        
Standardized Tests X      
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $25,965
Out-of-state: $35,430
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $12,212
Out-of-state: $21,677
  Room and Board $9,690
Average Percent of Need Met 65%
Average Freshman Award $13,947
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 847
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 26% of classes
10-19 students: 20% of classes
20-29 students: 26% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 9% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
De Kalb Population 43,849
Nearest Metropolitan Area Chicago
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 91% of freshmen, 28% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Victor E. Huskie
Sororities 4% of women participate
Fraternities 5% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.1% Asian
16.0% Black/African-American
17.0% Hispanic/Latino
3.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
57.3% White
0.5% Unknown
International Students 1.8% from 47 countries
First-Year Students Returning 73.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 23.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 26.0%