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About Northeastern Illinois University

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College


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Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Not applicable

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


Northeastern Illinois University, which is located in Chicago, IL is a public university. Northeastern Illinois University covers an area of 67 acres. Northeastern Illinois University was founded in the year 1867. The motto of the Northeastern Illinois University is Excellence. Access. Diversity. Community and its official colors are gold and blue. Out of total 8,984 students enrolled at NIU, 5,700 belong to undergraduate courses while 1,723 are postgraduate students. The school has an academic staff of 691 who teach various courses to the students. Interestingly, Northeastern Illinois University has an ethnically diverse student population. At NIU around 39% belong to Hispanic ethnicity, 27% are white, and 10% are Black or African American. And, at the university, around 58% of the students are 24 and under. When it comes to gender distribution at the varsity, around 57% of the students are females and 43% are males. In its 153 years of existence, NIU has produced several known personalities like Michael Angelo Batio, Luis Gutiérrez, Iris Martinez, and Miguel del Valle. The school believes in the all-round growth of the students and therefore, encourages students to take part in several sporting activities, conducted inside the campus. Further, it boasts of a decent sports infrastructure. At NIU, 80 undergraduate and graduate-level programs, including both residential and online, are offered to the students. The university also has a long list of accreditations. It has been accredited by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), CORE (Council on Rehabilitation Education), CSWE (Council on Social Work Education), and HLC Higher Learning Commission.

Location & Contact


5500 N Saint Louis Ave


Email: N/A
Phone: 7735834050
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It becomes easier for the aspirants to apply to a university and have their doubts regarding the same cleared if the university has a ranking. When it comes to the ranking of a university or any educational institution, the more information a student has, the better. The ranking of a university helps a student in many ways. It helps them overcome the confusion of which university/college is good for them and also other prospects. Before taking admission, a student assesses their chosen university on various factors like research excellence, the performance of its students after graduation, and their experience, among others. Notably, for the rankings, the two publications, US News and Forbes, are trusted everywhere. However, it is to be noted that Northeastern Illinois University does not feature in the list of top colleges, according to the latest ranking by these two publications.


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

1st Aug

Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

380 - 490

ACT Range

15 - 22

Application Fee



Neither required nor recommended

High School GPA

Neither required nor recommended

Accept Common App


Admission to the university is easy and the students are recommeded to make the most out of it. The varsity has 2 admission thresholds. The admission process starts by filling up the form and submitting a fee of $30. As per the past trends, the SAT score of a student must lie in the range of 910-1120 to improve her chances. Notably, students securing ACT score less than 15 might also given admission but the average ACT score at Northeastern Illinois University is 18. The application process can be completed online. However, if needed, one can also visit the office at 5500 N Saint Louis Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699, or call (773) 583-4050.

Annual Cost to Attend

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Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


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Tuition fees and the cost of living during the course tenure are the next two things that a student should keep in mind before applying to NIU. The full-time cost of attendance is approximately $32,385 per year. If it sounds unaffordable to the applicant, there are numerous financial aid options available that they can explore.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.

Master's degree

Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


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Non-traditional Learning

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Distance Education

Study Abroad


Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

193 Graduates

Social Work

137 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

118 Graduates

Psychology, General

110 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

98 Graduates

Computer Science

91 Graduates

Biology, General

90 Graduates

Criminal Justice and Corrections

81 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

75 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

72 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

56 Graduates


45 Graduates

Human Resources Management and Serv...

43 Graduates


42 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

40 Graduates

Business/Commerce, General

38 Graduates


33 Graduates

Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

29 Graduates


29 Graduates

Political Science and Government

28 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

23 Graduates


22 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

18 Graduates

Mental and Social Health Services a...

16 Graduates


16 Graduates

Natural Resources Conservation and...

14 Graduates

Geography and Cartography

13 Graduates


13 Graduates

Special Education and Teaching

13 Graduates

Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

12 Graduates

Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...

12 Graduates

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multic...

11 Graduates


7 Graduates


6 Graduates


5 Graduates

International/Global Studies

3 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




29% White

10% Unknown

11% Black

37% Hispanic

2% Two or more races

3% Non Resident alien

8% Asian

0% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


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In State



Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$61,979 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


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Campus Food

The institution does not provide any meal plan options.

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Division Sports Nickname

The Golden Eagle

School Colors

blue and gold

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Not applicable

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Sports Club


Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


Campus Emergency Phones


24-Hour Escort Safety rides


Mobile Campus Emergency Alert


The university additionally offers an on-campus housing facility for students who wish to dwell nearby. A candidate will be needed to pay a normal expense of $10,518 per year for living on campus. At Northeastern Illinois University, students are offered well-cooked food keeping in mind their health and nutritional requirements. Additionally, the university offers a wide assortment of dining and meal options to the students. The university considers the safety and security of its students to be paramount. At NIU, campus safety and security features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. There are around 43% male and 57% female students enrolled at the university.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$118 - 259

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


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Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


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< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


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Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


In case the students at Northeastern Illinois University face any financial issues concerning the fees and cost of living, and find the same to be high, they can seek help from the financial aid department of the varsity. It focuses on settling the issues that students face, and candidates can be assisted with scholarships, grants, and student loans. The average financial aid at Northeastern Illinois University is around $2,556 and the federal grant is $5,087. The students at the university are provided with state aid and institutional aid. The state aid stands at $3,866, while the institutional aid is $2,556. The need-based scholarships awarded to students admitted to Northeastern Illinois University amount to $25,974,277 per annum. Meanwhile, the total non-need-based scholarships/grants awarded in a year total $965,266.

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