Northern Illinois University

2,261 reviews
  1. DeKalb, IL
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    C+
Northern Illinois University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
Address
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Dekalb, IL 60115
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
51%
SAT Range
930-1130
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$18,533/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,851/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,769/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,514/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,180/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,374/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.150 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.156 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.155 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,489Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
54%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 88 responses
Report
  • Active
    36%
  • Aspiring
    19%
  • Some are friendly, some are not nice
    19%
  • Bored
    14%
  • Complex
    8%
  • Enthusiastic
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.181 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.227 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 100 responses
Report
  • Learning today, leading tomorrow
    26%
  • Husky Pride
    22%
  • Cold and "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow"
    18%
  • Im still learning about everything
    10%
  • Cold
    8%
  • Your future, our focus
    5%
  • Boring as hell
    5%

After Northern Illinois University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
50%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
77%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.109 responses

Reviews

2,261 reviews
  • Excellent
    259
  • Very Good
    725
  • Average
    997
  • Poor
    195
  • Terrible
    85
So far I haven't enjoyed my time here. Unless you are a partier or an athlete there isn't much opportunity to meet people in a fun environment. There also isn't a very large LGBTQ community. Dekalb is you typical small midwest town, in that it's conservative set in its' ways. The dorm you choose is very important! Neptune is great because you are so close to classes, however, the floors are so large that it is difficult to form relationships with the people you live with. The other dorms seem more social, however, they are pretty far from most classes.
  • Freshman
  • 27 days ago
Off campus housing is not that bad the landlords that I have experience are nice and very understanding of any given situation. The parking lots are huge so parking is not a problem. One con can be availability because spot are taken very fast sometimes a spot can be the prize of a competition between individuals. Safety is very important because they have gated apartments, police phones and also patrolling the neighborhoods. One thing I love is there is soooo much variety at NIU. You have studios, apartments 1-4 bedrooms and the best if all town houses. I can't wait to move in already I'm excited!
  • College Junior
  • Aug 11 2013
NIU and its donors love to throw money into its sports. The Huskie football team has the newly built Yordon Center where they have state-of-the-art locker rooms and rehab pool/exercise equipment. Ever since the football team went to the Orange Bowl school morale has been boosted. We were excited that a medium sized school like ours could make it to a major bowl, and we want to see more of that! Plus, it helps that our quarterback Jordan Lynch was 7 places away from winning the Heisman, and he'll have another shot at it next year for his senior season.
  • College Sophomore
  • June 21 2013