Northern Illinois University

2,284 reviews
  1. DeKalb, IL
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  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

Northern Illinois University Rankings

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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
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.107 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.108 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.107 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 50 responses
Report
  • Active
    48%
  • Bored
    18%
  • Aspiring
    16%
  • Some are friendly, some are not nice
    16%
  • Complex
    2%
  • Enthusiastic
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.146 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.189 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 55 responses
Report
  • Learning today, leading tomorrow
    36%
  • Cold and "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow"
    25%
  • Husky Pride
    15%
  • Cold
    11%
  • Boring as hell
    5%
  • Im still learning about everything
    4%
  • Lending today, Losing tomorrow
    4%

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%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.59 responses

Reviews

2,284 reviews
  • Excellent
    257
  • Very Good
    719
  • Average
    996
  • Poor
    194
  • Terrible
    85
My freshman year was an ok year, but my second year so far has been one of the most fun filled times of my life!
  • College Sophomore
  • 9 days ago
There are always the good with he bad. Some times there not the best and don't care for the focus of the students. But some teachers are so involved with their students and are more than willing to help and go above and beyond. I have luckily been blessed with a lot of amazing professors.
  • College Sophomore
  • 10 days ago
I enjoyed attending Northern Illinois University. I liked all of my teachers. What I did not like was how much I was charged for tuition during student teaching. I was only on campus 4 times during student teaching but I was still charged technology and library fees. Also I was charged a full tuition when I did not attend one class that semester.
  • Alum
  • 15 days ago