Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Northeastern Illinois University offers 204-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 58%. The most popular test is SAT - 1% of students submitted it in comparison to 92% of students who submitted ACT. 42.9% are women, and 57.1% are men. 5% percents of international students. The average annual total cost of attendance at Northeastern Illinois University is 16619$, that is above national average. 21% of full-time Northeastern Illinois University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $36,300, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Northeastern Illinois University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Northeastern Illinois University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$15,621
$30,001 - $48,000$15,948
$48,001 - $75,000$19,709
$75,001 - $110,000$22,553

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


    Neither required nor recommended:

    • Secondary school GPA
    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Recommendations
    • Formal demonstration of competencies



    • Typical room charge for academic year: -

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: -


    Percent of students with financial aid


    Types of financial aids


    4537 of Northeastern Illinois University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 54 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Northeastern Illinois University number 39 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Illinois.

    Students at Northeastern Illinois University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

    Salary After Attending


    According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

    Students services


    Academic/career counseling service

    Employment services for students

    Living & meal

    Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

    Institution provide on-campus housing

    Institution provides board or meal plan

    Veteran Services Available

    Credit for military training

    Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

    Recognized student veteran organization

    Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

    Disability services


    Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

    Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Alternative tuition plans

    Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

    Tuition guaranteed plan

    Tuition guarantee is a program which guarantees to entering first-time students that tuition will not increase for the years they are enrolled. These guarantees are generally time-bound for four or five years.

    Special learning opportunities

    Here are the learning opportunities available in Northeastern Illinois University.


    ROTC - Army

    ROTC - Air Force

    Study abroad

    Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

    Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

    Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

    ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

    Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

    Graduation Rate


    Northeastern Illinois University graduation rate is below the national average.

    21% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Northeastern Illinois University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

    The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

    Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

    Applying information

    Average number of admissions to one applicant

    1 : 1

    Average number of applicants to one enrolled

    6 : 1

    Admission considerations


    • Secondary school rank
    • Secondary school record
    • Admission test scores
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


      Neither required nor recommended:

      • Secondary school GPA
      • Completion of college-preparatory program
      • Recommendations
      • Formal demonstration of competencies

      Acceptance Rate

      The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


      In comparison to National Average

      Northeastern Illinois University acceptance rate is below national average.

      In comparison to state Average

      Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 68%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 10%.


      In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

      Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 66%, so Northeastern Illinois University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 8%.


      Admissions yield

      Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



      Full time


      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate


      Part-time retention rate


      The Northeastern Illinois University full-time retention rate is 61% and part-time retention rate is 36%.

      Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

      SAT/ACT scores

      SAT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Northeastern Illinois University students submitting SAT scores


      Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
      725 - 920

      SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      Critical Reading: 300 - 465
      Math: 425 - 455
      Writing: 0 - 0

      SAT Test Score Range


      ACT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Northeastern Illinois University students submitting ACT scores


      Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
      16 - 20

      ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      English: 14 - 21
      Math: 16 - 20
      Writing: 0 - 0

      ACT Test Score Range


      SAT Score Converter

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      For the High School Class of 2016:
      Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

      For the High School Class of 2017:
      Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at Northeastern Illinois University is 16:1, that means that for every 16 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

      Student-to-faculty ratio



      Number of international students


      Percent of international students

      Race/ethnicity breakdown


      Students enrollment in distance education


      In Northeastern Illinois University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

      Distance education location breakdown


      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Northeastern Illinois University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Illinois.

      Campus Safety

      The percentage of crimes on Northeastern Illinois University Main Campus

      The campus located by 5500 N St Louis Ave address in Chicago, Illinois.


      Northeastern Illinois University Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Northeastern Illinois University with 0.02% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Northeastern Illinois University Main Campus are aggravated assault, robbery, and motor vehicle theft.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      Northeastern Illinois University offers 204 programs in total: 117 are for Bachelor's degree and 87 are Master's degree.

      This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 134 universities in Cook county. Northeastern Illinois University is one of the few institutions in Cook that offers a Bachelor's degree program.


      Total credit/contact hours

      Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Illinois state average data to help you compare.


      Northeastern Illinois University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 6055 students with 181650 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1064 with 25533 credit hours.

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      Student Reviews and Ratings for Northeastern Illinois University

      Overall Rating:

      Overall Rating:

      Good education and great diversity program!

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Didn’t realize I loved being here up until my senior year.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      It's still odd to me that you could go to a college, get trained in a discipline, graduate, and still not have all the requirements for city or state certification. This 🏫 solves the problem. That's the answer for why you put up with the crowded parking, the fees, the commute, the tuition. Get the credits you need. Your head is in a different place. You're like yeah give me the knowledge. So many choices. Some great instructors. The ones who teach with passion. Who inspire questions, digging for answers. There are the others who always look like they need more coffee. Blessed are the sleepy, for they shall soon drop off - Nietzsche. You are not a sleeper. You're here to learn. Here you can.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      If I can give this "school" 0 stars, I certainly would. As a freshman, this has been far the worst choice I could have ever decided to take. This "school" is one big SCAM. They charge us for the most dumbest things possible. Oh, and don't live on campus neither you'll hate it. Here's what they do, they trick you into living in the campus apartments. They tell us how nice things will be just later for the management team to do us so dirty. The RAs are horrible. I've had RAs flirt with me saying sexual things, coming into the apartment without notification etc. They changed our guest policy I am not allowed to have my family spend the night over when they want anymore, it's now only Fridays and Saturdays. This is not what I signed a lease for. This is not what I came out of my pocket for ($350) for my deposits. The managers literally SUCK they have had complaints about bed bugs and rats, yet no action has been taken. They charge us over 5k a semester just to be told what the hell to do. This upcoming semester will be 11K for the 2018-2019 year. Back to NEIU, the campus is extremely old and dirty. The bathrooms are nasty, the classrooms barely get cleaned we have to come into class cleaning.This school is over populated also. The professors are seriously a JOKE, I'm waiting for someone to pinch me because I have to be dreaming.When emailing them, they are very disrespectful. Just last week I emailed a teacher asking to meet with him if he had a open office hour he responded with "who are you and why" JUST LIKE THAT. They are extremely rude and very racist. The professors offer little to ANY support whatsoever. I registered for a class just to be told "I've stopped adding people". YET when another student which whom was not of COLOR registered a week later, she was added. I have not learned one thing attending here, all the classes are high school classes considering that I take 100 levels and up. I've had so many doors slammed in my face since I've been here. Financial Aid really breaks my heart because they're extremely rude. I've been told "whatever, I can't help you" "set up a payment plan or we will send you to the collections agency". I have no help in this place, Professors ans Advisers pick and choose who they want to help. I've had very bad issues prior to coming here but being in The Nest and attending NEIU has really made depression worst as to where I'm seeing a Therapist. Just getting out of bed for class is hard. Considering it's only my second semester, I should be enjoying things but unfortunately I have not. I've tried and tried with NEIU considering the graduation rate of 24%, I'm sure to be transferring very soon. If you value your education and most importantly your happiness, please pursue into another school. Enjoy your college experience, have fun, LEARN as much as you can, do you best. College should never make you want to commit suicide or be depressed, stress is fine but NEIU isn't the place. This is one big scam. Really do your research! -Thank you

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      The school is very diverse and a lower budget choice. I graduated from their science/education programs. I found my degree in Biology to be challenging and largely based on book memorization with occasional hands on experience. Their lab experience seemed dated compared to other institutions. This tends to be the nature of Biology, but I wouldn't say they excelled in making the experience amazing or poor.Their education program however was very lacking. It seemed out of touch with employers/districts needs. There was little to no focus on methodology, classroom management techniques other than case studies. These are the two most important skills needed in order to achieve student mastery. They did not model what they taught and I found many of their classes to be instructor led discussions about student based teaching. There was an immense amount of time spent on lesson plans and preparing portfolio's. While both are important record keeping practices, they should have been interwoven into a curriculum focused on skills based learning.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Location & Website

      Address: 5500 N Saint Louis Ave


      Religious affiliation: Not applicable

      Calendar system: Semester

      General Phone Number: +7735834050

      Institution is active in current year: 1

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