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 undergraduate students 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 providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing 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 index doesn’t consider 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 keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school offers 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

      The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the 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:

      A great university with a beautiful campus. Most staff are friendly and willing to help. There have many programs on campus that you can be involved in.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I got my MA in linguistics from this lovely university.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Northeastern Illinois University is a nationally recognized comprehensive university. The school is located in Chicago, Illinois, the largest city in the United States. It covers 67 acres and was founded in 1867. It is one of the famous public universities in the United States. The students from 56 different countries have also been rated as “the most diversified universities in the Midwest” by American World News, of which Asians account for about 9%. The main majors of the school are accounting, rhetoric and speech, special education, sociology, Spanish language and literature, and social work.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      This school is on its' way out. They fired half the staff during the state budget impasse in 2017, so now class sections are extra-packed and to get in with a teacher who is of any quality you must be prepared months and months in advance. The leadership of the school is extremely corrupt, during the budget impasse they paid 30K of your tuition to an Obama advisor to come deliver the commencement speech at graduation. I also personally had a minor issue with my student aid application for loans & grants that, due to an issue on the school's end, combined with the fact that everyone there is not motivated to help, resulted in me being passed from department to department, ruining my life and forcing me to drop out of school and work overnights for a year because I could not get the issue fixed. I will never again come back to NEIU. You will be closed down or forced to go private soon enough and good riddance!Edit: By the way, the computer science department has a few good teachers who truly care about their students. However, due to the plummeting enrollment there is only about 1-2 sections for these teachers every semester, and they are full on day one. Important classes that are necessary to proceed in the degree have maybe 2 sections total, and are taught by 90 year old teachers who will actually call their students "retarded" for asking questions in class.This school needs to be shut DOWN DOWN DOWN! DO NOT COME HERE

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I’m not a big fan of the campus or most of the classrooms given how old and outdated everything seems but overall NEIU is a great school with a welcoming environment, friendly atmosphere, safe neighborhood, and the BEST part is some of the professors who you’ll encounter/have class with are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and passionate about what they’re doing!!! I feel encouraged, inspired, and like I receive the help I need.

      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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