Northern Illinois University in Dekalb

Dekalb, IL

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Overview

Northern Illinois University offers 408-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 51%. The most popular test is SAT - 2% of students submitted it in comparison to 98% of students who submitted ACT. 49.2% are women, and 50.8% are men. 6% percents of international students. Northern Illinois University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Northern Illinois University is 18899$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $17467 and $28223 per year. 50% of full-time Northern 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 $43,800, 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 Northern 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.

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$18,899
ABOVE AVERAGE

By Family Income

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

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$15,851
$30,001 - $48,000$16,769
$48,001 - $75,000$19,514
$75,001 - $110,000$23,180
$110,001+$24,374

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

    Neither required nor recommended:

    • Recommendations
    • Formal demonstration of competencies
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

    Finance

    Charges:

    • Typical room charge for academic year: -

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: 10766

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    Percent of students with financial aid

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    16%

    Types of financial aids

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    10536 of Northern Illinois University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 68 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Northern Illinois University number 8 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Illinois.

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

    Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
    $0 - $30,000
    100%
    $10,807
    $30,001 - $48,000
    100%
    $10,622
    $48,001 - $75,000
    99.11%
    $8,389
    $75,001 - $110,000
    96.6%
    $6,272
    $110,001+
    86.63%
    $4,045

    Salary After Attending

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    $43,800

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

    Students services

    Career

    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

    Yellow Ribbon Program

    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

    5%

    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 Northern Illinois University.

    ROTC

    ROTC - Army

    Study abroad

    Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

    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 offering 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.

    Athletic associations

    • Member of National Athletic Association
    • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • NCAA/NAIA member for football
    • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

    Graduation Rate

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    50%
    BELOW AVERAGE

    Northern Illinois University graduation rate is below the national average.

    50% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Northern 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 take into consideration 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 picture. 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

    8 : 1

    Admission considerations

    Required:

    • Secondary school GPA
    • Secondary school rank
    • Secondary school record
    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Admission test scores
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

    Recommended:

      Neither required nor recommended:

      • Recommendations
      • Formal demonstration of competencies
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

      Acceptance Rate

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

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      51%

      In comparison to National Average

      Northern 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 17%.

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      51%
      BELOW AVERAGE

      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 Northern Illinois University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 15%.

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      51%
      BELOW AVERAGE

      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.
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      25%

      Total

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      25%

      Full time

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      0%

      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate

      72%

      Part-time retention rate

      58%

      The Northern Illinois University full-time retention rate is 72% and part-time retention rate is 58%.

      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 counted in the retention rate.

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

      SAT/ACT scores

      SAT scores

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

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      2%

      Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
      1310 - 1600

      SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      Critical Reading: 450 - 530
      Math: 450 - 550
      Writing: 410 - 520

      SAT Test Score Range

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      ACT scores

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

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      98%

      Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
      19 - 25

      ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      English: 19 - 25
      Math: 18 - 25
      Writing: 6 - 8

      ACT Test Score Range

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      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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      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at Northern Illinois University is 15:1, that means that for every 15 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

      15:1
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      Men/Women

      Number of international students

      1354
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      6%

      Percent of international students

      Race/ethnicity breakdown

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      Students enrollment in distance education

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

      Distance education location breakdown

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      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Northern 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 Main Campus

      The campus located by 1425 West Lincoln Highway address in Dekalb, Illinois.

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      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 Northern Illinois University with 0.29% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, aggravated assault, and forcible sex offense.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      Northern Illinois University offers 408 programs in total: 171 are for Bachelor's degree, 171 - for Master's degree, 51 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, and 6 are Post-master's certificate.

      This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 312 universities in Illinois state. Northern Illinois University is one of the few institutions in Illinois that offers a Doctor's degree-research/scholarship program.

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      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.

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      Northern Illinois University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 13546 students with 406390 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 3682 with 88362 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 340 students.

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      Student Reviews and Ratings for Northern Illinois University

      Overall Rating:

      Overall Rating:

      Son went here and liked it, the area is going downhill last I heard, but overall a good school in the Chicago Land Area

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Its a shame how far NIU has fallen. It has gone from a school to a business, they do not care about you, your family or your future. All they care about is your money. Not only greedy NIU is also shady and corrupt, They sweep certain things under the rug such as sexual assault to make sure their campus looks squeaky clean, but in all reality it wreaks of filth and dishonesty. The decline from just one year of being a student here is unreal. The dining hall's aren't half as good as they were last year, they are pretty much just a big joke at this point. NIU even managed to ruin homecoming week by making this DJ Esco thing a huge joke. they charge students 12$ for tickets for this "party" and then don't have nearly enough tickets to sell to the students. But to me the biggest joke about NIU to me is the police force. The NIU police isn't like most police forces, unlike most officers of the law who are respectful and passionate workers, the NIU police represents a much different narrative. If I had to describe the NIU police in one word it would be "disappointment". They aren't here to protect and serve, they are here to intimidate and write tickets. They don't care about you or your safety, they care about making their money and going home.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      TotL educTion to orpsèd. Many extraaaq

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I went there in 1985. Horrible decision for me personally. I left after 1.5 years and finished at a small christian school. To me, "small" is better. At NIU I saw vandalism on my floor , drugs, so so food, and not really a culture of study. It was a culture of the "world." Just not a great environment. I remember a professor telling us all to look to the person to our left and then our right and then say to us, "one of you won't be here next year." Oh my word - THANKS for the loving encouragement. Sure enough, he was right, I was gone 1.5 years later. Then, you have to drive, walk, or take a bus MILES to and from classes on a ugly "average" at best campus. How enjoyable. Then, when you arrive at your 450 person class - it's often taught by someone you can hardly hear or understand. Will it give you a degree? Yes. For my money, I would rather spend a few more bucks and go to a smaller private school. Worth every penny. I know lots of people who "liked" NIU. But, nobody seems to LOVE having gone there. The professors can't hold a candle to those at a smaller University. The time, care and investment is 10 fold better at a smaller school. My .02 cents.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Good College with Friendly people around. Students have goo excellent opportunities to meet people of different country, culture etc. College houses excellent and big campus that spreads close to 900 Acres. College Faculty/Staff are extremely friendly and supportive. Very good on-campus job opportunity. Graduate assistantships and scholarships are available in plenty. College provides good transport round the clock to commute in and around DeKalb. Going to Chicago or O'Hare is still a trouble. Have to spend more.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Location & Website

      Address: 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.

      Place:

      Religious affiliation: Not applicable

      Calendar system: Semester

      General Phone Number: +8008923050

      Institution is active in current year: 1

      Institution's internet website address: niu.edu

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