Northern Illinois University

1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., Dekalb, IL
4-year
Medium
Suburban

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Questions and Answers about Northern Illinois University

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6 months ago
Does NIU have a color guard?
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7 months ago
Does NIU have sport clubs?
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7 months ago
Will USC accept dual enrollment credit as college credits?
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8 months ago
Does Northern Illinois University accept work experience as credit?
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Does Northern Illinois University offer any online clubs?
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Majors offered at Northern Illinois University

Biggest majors
Psychology, General
Accounting and Related Services
Communication, General

Academics at Northern Illinois University

970-1190
SAT Score Range
400
1600
Required with application
19-25
ACT Score Range
1
36
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
13 to 1
Selectivity
Somewhat Selective (54% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Public 4-year institution

Demographics for Northern Illinois University Students

Ethnicity BreakdownAsianBlackCaucasianHispanicMiddle EasternNative AmericanPacific Islander
Northern Illinois University Students8%25%42%28%2%2%1%
All Bold.org College Students11%21%37%25%2%2%1%
Gender breakdown
Northern Illinois University Students
27%
70%
Male
Female
< 3% Gender nonconforming
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Common careers for Northern Illinois University students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)122k
Senior Software Engineer105k
Software Engineer74k
Electrical Engineer71k
Software Developer70k
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)67k
Mechanical Engineer65k
Based on 20,405 student responses
53.9kAvg. Early Career Pay
97kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
48%in High-Meaning careers
20%in STEM careers

Net price of attending Northern Illinois University

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Student reviews of Northern Illinois University

by Bold.org students

3.7

5

4

3

2

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Recommended by

92% of students

Known for

Welcoming student body
Awesome study spaces and libraries
Beautiful campus
Accessible and helpful professors
Diverse and Inclusive
Raeanna Tremethick
Painting and Studio Art
Playwriting
Gardening
Reading + 3 others

5.0

WHAT I LIKED

I absolutely love the BFA Acting Program that I am in at NIU. The professors are extremely nice and supportive, along with the students I've met. I recommend NIU to anyone who wants great professors and to have a good experience.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Sometimes the dining halls do not have the best food options and the food can become repetitive. In addition to this, the water in the dorms is not the best.

Adrienne Kelenc
Dog Training
Exercise And Fitness
Reading

3.0

WHAT I LIKED

I liked that there were a lot of student activities to participate in. I felt the nursing program was good. I liked the availability to work on campus.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I didn’t care for the dorm accommodations

3.0

WHAT I LIKED

My educational experience at Niu has been decent. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the amount of connecting assignments. Teachers are always willing to help, I have not had a bad experience yet. It is very self-taught though. You have to be willing to put in the time and effort.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Staying in Neptune or Stenson is a bad idea because those buildings are nasty. The dining halls close early and most of the time the food is not great. I would. not recommend coming here without a car.

Marshall Anderson
Acting And Theater
Playwriting
American Sign Language (ASL)
History

3.0

WHAT I LIKED

From what I've heard, it seems very dependent on the department and what kind of experience you'll have, but the psychology department faculty are wonderful. As a transgender person, I feel safe in all my classes with my professors. Dorming is hard as a transgender person but I have managed to get by with minimal problems.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The residential halls are not perfect and they are very old, but they are kept very clean. The dining hall food is good for how cheap and accessible it is, and you can get some really healthy meals from the dining hall.

Brooklynn Staton
Drawing And Illustration
Painting and Studio Art
Animation

5.0

WHAT I LIKED

I really like the resources available to me and how easily I can contact the faculty. Advising sessions are very clear and helpful. As well as the advisors are well informed and kind. Signing up for classes was a piece of cake!

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Dorm situations are not ideal, however, due to the population at NIU, it's somewhat understandable.

Jubilee Woo
Exercise And Fitness
Criminology
Writing
Reading + 6 others

4.0

WHAT I LIKED

I like being able to communicate with the staff here who are willing to help you and are willing to advocate for you. I also like being able to meet new people on campus! Making new friends came easily for me here and I am glad to have some of the best supporters by my side at NIU!

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I would be careful with the greek life here at NIU. It can be toxic at times, especially within sororities. Fraternities aren't that bad though.

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