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Northern Illinois University Stats, Info and Facts

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16,609 Students

53% Admitted

  • 12,532 full time
  • 4,077 part time
  • 7,838 men full time
  • 8,771 women full time
  • 19,344 applied
  • 10,261 admitted
  • 3,508 enrolled

12,131 Undergraduates

$9,465 Tuition/Year

  • 4,478 Graduates
  • 30 Non-Degree
  • $9,465 in state
  • $4,739 fees
  • $9,784 room & board
  • $1,400 books and supplies

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At a Glance

Institution Type: Public
Campus Setting: Great Lakes Small suburb
Highest Degree Offered: Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Semester
School Mascot: Victor E. Huskie
School Colors: Red and Black
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Emily from Illinois
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  • It's a good school, if you're looking for the big public four year. The tuition isn't too out of hand, compared to some other schools. The education is what you…

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  • Ashley from Streamwood, IL
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  • niu is geared toward being a community, not being a huge school where not everyone knows each other. all around campus there are ways to get involved, athletics are great…

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  • Esha
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  • Northern is a great school academically. If you make good friends, stay focused on academics, and get involved either in the greek life or just in clubs and groups you…

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  • Jasmine Franklin from Chicago, IL
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  • When It comes to a great college with excellent advisors and counselors, It's Northern Illinois University. They provide multiple opportunities in which are available to everyone to help them to…

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  • Rehtse
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  • Northern Illinois University is a pretty good school with a lot of good opportunities. It's kind of surrounded by cornfields, but it's close enough to Chicago to get away from…

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Mission Statement

The vision of Northern Illinois University is to be the premier student-centered, research-focused public university in the Midwest, contributing to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of the people of the region, the state, the nation, and the world. With this vision, the mission of the University is to promote excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creativity and artistry, and outreach and service.

Northern Illinois University
  • Located in Dekalb, IL
  • Public
  • 16,609 students enrolled
  • 53% admitted
  • $9,465 annual cost to attend


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
  • 5
  • Beatriz from Chicago, IL
  • I am a current student here

    I love DeKalb. It is a very quiet school to be in and very diverse. The students are very friendly and it is very easy to make friends.

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  • 5
  • Whitney from South Lake Tahoe, CA
  • I am a current student here

    I love being here! Coming out to NIU from California, although homesickness has gotten the best of me sometimes, was the best decision I could have made. Being out on my own I have branched out making so many new friends and experiencing a completely different culture out in the midwest then typical California.

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  • 5
  • Katrina from Plainfield, IL
  • I am a current student here

    NIU really is a fun campus to be on. There are many friendly people and a lot to do. Along Lincoln, a main street next to campus, has many places to eat and hang out. On Sycamore there is an even wider variety of places to eat including Noodles, Steak and Shake, and the infamous Ollies among other places like the movies. Directly on campus we have the Husky Den where there is billiards, TVs, video games, and bowling! Not to mention all of the clubs you can participate in, the Fraternities, Sororities, we even have Humans Vs Zombies!

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