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Located in Dekalb, Illinois, Northern Illinois University is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of Dekalb makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

227 Undergraduate Degrees
401 Graduate Degrees
$22,828 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
59% Acceptance Rate

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Northern Illinois University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NIU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Value Instructional Media Design Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Student Counseling Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Educational Assessment Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Value Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Value Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Value Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards NIU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#7 Best Value Colleges for Instructional Media Design College Factual
#32 Best Value Colleges for Educational Administration College Factual
#47 Best Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools College Factual
#51 Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#62 Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#79 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual

Where Is Northern Illinois University?


Contact details for NIU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., Dekalb, IL 60115-2828
Phone: 800-892-3050

How Do I Get Into NIU?

You can apply to NIU online at:

Admission Requirements for NIU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into NIU?

59% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at NIU is 59%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 58%, and the acceptance rate for women is 60%.

Can I Afford Northern Illinois University?

$22,828 Net Price
69% Take Out Loans
5.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NIU is $22,828. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At NIU, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $6,741 a year. That adds up to $26,964 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NIU is 5.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Northern Illinois University Undergraduate Student Diversity

10,472 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 12,277 undergraduate students at NIU, with 10,472 being full-time and 1,805 being part-time.


There are also 4,492 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 10,472 full-time undergraduates at NIU, 46% are male and 54% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northern Illinois University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 596
Black or African American 2,139
Hispanic or Latino 2,206
White 4,927
International Students 156
Other Races/Ethnicities 448

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Northern Illinois University. At this time, 20 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 78 countries are represented at NIU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Northern Illinois University

1,499 Took All Classes Online
2,489 Took At Least One Class Online
84.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 2,489 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NIU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 11th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of NIU

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Northern Illinois University was $12,352 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how NIU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Other Educational Administration & Supervision #23 #10

Online Growth Rankings of NIU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northern Illinois University was 84.2%. This is the #319 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NIU regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NIU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NIU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Educational Administration & Supervision #2
Educational Administration #58

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Northern Illinois University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Special Education 54 0 60 0 114
Elementary Education 77 0 0 0 77
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 27 0 37 0 64
Adult & Continuing Education Administration 0 0 27 26 53
Reading Teacher Education 0 0 48 0 48
Early Childhood Education 38 0 9 0 47
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 19 17 7 43
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 0 29 10 39
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 32 6 38
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 18 7 25
Art Education 13 0 7 0 20
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 18 0 0 0 18
Other Educational Administration & Supervision 0 0 16 0 16
General Education 0 0 14 0 14
Educational Evaluation & Research 0 0 12 0 12
Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education 0 0 0 0 0
Health Education 0 0 0 0 0
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 227 19 326 56 628


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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