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IPEDS ID: 147703
OPE ID: 00173700
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Northern Illinois University
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., Dekalb, Illinois 60115-2828
General information:  (800) 892-3050
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  20,611 (15,435 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  15 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty906257
Research and public service304
Total graduate assistants-1,206
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,400$1,400$1,300$1,3000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,306$11,036$11,404$10,756-5.7%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,346$11,036$11,404$10,756-5.7%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$27,360$28,000$28,342$28,223-0.4%
Off Campus$26,400$28,000$28,342$28,223-0.4%
Off Campus with Family$17,054$16,964$16,938$17,4673.1%
On Campus$36,418$37,488$37,438$37,5020.2%
Off Campus$35,458$37,488$37,438$37,5020.2%
Off Campus with Family$26,112$26,452$26,034$26,7462.7%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$8,380
In-state fees$4,204
Out-of-state tuition$16,761
Out-of-state fees$4,204
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee planX
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid12,51896%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,35890%$23,108,166$9,800
Federal grants1,41954%$6,541,783$4,610
Pell grants1,41954%$6,331,183$4,462
Other federal grants54921%$210,600$384
State/local government grant or scholarships1,32050%$5,203,639$3,942
Institutional grants or scholarships2,08279%$11,362,744$5,458
Student loan aid2,00876%$15,194,203$7,567
Federal student loans1,99576%$13,042,772$6,538
Other student loans1787%$2,151,431$12,087
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid110,56467%$85,316,431$8,076
Pell grants7,01144%$29,470,912$4,204
Federal student loans10,57167%$80,627,830$7,627
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$18,552$19,168$18,533
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$15,775$17,122$15,851
$30,001 – $48,000$16,648$17,367$16,769
$48,001 – $75,000$19,605$20,332$19,514
$75,001 – $110,000$21,626$22,718$23,180
$110,001 and more$23,180$23,905$24,374
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment20,611
Undergraduate enrollment15,435
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,835
Graduate enrollment5,176
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 87%
Part-time: 13%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 51%
Female: 49%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 5%
Black or African American: 16%
Hispanic/Latino: 14%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 58%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 84%
25 and over: 16%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 95%
Out-of-state: 4%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 46%
Part-time: 54%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 5%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 93%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 5%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 89%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $40
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants19,8149,11910,695
Percent admitted51%52%50%
Percent admitted who enrolled25%28%23%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading450550
SAT Math480580
SAT Writing430550
ACT Composite1925
ACT English1925
ACT Math1825
ACT Writing68
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 71%
Part-time students: 43%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 57 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 50%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 28%
6-year: 54%
8-year: 56%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 25%
6-year: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 47%
Female: 52%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 67%
Asian: 57%
Black or African American: 28%
Hispanic/Latino: 44%
White: 59%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 41%
Non-resident alien: 56%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General100141-
Category total100141-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General97240--
Finance, General69---
Management Science59---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General118---
Operations Management and Supervision82---
Category total614379--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric25215--
Category total30315--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science6462--
Information Technology-36--
Category total6498--
Adult and Continuing Education Administration-3615-
Art Teacher Education133--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-365-
Curriculum and Instruction-1813-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching1617--
Education, General-1--
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other-23--
Educational Evaluation and Research-1--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-4497
Educational/Instructional Technology-348-
Elementary Education and Teaching950--
Health Teacher Education4---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching3429--
Reading Teacher Education-70--
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education-0--
Special Education and Teaching, General7337--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other-4--
Category total235353507
Electrical and Electronics Engineering6018--
Industrial Engineering2126--
Mechanical Engineering7919--
Category total16063--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering Technology, General65---
Engineering/Industrial Management-17--
Category total6517--
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General95278-
Category total95278-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textiles, General26---
Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences-0--
Human Development and Family Studies, General14915--
Category total17515--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature71--
German Language and Literature5---
Russian Language and Literature0---
Spanish Language and Literature325--
Category total446--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist37---
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General5431--
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling91---
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other158---
Nursing Science-62--
Physical Therapy/Therapist-049-
Public Health, General-9--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse227---
Category total62911758-
History, General56101-
Category total56101-
Legal Professions and Studies
Category total--97-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies112---
Category total112---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General55128-
Statistics, General-10--
Category total55228-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other4---
Category total4---
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies22---
Category total22---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General77---
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-27--
Category total7727--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total1619--
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General12---
Chemistry, General4875-
Geology/Earth Science, General2561-
Physics, General1035-
Category total951611-
Educational Psychology-32-
Psychology, General2232112-
Category total2232414-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General10---
Public Administration-34--
Category total1034--
Social Sciences
Economics, General5633-
Political Science and Government, General11487-
Category total3363510-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation4---
Art/Art Studies, General72--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General332--
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other--1-
Fine/Studio Arts, General1038--
Music Performance, General36--13
Music, General244--
Category total18556113
Grand total3,6751,34725920
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, 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
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 244
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 55
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 16
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 4
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $7,093
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $6,918
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,472
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $3,867
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined97
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1915 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics12/1/1961 -  Accredited
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship4/1/1989 -  Accredited
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels1/31/2003 - 4/15/2013No Longer Recognized
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1978 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist3/12/1982 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs4/1/1972 -  Accredited
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs4/11/1989 -  Accredited
School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs10/30/2009 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs10/22/1973 - 1/8/2003Resigned
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs10/22/1973 -  Accredited
Clinical doctoral program in Audiology1/8/2003 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/20/2002 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/20/2002 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health5/31/1997 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1969 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1980 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1981 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession204
Drug law violations452020
Liquor law violations252320
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession203
Drug law violations291210
Liquor law violations1597
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible51110
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault5128
Motor vehicle theft022
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible598
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault395
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate6.9%9.4%9.8%
Number in default402498480
Number in repayment5,7535,2694,894
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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