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Northern Illinois University - ACT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data

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Northern Illinois University Description:

Located 65 miles from the heart of Chicago, Northern Illinois University (NIU) is the second largest university in Illinois. NIU has a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and high-achieving students should check out the university's Honors Program with its small classes and opportunities for independent research. The College of Business does well in national rankings and is extremely popular among undergraduates. Chemistry is also strong. In athletics, the Northern Illinois University Huskies compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 21,869 (16,552 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50% Male / 50% Female
  • 88% Full-time

Scholarships for Northern Illinois (powered by Cappex.com)

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,066 (in-state); $22,554 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,400 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,036
  • Other Expenses: $2,498
  • Total Cost: $28,000 (in-state); $37,488 (out-of-state)

Northern Illinois University Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 91%
    • Loans: 75%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,040
    • Loans: $7,287

Most Popular Majors:

Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Community Health, Elementary Education, English, Finance, History, Human Development, Management Science, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 70%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 28%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 54%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Northern Illinois University Mission Statement:

complete mission statement available at http://www.niu.edu/provost/about/mission.shtml

"Founded in 1885 as Northern Illinois State Normal School, Northern Illinois University is a multipurpose educational institution, mature in its aims and ideals and confident of its capacity to respond to the demands of the future. The university's growth and development since its creation attest to its ability to respond to changing circumstances, to support new initiatives, and to preserve the enduring values that sustain its fundamental purposes.

The central mission of the university is the transmission, expansion, and application of knowledge through teaching, research and artistry, and public service. In fulfilling that mission, Northern Illinois University meets the needs of students for liberal, professional, technical, and lifelong education. Mindful of the changing needs of the society it serves, the university reviews its programs at regular intervals, assesses their quality and their capacity to fulfill their objectives, and expressly commits itself to their continuing development or redirection when appropriate.

The university recognizes that it has a basic obligation to contribute to the betterment of the society of which it is a part. It believes that a democratic society requires an articulate citizenry, aware of the diverse multicultural nature of its national heritage, willing and able to participate in its governance, and capable of evaluating its goods and services. It believes that an ethical society requires of its members an informed sense of personal and collective values. It believes that a progressive society must keep pace with the need for new knowledge, including technological advances, and that its members must be able to continue to learn and be capable of self-renewal. It believes that a productive society requires a current and continually replenished workforce. The university believes that the quality of individual and social life depends on the quality of mind; and it commits itself to preparing students for effective, responsible, and articulate membership in the complex society in which they live as well as in their chosen professions or occupations..."

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