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Northern Illinois Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Northern Illinois? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 8,610 out of 17,099 applicants or 50% were admitted making Northern Illinois a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores. Northern Illinois University typically accepts and attracts B average high school students. Only 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 9,311 7,728 17,099
Accepted 3,872 4,738 8,610
Acceptance Rate 42% 61% 50%
Enrolled 1,128 1,131 2,259
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 24% 26%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Northern Illinois University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Northern Illinois regularly accepts students with ACTs of 19 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 98 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northern Illinois University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 970 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 875. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1065 out of 1600. 2 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 970 1160
SAT Reading 480 580
SAT Math 490 570
ACT Composite 19 25
ACT English 19 25
ACT Math 18 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >63%
22 to 25 Avg + 50%-63%
19 to 22 Avg - 37%-50%
16 to 19 Reach 26%-37%
Less than 16 Low <26%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1160 and Above Good >63%
1065 to 1160 Avg + 50%-63%
970 to 1065 Avg - 37%-50%
875 to 970 Reach 26%-37%
Less than 875 Low <26%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need about average high school grades to get into Northern Illinois University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Northern Illinois University was 3.15 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Northern Illinois accepts 50% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 16% Good
3.50 to 3.75 12% Good
3.25 to 3.50 16% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 18% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 26% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 11% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 1% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

You have 70 days left until 2017 Fall term applications are due on Aug 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northern Illinois University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147703 IPEDS survey data for Northern Illinois University.



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