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Northeastern Illinois University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vaishnavi Agrawal Vaishnavi Agrawal
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With an acceptance rate of 69%, Northeastern Illinois University offers over 70 undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of Business, Management, Marketing, Communication, Journalism, Education, Applied Sciences, Linguistics, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Physical Sciences and Leisure studies, and Philosophy and religious studies.

The university gets around 2% of international students from over 80 countries and has one main and three city campuses.

  • Northeastern University has an acceptance rate of 69% which means it is only slightly competitive to get enrollment in the university and has a 49% retention rate. The graduate percentage is approximately 24% and 89% of the graduating students are able to get jobs within 2 years of their passing out.
  • The institution enrolls around 8,000 students with a majority in undergraduate courses. Only 2% of the total number of students constitutes the international students' present at the University.
  • The University has Fall, Summer and Spring intakes and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. The University also offers online programs.
  • The University accepts admission applications for half-semester options also and charges USD 30 non-refundable application fees. USD 40,388 is the approximate annual fee for attending the college for a year and it offers housing on campus.
  • The present admission deadline for the Fall semester is July 15, 2020.


Admission requirements for international studentsNortheastern Illinois University’s online application portal 
Application Fee (Non-refundable)USD 30
Acceptance rate56%
Mode of PaymentCredit/Debit card or Check
Student-Faculty Ratio16:1
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake SessionsFall/Spring/Summer
Financial AidVarious loans, Grants, and Scholarships available

Admission Deadlines

Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago accepts applications for Fall, Summer, and Spring semesters and also gives an option for including a half-semester in the studies for the summer semester. The general admission deadline for the Fall semester is July 15, 2020

The international student's admission application deadlines are the same for both undergraduate and graduate students.

FallJuly 15
SpringOct 01
Full and first half SummerMarch 01
Second half summerApril 01

Northeastern Illinois University International Student Admissions

The international students willing to study in the US must fulfill additional admission requirements based on which the decision regarding their admission will be made. The international students must go through the below-mentioned information that will help them in applying at the university with ease.

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • Completed online application on the university's website.
  • A non-refundable USD 30 application fee.
  • Submit official (translated) copies of all Academic records starting from High school and above through the institution. These copies must be evaluated by the credential evaluation approved organizations like ECE or WES.
  • English language proficiency test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or other accepted tests).
  • SAT/ACT scores for undergraduates and GMAT/GRE scores for graduates according to the programs.
  • Submit a financial statement with original supporting documents from a reputed financial institution confirming that the applicant has sufficient funds to cover tuition, boarding, lodging, transportation, books and supplies, and other miscellaneous expenses to cover the period of study at the university. The financial statement must be notarized and needs to be accompanied by the bank statement or the letter from the Employer or the sponsor.
  • Passport ID pages Copy
  • The graduate applications also require to submit an essay/statement of their objective and goals. And two letters of recommendation in the prescribed format through supplemental forms of the application.
  • Any other program related documentation specified by the university.
  • The college also accepts international transfer students.

Issuance of I-20 or IAP 66 may take 6 to 8 week’s time. Applicants need to keep this in time and must start the application process keeping in mind the start date of the session they are applying for.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

International applicants have to demonstrate English proficiency through one of the internationally recognized standardized examinations in English. Applicants are also requested to check the course-wise specific requirements of different departments before seeking admission.

Name of the testMinimum Required Scores (UG)Minimum Required Scores (PG)

Visa Process for International Students

The International students planning to study at the university must apply for a student visa to study in the USA once the application letter has been issued to them. Applicants must submit a complete application with all the documents after which they will receive Form I-20 or IAP66 from the Institute. The documents needed to receive I-20/IAP 66 are :

  • Application form, Resume, Essay, and recommendation letters.
  • Copies ID pages of the passport
  • Official copy of the academic Transcripts of all qualifications achieved prior to seeking admission
  • Proof of financial support (Bank statement/ Sponsor letter)
  • Passport pages showing identification, date of birth and residential address information
  • After receiving I-20, the applicant should apply for a student visa (F-1 visa) at the US Embassy by fulfilling the Embassy requirements of filing a completed application form and depositing the fee.
  • For obtaining a US visa, In-person interviews and Biometrics are compulsory, which should be scheduled and attended by the applicant at the nearest Embassy office.
  • Maintaining the timeline is extremely important and always factor in a week extra to avoid last minutes contingencies.

Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago Graduate Admissions

The University offers graduate programs in the areas of Business, Management, Marketing, Communication, Journalism, Education, Applied Sciences, Linguistics, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Physical Sciences and Leisure studies, and Philosophy and religious studies. There is an option of online study in various programs.

RequirementsMaster of Business AdministrationMaster in Science (Computer Science)Master of Science Arts in BiologyMasters in Arts in Teaching
ApplicationUniversity’s online applicationUniversity’s online applicationUniversity’s online applicationUniversity’s online application
Admission deadlineFall/Spring/SummerFall/Spring/SummerFall/Spring/SummerFall/Spring/Summer
Credential EvaluationRequired by ECE, WES etc.Required by ECE, WES, etc.Required by ECE, WES, etc.Required by ECE, WES, etc.
Minimum GPA score2.75 or higher2.75 or higher2.75 or higher3.0 or higher
TOEFLPBT 550 iBT 79PBT 550 iBT 79PBT 550 iBT 79PBT 550 iBT 79
GMAT/GRERequired, minimum score of 450Required, minimum score of 450Not RequiredNot Required
RecommendationsTwo academic/ professional references requiredTwo academic/ professional references requiredTwo academic/ professional references requiredTwo academic/ professional references required
Personal EssayRequired (250-500 words)Required (250-500 words)Required (250-500 words)Required (250-500 words)
Financial FormRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Decision time3-4 weeks3-4 weeks3-4 weeks3-4 weeks

Some specific programs do not offer intake in all the semesters. The international applicants have to complete additional documentation and formalities as compared to the domestic students and need to follow the given timelines at all times.

The queries for undergraduate admissions can be addressed at the email address of and the graduate admissions at The international students after receiving their admission packet can check at for the I-20 or visa document.

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