The Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a public university, located in DeKalb, Illinois. The University was founded in 1895 which was once a teacher’s school and later got converted into a University. The institute is renowned for empowering students with personal and professional skills to help them grow into individuals that can contribute towards the greater good of the community, making it a coveted nem in the US Education System.
It consists of 7 colleges that offer nearly 3,440 bachelor degrees and 1,371 master degrees. Apart from these the university also provides Juris Doctor degrees, certificate courses, accelerated courses,among others, to applicants coming form over 103 countries across the globe with an aspiration of studying in the USA.
Northern Illinois University provides admissions mostly in the 2 intakes of Spring and Winter. The institute is a moderately selective institute which gets reflected in its acceptance rate of around 54% and guaranteed entry to any student with a decent overall profile and a striking GPA.
|Type of University||Public, Co-ed|
|Total Undergraduate enrollment||12,131|
|Total Graduate enrollment||4,204|
|Degree seeking student male/female distribution in percent||48.8% degree seeking men|
51.2% degree seeking women
|Annual Acceptance rate||54%|
|Test Scores Accepted||SAT or ACT|
|English proficiency language scores||IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent|
|Financial Aid||Available as Awards and Scholarships|
Northern Illinois University offers various programmes to its international aspirants which includes bachelors, graduate, and online degrees. They also offer integrated certificates and minor courses.The available courses are offered across its 7 colleges.
The courses that are available on campus are accessible to learn online as well. Online courses include bachelors and graduate degrees. There are certificate programmes also available on campus.
Several study abroad programmes are also offered to students who would love to experience studying in a foreign country. Programmes in more than 80 different countries are offered on campus. Students can choose a programme that would suit best for their major or minor programme and can also receive scholarships and aid for these programmes.
Some of the popular courses offered by the institute are:
The University campus located in DeKalb, Illinois consists of a lush land of 800 acres. Within this space students are provided all the facilities required for a quality education. The nearest big city close to the University is Chicago, which is approximately 65 miles away from the institute.
There are more than 300 student organizations on campus. Students can be a part of these throughout their college life and provide good to the community. Students have the option of either joining an already existing organization or they can make one on their own.
The institute offers the best support to students academically, but it also aims to encourage individuals to provide good to the community. For this the University has set up community service programmes, fitness and wellness classes, sports, and various Cultural Resource centres.
There are various sports clubs and teams that students can be a part of. There are over 500 students who partake in Sports. There are health and wellness centres, counselling centres and a police department situated within campus. Students can easily get access to these facilities as and when required
Every year more than 3,500 students live in the on-campus residence halls. The campus consists of 5 residential halls and 5 on-campus apartment buildings. The 5 residential halls are as follows:
All these residence halls consist of air conditioning, laundry rooms, computer labs with printers, common rooms, fitness rooms, bus lines, wireless connection, study lounges, vending machines, dining halls, and microfridges (refrigerator, freezer, and microwave) in every room. Students who live in residence halls receive meal plans from the dining hall.
The 5 apartment buildings, together they are called the Northern View Community. In these buildings only upper-class men students, students will dependents or families, or students who are above 20 years old can stay. The rest of the students are not allowed to stay in these buildings. Students who stay in these buildings don’t receive meal plans.
Application fee: Undergraduate application - 40 USD and Graduate application - 60 USD.
The following materials are required for undergraduate admission:
For proving the applicant’s English ability, he/she can produce to the University any one of the following materials:
The following materials are required for graduate admission:
For graduate application the deadlines vary from course to course.
An estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US is as mentioned below.
The fee for both undergraduate and graduate degrees vary from one course to another. An average is compiled as follows:
|Type of Program||Fee (In USD, Spring 2020)|
Graduate Courses fee is charged on per credit hour basis (usually 1 to 12 hours) with an average cost of 850 USD per credit hour.
Other expenses to be considered before applying to the institute are as follows:
|Type of Expenditure||Cost (in USD, per year)|
|Accommodation||3,952 to 6,969 per sem|
|Meals||100 per week|
|Personal||1,500 to 2,500|
The university provides awards and scholarships for international students to study in the USA which is usually less than the average tuition fee.
There are MyScholarships given to students. General application must be filled out for this purpose. Admitted students can apply for this scholarship. The General Application consists of the following components:
|Personal statement||Short statement about financial need|
|Two yes/no questions||List of activities/service/any employment|
|List of any honors/awards||-|
Depending on the chosen major, some schools will require the students to fill out a conditional application. Otherwise students will be offered other various opportunities for scholarships
Merit scholarships are received by students who showcase excellence in academics. These scholarships are given out to students every year. After receiving this scholarship students must obtain a certain CGPA throughout the course to continue this scholarship. For this scholarship students must submit the application and other requirements on the following dates:
|Spring semester||October 1st|
|Summer or fall semester||December 1st|
There are athletic scholarships offered as well. Students who are outstanding achievers in their respective sports can apply for this scholarship.
|Average Cost of Attendance||$28,395 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||2 : 1|
|Northern Illinois University Enrollment||21615|
|Average Graduation Rate||46.2%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$28,395 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$14,265 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,400 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$10,880 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$2,218 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$10,880 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$2,218 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$3,592 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$2,218 / Year|
|North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Arts Programs||National Association of Schools of Art and Design|
|Law Programs||American Bar Association|
|Music Programs||National Association of Schools of Music|
|Nursing Programs||Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education|
|Physiotherapy Programs||American Physical Therapy Association|
|Psychology Programs||American Psychological Association|
|Clinical Science Programs||American Speech-Language-Hearing Association|
|Programs||Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics|
|Programs||Council on Education for Public Health|
|Programs||National Association of Schools of Theatre|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
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