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You will need the following information:

  • Personal Information (Social Security #, Date of Birth, Address, Citizenship Information, etc.)
  • High School Information (School Name, Dates of Attendance, etc.)
  • College/University Information (School Name, Dates of Attendance, etc.)
  • Payment Information (Credit Card or other acceptable payment method)

Please make sure you select the semester you wish to begin classes on your application.  We are unable to switch the semester for applications and/or decisions.  You will need to submit a new application if your enrollment semester changes.  (For example: To start in August, you would apply for Fall) 

Please Note:  If you have applied already and need to make any changes to that application (major change, address change, pay application fee, etc.) please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (815)-753-0446 or There is no need to submit another application for these situations.

Annual Security Report

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at or by contacting the University Police and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at or by contacting the Environmental Health & Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

Application Fee

A $40 non-refundable application fee payable will be required to process this application (Visa and MasterCard are accepted). 

All supporting documents necessary to process your application must be sent to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Northern Illinois University
1425 West Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115

Application Forms

Application Fee Waiver - Freshman Applicants

To be considered for an application fee waiver, you must be currently enrolled in high school and submit an NIU Application Fee Waiver Form (.pdf).  You may also have a letter from your high school counselor or social worker submitted which states that you meet the criteria listed on the NIU application fee waiver form.

Application Fee Waiver - Transfer Applicants

To qualify for a waiver of the undergraduate admission application fee, a transfer student must submit the NIU Application Fee Waiver Form (.pdf) and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 on his or her Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) report or be a part of a college access program (i.e. TRIO, Upward Bound, etc.) at his or her Illinois public community college.

Application Instructions for Undocumented Students

Northern Illinois University welcomes all students, regardless of citizenship or residency.  Illinois General Assembly Public Act 093-07 provides that undocumented students are classified as Illinois residents for tuition purposes if they meet specific conditions.  For application instructions and a list of conditions click here.