Deadlines and Requirements


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19 ACT/910 SAT (critical reading and mathematics)             


2.75* cumulative GPA or top 50% of class

- OR - 

23 ACT/1020 SAT (critical reading and mathematics)             


2.5* cumulative GPA or top 66% of class                                                                                   

 *On a 4.0 Scale

If you are homeschooled, hold a GED or do not meet the posted admissions requirements, please contact the Office of Admissions for additional opportunities for admissions review.

Required High School Curriculum

English  4 years
Mathematics 3 years (algebra, geometry, algebra II, trigonometry or higher)
Science 3 years (at least one year lab science)
Social Studies 3 years (at least one must be US History or US Government)
Foreign Language, Art, or Music 2 years

Up to one year of required coursework in Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Art or Music can be distributed in any of the five subject areas listed above.


Term Deadline
Summer 2016 May 15, 2016
Fall 2016 August 1, 2016
Spring 2017 December 1, 2016

Freshman students petitioning for review of an admission decision must have all supporting documents on file in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the following dates:

Term Deadline
Summer 2016 May 1, 2016
Fall 2016 July 15, 2016
Spring 2017 November 15, 2016

(source: Undergraduate Catalog)

Reinstatement Information

Former NIU students seeking Reenter or Reinstatement information, see Returning Students page.

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-753-0446
Toll-free: 800-892-3050


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