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Deadlines and Requirements



990 SAT*/19 ACT        


2.75* cumulative GPA or top 50% of class

- OR - 

1140 SAT*/ 23 ACT       


2.5* cumulative GPA or top 66% of class                                                                                   

 *On a 4.0 Scale

* If you took the SAT prior to March 2016 a 910 SAT is required with a 2.75 GPA. 1070 SAT is required with a 2.5 GPA. 

If you 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 2018 May 15, 2018
Fall 2018 August 1, 2018
Spring 2018 December 1, 2017

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 2018 May 1, 2018
Fall 2018 July 15, 2018
Spring 2018 November 15, 2017

(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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