Transfer Admissions

Transfer Admission Requirements

Transfer applicants must submit the following:

Admission to NIU as a transfer student is based on the cumulative grade point average (GPA) from all colleges/universities attended and on the amount of hours a student has completed at the time of application. 

Applicants who have:

Attempted up to and including 12 semester hours of credit will be evaluated as freshmen for admission purposes and must meet the current freshman admission requirements. The GPA earned for the attempted 12 hours or less will not affect the admission decision.


Attempted more than 12 semester hours but who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours of transferable credit at the time of application must:

  1. Meet current freshman admission requirements
  2. Be in good standing at the last college/university attended.
  3. Have a GPA of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale (C average) from all colleges/universities attended (as computed by NIU standards). 
  4. **See note about competitive GPA**

Earned 24 -59 semester hours -OR- Earned 60 or more semester hours of transferable credit at the time of application will be considered for admission if the student:

  1. Is in good standing at the last college/university attended.
  2. Has a GPA of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale (C average) from all colleges/universities attended (as computed by NIU standards). 
  3. **See note about competitive GPA** (Students who have 60+ transferable hours will not be held to the competitive GPA.)

Contact the Transfer Center with questions about transfer admission requirements!

**Competitive GPA**

All transfer applicants to Northern Illinois University who have attempted more than 12 semester hours, but completed fewer than 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) at the time of application will be held to the competitive transfer grade point average (GPA). Currently, the established competitive transfer GPA is 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale).  Students who meet the competitive GPA have a strong chance of being admitted to NIU.  Students who are above a 2.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) but do not meet the competitive GPA will typically be waitlisted and asked to write a personal statement.  

Illinois Public Community College Graduates

A graduate of an Illinois public community college who has not previously attended Northern and has completed a baccalaureate A.A., A.S., or approved A.A.T. degree will be admitted to NIU as long as there is space available.  The student will enter with junior standing and all NIU general education requirements will be considered complete if the student has met the following qualifications prior to enrolling at NIU: An A.A., an A.S. or an approved A.A.T. degree from an Illinois public community college; At least a C average (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) as calculated by the community college; At least 60 semester hours of credit; Good standing at the last college attended.