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Transfer students must have a minimum of 24 transferable semester hours (36 quarter hours) of credit, be in good academic standing from the last college or university attended and satisfy Northern's competitive transfer GPA (currently a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale). An AA or AS degree is not required, but does provide important benefits to most transfer students (if from an Illinois public community college). See Transfer Criteria for more information. Visit our Transfer Center page for contact information for questions.
NIU will accept credit in transfer from any regionally accredited college or university if the courses to be transferred are part of a baccalaureate program. The Articulation Tables list course equivalencies from most Illinois public community colleges. See Transfer Center for contact information for specific questions.
Students may transfer up to 66 academic semester hours plus 4 semester hours of physical education activity courses. Credit hours in excess of 66 will be displayed on the student’s transcript.
In all cases, the student will be required to complete at least 54 semester hours from the following sources: NIU credit, credit from other 4-year schools, proficiency credit, and up to 8 semester hours of physical education activity credit of which up to 4 physical education activity credit hours may be earned at community colleges.
A minimum of 120 semester hours are required. However, some majors may require more than 120 semester hours. A minimum of 30 semester hours must be earned at NIU (residency requirement). See our Program Major Guides for more information on program-specific requirements.
Early application is encouraged, since you will be assigned orientation, academic advising and registration based on the date you are admitted. Depending on which semester you are applying for admission, there are different deadlines. The Online application is the preferred method to apply for admission.
Join any of our special events through the year including Open Houses, Transfers Get Information Fridays and Admitted Student Days.
Campus walking tours are Monday - Friday at 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM (excluding holidays, closure days and Open House dates).
Tours are available on Saturdays (September - May, excluding holidays and closure days) at 11:30 AM. However, Admissions is the only office that is open on Saturdays. For more information, directions, dates and times see our visit campus page.
Over 88% of undergraduates received financial aid of some sort in 2013. We suggest all students submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). NIU’s priority filing date is March 1 and our school code is 001737.
Information and applications for financial assistance are available from Student Financial Aid. That office also maintains information on Veteran's Assistance.
NIU offers hundreds of scholarships to eligible. Scholarship information is available on the Scholarship Search site.
NIU offers 55 academic majors, 73 minors, 89 emphases, and 8 pre-professional programs - more than 100 programs of study! See Undergraduate Majors, Minors and Certificates for more information.
A housing application will automatically be sent to students following notification of admission to NIU. NIU’s Off-Campus Housing Office provided listings of housing available in DeKalb (phone: 815/753-5105).
Students meeting the following criteria must live in university residence halls as long as space is available:
- Single students classified as freshmen (under 30 transferable semester hours of credit or 45 quarter hours)
- Not yet 21 years of age by September 1 for fall (February 1 for spring)
- Not residing with their parents or legal guardians
NIU’s graduated tuition plan reduces the cost per credit hour as you add classes, letting you take more classes for less money. Our “Truth-in-tuition” plan provides students with a fixed tuition rate for a time period of four continuous years beginning with your initial enrollment. Our tuition estimator will help you put together an estimated "typical annual budget."
NIU helps students secure internships and full-time employment by offering job and internship fairs, career counseling, resume and cover letter reviews and an online job search database. For more information, see our Careers & Employment page.
The Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs are available free online. Printed catalogs are provided to all undergraduate students at Orientation. Class schedules are searchable using the NIU Course Finder.
Yes. Health Services provides medical care to all registered students, full-time or part-time, who have paid on-campus tuition and fees. The university offers automatic enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan for students registered for nine or more on-campus hours and all international students. Students may use Health Services without being enrolled in the insurance plan.
Yes. See our Parking & Transportation page for more information.
Every new NIU undergraduate student must attend New Student Orientation where they will meet with an advisor and receive priority registration.
Please see our residency FAQs.
Yes. Once you confirm your intent to enroll with the Office of Admissions, a complete evaluation of all transfer coursework will be performed. To confirm your intention to enroll, you may send in the “Confirmation of Expected Attendance” card that accompanies the admission letter or notify the Office of Admissions by phone at (815)-753-0446, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Evaluations will be prioritized by the date confirmations are received (allow 4-6 weeks, processing times may vary).
NIU's graduation rates are similar to the average graduation rates of other NCAA 1-A institutions. For more information, see about NIU.