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Transfer Admissions

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Transfer students find a home at NIU, with over 50% of our students holding credits from other institutions. Whether you are seeking challenging academics, a vibrant campus life or opportunities to serve the community around you by expressing your unique talents and interests, you will find Northern Illinois University an engaging place to live and learn. An NIU education is nationally-recognized in quality, nationally-ranked in value and aimed at providing you with personal, career and life success.

We encourage you to explore our academic programs, experiential learning opportunities, student organizations and opportunities to capitalize on our partnerships to bring your learned theories into practice.

Compact Benefits for Illinois Public Community College Graduates

A graduate of an Illinois public community college who has not previously attended NIU will be admitted 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 Associate of Arts (A.A.), an Associate of Science (A.S.) or an approved Associate of Arts in Teaching (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
  • A status of good standing at the last college attended

Contact the Transfer Center with questions about transfer admission requirements!