Your place to be.
We value diversity at NIU. Our students' talents, cultures and perspectives enrich our academics and community. Come join us 65 miles west of Chicago. We have all the resources you'd expect from a nationally recognized public research university, and you'll feel at home in our close-knit, dynamic campus. We'll give you personalized guidance as you earn a degree that can take you anywhere.
We look at potential, not test scores.
Starting in fall 2021, you won't need to submit your ACT or SAT score when you apply. We'll look at your GPA for general admission. Read more about test-free admission requirements for fall 2021.
Have questions? We would be happy to help.
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Our team is online to answer questions live:
Staff chat: Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. CST
Student chat: Mon. - Thurs. 3 - 7 p.m. CST
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You can ask Virtual Victor questions anytime of day, whenever someone is not available to chat with you live.
Talk with a Counselor
Meet your admissions counselor and contact directly or schedule an appointment to chat.
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Temporary suspension of campus visits, tours and events
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NIU has suspended public on-campus events, including campus visits and tours, until further notice. In addition, the Admission Office in Williston Hall is closed to all visitors until further notice. We are excited to connect with you online. See our visit options for virtual information sessions, appointments and tours. We are also standing by, ready to assist via phone and email. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-753-0446.