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Choose from more than 100 areas of study (majors, minors and certificates), from STEM fields to the visual and performing arts—with so much in between. Join us at NIU and earn a degree that can take you anywhere.

Choose what type of student you are to get the right application.

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NIU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation or any other protected category recognized by federal or state law.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Summer May 15
Fall August 1
Spring December 1

Please note that the actual size of the new class will be determined by the level of university resources available to maintain the quality of academic programs. The schedule on which applications will be reviewed provides for competitive admissions on a space-available basis. Thus, space limitations and/or budget constraints may necessitate earlier deadlines. Students whose high school GPA falls within the published guidelines for holistic review are asked to submit and complete their applications according to the Freshmen Petition Review deadlines.

Other Important Info

Campus Safety

NIU provides an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (PDF).

Additional file formats and information about the annual report are available on the NIU Clery website. To request a hard copy, please contact the director of Clery Compliance at or 815-753-1649.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
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