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How to Apply

We’re glad you’re interested in attending NIU! With a little preparation, it’s easy to apply.

1. Know when to apply.

The application deadline for fall 2019 is August 1, 2019.

You need to apply earlier if you want to be considered for a merit scholarship. Learn about deadlines for NIU merit scholarships.

2. Review admission requirements.

In general, you need to take certain classes in high school and achieve a minimum ACT/SAT score and GPA in order to be considered for admission. See our admission requirements.

3. Explore our majors.

You don’t need to know your major when you apply, but it’s a great time to see what NIU has to offer. With our wide range of undergraduate degree programs, you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit for you.

4. Gather your materials.

You’ll submit your high school transcript and ACT or SAT score as part of your application. Learn more about supporting documents.

You may need to provide additional materials if you are:

5. Complete your application.

You’ll begin your application by creating an account in our system. You will then:

  • Provide information (Social Security number, name of your high school, etc.).
  • Submit supporting documents.
  • Pay a nonrefundable $40 application fee.

Please note: To be considered for an application fee waiver, you must be currently enrolled in high school. Submit an NIU application fee waiver form (PDF), or ask your high school counselor or social worker to send a letter stating you meet the criteria on the form.

6. Check your status.

Once we’ve received your application and supporting documents, it usually takes us about two weeks to make an admission decision. You can check the status of your application at any time in MyNIU.

In the meantime, read about your next steps.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Summer 2019 May 15, 2019
Fall 2019 August 1, 2019
Spring 2019 December 1, 2018

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