Undergraduate Admissions

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.

We don’t accept ACT or SAT scores when you apply. We'll look at your GPA for general admission. Read more about test-free admission requirements.

Have questions? We would be happy to help.

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You can ask Virtual Victor E. Huskie questions anytime. Look for the chat icon at the top right of our Admissions web pages.

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Feel free to contact us at admissions@niu.edu  or 815-753-0446.

Colleges of Distinction

Wondering what you can study as a Huskie?

We’re constantly expanding our academic catalog to offer you the latest options to craft an undergraduate degree that’s personalized to you and your goals.

You’ll find these new NIU certificates, minors and more all have the same thing in common — connecting you to other people and the world, but especially the passions most important to you.

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