You play an important role in helping students find the right fit for continuing their education. Whether students are seeking challenging academics, a vibrant campus life or opportunities to serve the community around them by expressing their unique talents and interests, students find Northern Illinois University an engaging place to live and learn. With the resources of a large university and the personalized feel of a small college, NIU offers the best of both worlds.

A 3.0 GPA Means Automatic Admission to NIU

NIU is proud to be the first institution in Illinois to adopt entirely test-blind practices. Our bold step has been praised by faculty, staff, students and shared governance at NIU, as well as educational leaders throughout Illinois and beyond.

The college admissions community focused on equity known as ACCEPT—a group of more than 6,000 educational professionals working toward equity in college admissions—commended NIU as demonstrating leadership others in college admissions should emulate.

Starting with applications to the fall 2021 freshman class, NIU is eliminating the use of ACT and SAT scores for both general admission and merit scholarships.

Compelling studies on the national landscape and our own research data have shown a student’s performance in high school is the best indicator of their future success in college. Students who apply with at least a 3.0 GPA on their high school transcripts are guaranteed admission!

But we know grades aren’t the whole story. For those with a GPA below 3.0, NIU will utilize a holistic application review process looking at factors like academic preparation and performance, motivation, resilience and resourcefulness.

We deeply appreciate the kind of character it takes to work hard in high school. We also appreciate a trait we like to call “Huskie grit,” which doesn’t always show up on paper. That’s why we want to get to know our applicants on a personal level, and hear their whole story.



Have a question you can't answer or need help with a unique situation? Give us a call at 815-753-0446 or send us an email at We're here to help!

Transfer to NIU

  • Transfer Credits and Program Guides - help students make a seamless transition to NIU.
  • Guaranteed Admission Program - create a seamless transition for transfer students from your community college
  • IAI Courses - match Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies (PLUS) domains to fulfill general education requirements.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
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