Apply to NIU As a First-year Student
Start Your Application
There are two easy ways to apply to NIU for free. No test scores required.
Apply Using the NIU Application
Apply directly to NIU using our online application.
Apply Using the Common App
Add us to your list of schools while completing the Common App.
We are currently accepting applications for summer and fall 2023.
Requirements and Deadlines
See our first-year application requirements.
Learn how to submit supporting documents.
Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for complete information about admission criteria and application procedures.
Please note additional requirements for the following programs:
Undergraduate Application Deadlines
The completed application and all supporting documents must be on file in the Office of Admissions by the dates listed below. However, early application is strongly recommended. See deadline considerations.
At NIU, we won't consider your ACT or SAT score for general admissions.
We'll use a holistic review process to evaluate your application if you have a GPA lower than 3.0. Learn how to prepare.
After You Apply
Activate NIU Account ID and MyNIU Access
Once you submit your admission application and required documents to NIU, you will need to activate your new NIU Account ID.
It usually takes us about two weeks to make an admission decision. Be sure to check the status of your application in MyNIU to see if anything is missing. Submit any missing items as soon as possible.
Contact UsOffice of Admissions
DeKalb, IL 60115
Other Important Info
- First-year requirements
- Transfer requirements
- International student requirements
- Next steps for admitted students
- Financial aid and scholarships
- Come for a visit
NIU provides annual reports on campus security and fire safety.
- Read the Annual Safety and Security Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-1649 for a hard copy.
- Read the Fire Safety Report. Contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 815-753-0404 for a hard copy.