There are two easy ways to apply to NIU for free. No test scores required.
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Add us to your list of schools while completing the Common App.
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We are currently accepting applications for spring, summer and fall 2024.
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:
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.
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.
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