First-year Application Requirements

Required High School Curriculum

Subject Requirement
English four years
Mathematics three years (algebra, geometry, algebra II, trigonometry or higher)
Science three years (at least one year lab science)
Social studies three years (at least one must be US history or US government)
Foreign language, art, or music two years

Up to one year of required coursework in science, social studies, foreign language, art or music can be distributed in any of the five subject areas listed above.

We are now able to accept your official transcripts as a PDF via email directly from your counselor's email address. Your counselor should send transcripts to admissions@niu.edu.

Test Scores and GPA for Fall 2020 Applicants

ACT Requirements

19 ACT and at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA (out of 4.0) or top 50 percent of class

or

23 ACT and at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (out of 4.0) or top 66 percent of class

SAT Requirements

If you took the SAT on or after March 2016

990 SAT and at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA (out of 4.0) or top 50 percent of class

or

1140 SAT and at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (out of 4.0) or top 66 percent of class

If you took the SAT before March 2016

910 SAT and at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA (out of 4.0)

or

1070 SAT and at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (out of 4.0)

If you hold a GED or do not meet the posted admissions requirements, please contact the Office of Admissions for additional opportunities for admissions review.

Test Scores and GPA for Fall 2021 Applicants

If you're applying for admission in fall 2021 or after, you won't need to submit an ACT or SAT score. Read more about test-blind admission requirements for fall 2021.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Summer May 15
Fall August 15
Spring December 1

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Contact Us

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-0446
800-892-3050
admissions@niu.edu
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