We believe it is important to provide students, prospective students, faculty, staff, families and members of the community with easy access to a broad range of information and policies. We have organized this information into categories with links to data, procedures, consumer information, general information about the institution and other required disclosures.
The information listed below is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act and the Student Right to Know Act. Not all university policies, forms or data is listed below. NIU catalogs, handbooks, other publications and websites provide additional information.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law that pertains to the release of and access to student educational records. The law protects the rights of students and ensures the privacy and accuracy of education records. Students have a right to review their education records, to request amendment of records, to control the disclosures of personally identifiable information and to file complaints with the Department of Education.
- Accreditation and Affiliations
- Academic programs - listings of each academic college, department and program offered at Northern Illinois University. Information regarding requirements, policies, course offerings, instructional, laboratory and other facilities specific to the program, faculty and instructional personnel will be located on individual program websites.
- Undergraduate programs
- Graduate programs
- Transfer of Credit Policy and Articulation Agreements
- Facilities and Services to Students with Disabilities
- Requirements and Procedures for Withdrawal – under Educational Cost see Refund Policy and Return to Title IV Aid
- Complaint Resolution
NIU is committed to providing an excellent educational experience to all students. If a student has a complaint about the university, we provide them with information about internal and external resources for complaint resolution.
Enrollment, Retention and Graduation Rates
|Fall 2018||Fall 2019||Fall 2020||Fall 2021|
|New Freshman (Full-time)||1,831||1,877||1,998||2147|
|New Freshman (Pell %)||53.0||50.7||53.7||55.4|
|New Freshman (No Pell %)||47.0||49.3||46.3||44.6|
|Male (Full-time %)||49.3||48.0||46.0||46.3|
|Male (Part-time %)||55.7||54.5||54.6||51.7|
|Male (Total %)||50.1||48.8||47.2||47.1|
|Female (Full-time %)||50.7||52.0||54.0||53.7|
|Female (Part-time %)||44.3||45.5||45.4||48.3|
|Female (Total %)||49.9||51.2||52.8||52.9|
|Pell (Full-time %)||52.4||50.2||51.1||51.9|
|Pell (Part-time %)||45.7||42.5||42.2||45.8|
|Pell (Total %)||51.6||49.2||49.8||50.9|
|No Pell (Full-time %)||47.6||49.8||48.9||48.1|
|No Pell (Part-time %)||54.3||57.5||57.8||54.2|
|No Pell (Total %)||48.4||50.8||50.2||49.1|
|Non-Resident Alien (Full-time %)||2.3||2.1||1.5||1.3|
|Non-Resident Alien (Part-time %)||1.6||0.9||0.9||0.9|
|Non-Resident Alien (Total %)||2.2||1.9||1.4||1.2|
|Black Non-Hispanic(Full-time %)||17.5||18.8||20.4||21.5|
|Black Non-Hispanic (Part-time %)||9.6||8.4||12.1||14.1|
|Black Non-Hispanic (Total %)||16.5||17.4||19.2||20.3|
|American Indian/Alask (Full-time %)||0.1||0.1||0.1||0.1|
|American Indian/Alask (Part-time %)||0.1||0.1||0.2||0.3|
|American Indian/Alask (Total %)||0.1||0.1||0.1||0.2|
|Asian Non-Hispanic (Full-time %)||5.5||5.7||5.7||6.0|
|Asian Non-Hispanic (Part-time %)||6.3||5.8||6.8||6.7|
|Asian Non-Hispanic (Total %)||5.6||5.7||5.9||6.1|
|Hispanic (Full-time %)||18.8||19.3||21.1||21.9|
|Hispanic (Part-time %)||20.0||18.9||21.2||22.7|
|Hispanic (Total %)||19.0||19.3||21.1||22.0|
|White Non-Hispanic (Full-time %)||51.6||49.9||47.0||44.7|
|White Non-Hispanic (Part-time %)||58.9||62.5||55.0||51.3|
|White Non-Hispanic (Part-time %)||52.5||51.5||48.2||45.8|
|Two or More Races (Full-time %)||3.8||3.8||3.9||4.1|
|Two or More Races (Part-time %)||3.3||3.1||3.5||3.7|
|Two or More Races (Total %)||3.7||3.7||3.9||4.0|
68 percent of full-time freshman that enrolled for the first time in fall 2019, returned in fall 2020.
|Fall 2017||Fall 2018||Fall 2019||Fall 2020|
|New Freshman (Full-time)||73%||72%||78%||68%|
51 percent of full-time freshmen who enrolled in fall 2015 completed their degree within six years.
|Freshman cohorts||Fall 2012||Fall 2013||Fall 2014||Fall 2015|
- Contact Information for Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Contact Information for Bursar and Student Accounts
- Tuition, Fees and Housing Cost Estimator
- Tuition and Fee Information
- Housing and Residential Services cost information
- Textbook Cost - look up textbook prices, compare prices from other vendors and get the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) by course section. Student registering for courses online through the student center are provided a link to the required textbook(s) with cost and ISBN. This can be reviewed prior to enrolling in course section.
- Helpful information about expected college costs
- Additional, or outside, costs for academic programs
Students in certain programs experience costs from entities that are not part of NIU. Examples include the fee paid for a criminal background check required for students seeking teacher certification, the fee charged for taking a state administered test or the fees for immunizations required for students in the nursing program. Many programs have no or minimal miscellaneous or outside costs. If a program has material outside costs, those costs are listed on the website for the program.
- Nursing (PDF)
- Outside fees related to testing for Educator Licensure
- Some colleges have been approved to charge additional "material fees." These fees are charged per course for special materials specific to the course. All associated costs are reflected on the student's financial account via MyNIU. For additional information on any material fee, please contact the department that is offering the course of study.
- Refund Policy – Under "General Information" also see "Withdrawal Policy"
- Return of Title IV Aid for students who withdraw from the university
- Federal, state, institutional and private financial aid programs including eligibility requirements, terms and conditions
- How to apply for financial aid
- Student’s Financial Aid Rights and Responsibilities
- Information regarding financial aid disbursement
- Student Loan Information
- Loan entrance counseling
- Loan exit counseling
- NIU is required to report all Title IV HEA student loans to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). This information will be accessible to guaranty agencies, lenders, other higher education institutions at which you apply for financial aid and other authorized users of the data system.
- Private loan information
- Financial aid for Study Abroad
- Criteria for continued eligibility for financial aid – Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Conviction for possession or sale of illegal drugs and federal financial aid eligibility
- Other important resources and information for grants, loans and the application process
- Copyright Policy and Standards of Conduct
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
- NIU annually distributes to each student and employee standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on the institution’s property or as part of any the institution’s activities, applicable legal sanctions, health risks, available counseling, treatment, rehabilitation programs and the institution’s sanctions for violation of the related standards of conduct.
Any coeducational institution of higher education that participates in a federal student aid program and has an intercollegiate athletics program is required to publish an annual Equity in Athletics Report. This report contains participation rates, financial support, academic success rate and other information on its men's and women's intercollegiate athletic programs. This report is available from the Equity in Athletics page on the Office of Postsecondary Education website. The graduation rate of NIU athletes can be found on the NCAA website.