Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to process my application?
The admission process can take four to six weeks from time of receipt of all required documents during peak processing periods. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that a completed application and all official transcripts and supporting documents have been submitted to NIU Admissions. You can monitor your application status and review your application file information online using MyNIU.
Do I have to live in the residence halls?
The university residency requirement stipulates that all single students classified as freshmen (under 24 hours of NIU accepted college credit) who will have not reached their 21st birthday by September 1, and are not residing with their parents or legal guardians, must live in a Northern Illinois University residence hall for the full academic year (August–May).
How can I get to NIU from the airport?

Limo Services

Custom Limousine Service
Phone: 815-895-6500
Toll-free Number: 800-397-7921

DeKalb O’Hare Limousine Service
136 Terrace Drive DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-758-0631
Toll-free Number: 877-367-5525

Home James, Inc. Professional Limousine Service
9145 Rich Road DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-748-5466 or 815-758-1597
Toll-free Number: 877-740-4663

Cab Services

847-888-3990 or 630-529-3990

Fox Cab Dispatch
277 Ford St. Geneva, IL 60134

J&J Taxi
151 N 4th St. #7 DeKalb, IL 60115

Sycamore Transportation Services

Other Options 

The City of DeKalb operates public transit service, and one of the routes goes to and from the Metra train station in Elburn, the nearest station to Chicago. Get bus tickets to/from the Elburn station.

You may also use private arrangements between you and a friend.

Contact Us

All supporting documents necessary to process your application must be sent to:

International Admissions
Northern Illinois University
1425 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-8276

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