Northern Illinois University is strongly committed to artistry and scholarship in all areas of music. Admission to any undergraduate program in music is determined by specific criteria, which must be met by all applicants.
Admission is a two-part process. Prospective students must apply for admission to the university through the Office of Admissions and are subsequently admitted to an undergraduate program by the School of Music after performing an audition and meeting other entrance requirements. Undergraduates who are admitted to NIU cannot declare a major in music without School of Music approval.
Initial requests for information about undergraduate degrees in music and/or application materials may be made by contacting the School of Music Coordinator of Admissions. Further information about the baccalaureate experience and university undergraduate programs can be found in the School of Music Student Handbook and in the Undergraduate Catalog. Application forms, current costs, and other important information can be found on the web page of the Office of Admissions.
Advanced Placement (AP) credit for music courses taken in high school is not automatically accepted by the School of Music. In the area of music theory, students who have high AP scores may take the transfer student evaluation examination for possible advanced placement in core courses through proficiency credit.