At NIU, we know you’re more than a one-time score on the ACT or SAT. The hard work you put in every day shows in your grades, and shows us you're ready to be a Huskie.
That’s why we’ll no longer consider standardized test scores for general admission or merit scholarships, starting with the fall 2021 freshman class. We’ll look at your high school GPA.
Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher? You're guaranteed general admission.
If your GPA is below 3.0, we'll get to know you through a holistic application review process – a flexible, personalized review of your application and circumstances. We know high school grades don't always tell the whole story.
Access to More Scholarships
The greatest reward for your strong academic record is a scholarship. If you're applying for admission to fall 2021, we'll automatically consider you for merit scholarships based on your high school GPA alone.
Within Your Reach
With no out-of-state tuition rates and increased scholarship funds, an NIU education is within your reach. Learn more about financial aid options. Our advisors are ready to guide you through the process.
Join University Honors
“Your new policy acknowledges that while excellence, talent, and ambition are evenly distributed, often opportunity is not.”
Marie Bigham, Founder and Leader, ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today