Test-free Admissions, Scholarships and Honors
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, merit scholarships or honors, starting for fall 2021 applicants. We’ll look at your cumulative high school or transfer GPA.
Have a cumulative high school or transfer 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 your 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 cumulative high school or transfer GPA alone.
Within Your Reach
With no out-of-state tuition rates and new scholarships, an NIU education is within your reach. You may even be eligible for assistance covering all of our tuition and fees, or a significant portion. Learn more about financial aid options. Our team is ready to discuss your unique needs one-on-one.
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