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 no longer consider standardized test scores for general admission, merit scholarships or honors. 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. When you apply to NIU, 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