Office of Admissions 

Admissions Counselors

NIU’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions in the Division of Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communication is seeking passionate, multi-talented, and qualified applicants for admissions counselor positions. The department is responsible for engaging and recruiting high school and community college students, in addition to providing information and resources to secondary schools, community colleges, and community-based organizations. Admission counselors will coordinate and execute a variety of prospective student recruitment and yield initiatives, which includes recruitment territory management, presentations, correspondence, and extensive travel.


From the Director

quinton-clay-portrait.jpgI am excited to invite candidates to apply for positions within the Northern Illinois University Office of Admissions. We are a progressive and vibrant unit which serves as the customer service point of contact for prospective students, families and schools. As the dedicated stewards of the undergraduate student recruitment and admissions process, we proudly serve as a resource to the NIU community and provide compelling and nuanced engagement with internal and external constituents.

The spirit of our work lies within our passion and responsibility to usher students and families through the college admissions process. We believe education is the primary tool for social mobility and means to holistic growth and development. We love talking about NIU’s dynamic academic and co-curricular experiences, and we take an entrepreneurial approach to connecting with schools, community-based organizations and communities.

Desirable candidates are those who are passionate about working in a student-centered, non-profit university environment. If you desire a mission-focused, fast-paced learning environment that requires a range of customer service and communications skills, join our team!

 Quinton Clay
Director of Admissions

About NIU

Northern Illinois University is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university, with expertise that benefits its region and spans the globe in a wide variety of fields, including the sciences, humanities, arts, business, engineering, education, health and law. Through its main campus in DeKalb, Illinois, and education centers for students and working professionals in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, NIU offers more than 100 courses of study while serving a diverse and international student body.

Vision, Mission and Core Values

Northern Illinois University's vision is to be an engine for innovation to advance social mobility; promote personal, professional and intellectual growth; and transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach.

The mission of Northern Illinois University is to empower students through educational excellence and experiential learning as we pursue knowledge, share our research and artistry, and engage communities for the benefit of the region, state, nation and world.

In pursuing our vision and fulfilling our mission, we value and practice:

  • Curiosity and creativity.
    • We provide our students active learning experiences.
    • We champion innovation.
    • We commit our resources to supporting students, faculty and staff in their research, artistry and professional development.
  • Equity and inclusion.
    • We seek and are strengthened by the diverse perspectives and experiences of our university community members.
    • We use an inclusive decision-making process.
    • We appreciate and respect every member of our community.
  • Ethics and integrity.
    • We prepare our students to become global leaders who work to build a better society.
    • We model ethical behavior in and out of the classroom.
    • We are transparent and accountable to our stakeholders.
  • Service and stewardship.
    • We serve society and confront local, national and global challenges through collaborations that improve our learning, teaching and research.
    • We make accessible the knowledge and resources we create.
    • We promote our students' success through advising and mentoring.

Student Profile

Total Student Enrollment

17,169 (Fall 2018)

  • Undergraduate: 12,788
  • Graduate: 4,121
  • College of Law: 260

Average Student Age

  • Undergraduate: 22
  • Graduate: 32

Male/Female Categories

  • Undergraduate: 50.8% male; 49.2% female
  • Graduate: 46.6% male; 53.4% female 

Ethnic/Racial Categories–Undergraduate (Fall 2017)

  • White: 55.0%
  • Black: 15.8%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 17.9%
  • Asian: 5.4%
  • 2 or more races: 3.7%
  • Non-res. Alien: 1.9%
  • Native American: 0.1%

International Students

1,211 international students from 77 different countries

Average High School Class Rank and ACT Score (Fall 2017)

  • High School Class Rank (percentile) for NIU freshmen: 63.3
  • ACT Score for NIU freshmen: 21.9
  • ACT Score for high school graduates (national average): 21
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