Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, IL

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 11,819
Graduate Enrollment: 4,400
Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Religious Affiliation: None

Campus Details

Suburb: Small (outside principal city, in urbanized area with population less than 100,000)
Four-year, large, primarily residential // full-time, selective, higher transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 70.45%

Male/Female: 47% / 53% (2017)

First generation college students: 38.3% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 3.7% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 0.5% (2017)

Test scores for admission: Neither required or recommended
2020 Median Admit SAT: 1,070


2020 Median Admit ACT: 22


Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 65.5% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 44.6% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 32.5% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 23.7% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 45.8%
Black: 20.3%
Hispanic: 22.0%
Asian: 6.1%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.2%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
2+ races: 4.1%
Non-resident alien: 1.2%
Unknown race: 0.3%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $26,275
In-State tuition: $12,478
Out-of-State tuition: $12,478

Estimated books and supplies: $1,300 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $11,000 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $2,440 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $11,000 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $2,440 (2022)

Average Family Income: $65,391 (2017)
Median Family Income: $39,109 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 42.8%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 50.3%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $22,162 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $235 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $11,594
$30k-48k $12,005
$48k-75k $14,221
$75k-110k $17,912
$110k+ $21,046

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 31%
6-year graduation rate: 51%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 96.5% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $22,162 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $9,500 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $16,750 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $18,567 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 71.1% (2015)
@3 year 74.2% (2017)
@5 year 82.4% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 46.1% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 52.4% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $43,293 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $54,063 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Bachelor's Degree Special Education and Teaching. 46 $21,452 $223 $43,374 ($3,615) $49,485 ($4,124)
Doctoral Degree Geography and Cartography. 4
Doctoral Degree Curriculum and Instruction. 9 $103,995 ($8,666)
Bachelor's Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 30 $26,625 $236 $29,936 ($2,495) $42,069 ($3,506)
Bachelor's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 192 $27,000 $252 $36,468 ($3,039) $50,527 ($4,211)
Master's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 9 $42,619 ($3,552)
Bachelor's Degree Journalism. 26 $25,750 $240 $31,970 ($2,664) $38,341 ($3,195)
Master's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 91 $276
Bachelor's Degree Computer Science. 150 $22,966 $223 $63,983 ($5,332) $79,236 ($6,603)
Master's Degree Computer Science. 72 $85,110 ($7,093)
Master's Degree Education, General. 12 $342 $49,933 ($4,161)
Master's Degree Curriculum and Instruction. 8
Master's Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 73 $320 $59,105 ($4,925) $53,754 ($4,480)
Doctoral Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 16 $143,908 ($11,992)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Educational Administration and Supervision. 19
Master's Degree Educational/Instructional Media Design. 32 $262 $69,898 ($5,825) $62,919 ($5,243)
Doctoral Degree Educational/Instructional Media Design. 12
Master's Degree Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research. 4
Bachelor's Degree Economics. 36 $25,879 $265 $42,038 ($3,503) $63,359 ($5,280)
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 60 $25,044 $245 $45,900 ($3,825) $59,728 ($4,977)
Master's Degree Mathematics. 9
Doctoral Degree Mathematics. 3
Master's Degree Applied Mathematics. 6
Master's Degree Statistics. 9
Bachelor's Degree Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. 1
Bachelor's Degree Health and Physical Education/Fitness. 74 $27,418 $268 $32,498 ($2,708) $43,029 ($3,586)
Master's Degree Health and Physical Education/Fitness. 26 $41,046 ($3,421) $58,643 ($4,887)
Bachelor's Degree Philosophy. 13
Master's Degree Philosophy. 8
Bachelor's Degree Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. 15 $26,500 $60,731 ($5,061)
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 44 $23,023 $241 $40,552 ($3,379) $56,116 ($4,676)
Master's Degree Chemistry. 3
Doctoral Degree Chemistry. 10
Bachelor's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 13 $54,646 ($4,554)
Master's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 7
Doctoral Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 1
Bachelor's Degree Physics. 9
Master's Degree Physics. 4
Doctoral Degree Physics. 7
Bachelor's Degree Psychology, General. 187 $24,194 $227 $28,527 ($2,377) $41,119 ($3,427)
Master's Degree Psychology, General. 17
Doctoral Degree Psychology, General. 18 $64,533 ($5,378) $76,857 ($6,405)
Master's Degree Public Administration. 45 $347 $63,472 ($5,289) $67,394 ($5,616)
Bachelor's Degree Anthropology. 14 $36,731 ($3,061) $28,981 ($2,415)
Master's Degree Anthropology. 12
Master's Degree Geography and Cartography. 3
Bachelor's Degree Health/Medical Preparatory Programs. 172 $27,000 $239 $29,453 ($2,454) $47,850 ($3,988)
Bachelor's Degree Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions. 55 $29,804 $295 $36,894 ($3,075) $48,777 ($4,065)
Bachelor's Degree Public Health. 34
Master's Degree Public Health. 22 $55,438 ($4,620)
Master's Degree Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. 11
First Professional Degree Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. 30
Bachelor's Degree Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services. 58 $27,000 $239 $26,616 ($2,218) $48,703 ($4,059)
Master's Degree Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services. 12 $53,884 ($4,490) $64,125 ($5,344)
Bachelor's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 136 $31,000 $265 $63,389 ($5,282) $71,507 ($5,959)
Master's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 22 $501 $102,285 ($8,524) $104,614 ($8,718)
Doctoral Degree Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other. 4
Bachelor's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 178 $22,500 $223 $48,895 ($4,075) $63,809 ($5,317)
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 206 $375 $87,169 ($7,264) $111,286 ($9,274)
Bachelor's Degree Engineering Technology, General. 98 $27,274 $289 $61,365 ($5,114) $74,294 ($6,191)
Master's Degree Engineering-Related Fields. 12
Bachelor's Degree Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 2
Bachelor's Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 35 $21,250 $222 $36,244 ($3,020) $49,420 ($4,118)
Master's Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 1
Bachelor's Degree Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 124 $31,000 $318 $31,328 ($2,611) $38,803 ($3,234)
Master's Degree Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 15 $370 $43,642 ($3,637) $55,371 ($4,614)
Bachelor's Degree Apparel and Textiles. 10 $34,722 ($2,894) $50,572 ($4,214)
First Professional Degree Law. 85 $861 $54,663 ($4,555) $65,443 ($5,454)
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 63 $25,375 $239 $31,662 ($2,639) $42,120 ($3,510)
Master's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 14 $31,831 ($2,653) $57,680 ($4,807)
Doctoral Degree English Language and Literature, General. 3
Bachelor's Degree Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 75 $30,839 $265 $29,671 ($2,473) $48,131 ($4,011)
Bachelor's Degree Human Services, General. 27 $27,000 $286 $31,908 ($2,659) $39,783 ($3,315)
Bachelor's Degree Biology, General. 118 $23,630 $239 $35,452 ($2,954) $48,556 ($4,046)
Master's Degree Biology, General. 15
Doctoral Degree Biology, General. 6
Doctoral Degree Economics. 5
Bachelor's Degree Geography and Cartography. 15 $36,233 ($3,019) $56,375 ($4,698)
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 73 $27,000 $270 $28,394 ($2,366) $53,370 ($4,448)
Master's Degree Political Science and Government. 6
Doctoral Degree Political Science and Government. 5
Bachelor's Degree Sociology. 75 $27,000 $286 $34,563 ($2,880) $43,474 ($3,623)
Master's Degree Sociology. 7
Bachelor's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 27 $27,000 $286 $22,771 ($1,898) $33,587 ($2,799)
Master's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 17 $16,443 ($1,370) $33,907 ($2,826)
Bachelor's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 77 $25,781 $239 $26,081 ($2,173) $37,003 ($3,084)
Master's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 11 $35,007 ($2,917) $39,327 ($3,277)
Doctoral Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 1
Bachelor's Degree Music. 31 $29,000 $289 $39,471 ($3,289) $25,600 ($2,133)
Master's Degree Music. 28 $25,968 ($2,164)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Music. 8
Bachelor's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 41 $22,500 $175 $33,642 ($2,804) $47,528 ($3,961)
Master's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 24 $507 $56,505 ($4,709) $61,647 ($5,137)
First Professional Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 8
Bachelor's Degree Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions. 16
Bachelor's Degree Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions. 29 $23,750 $191 $57,443 ($4,787) $63,491 ($5,291)
Bachelor's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 167 $18,500 $163 $57,126 ($4,761) $73,170 ($6,098)
Master's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 110 $233 $65,568 ($5,464) $81,321 ($6,777)
Bachelor's Degree Finance and Financial Management Services. 78 $19,500 $162 $55,549 ($4,629) $66,930 ($5,578)
Bachelor's Degree Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods. 82 $21,600 $212 $49,121 ($4,093) $60,593 ($5,049)
Bachelor's Degree Marketing. 163 $23,875 $228 $47,968 ($3,997) $59,336 ($4,945)
Master's Degree Taxation. 17
Bachelor's Degree History. 58 $22,500 $237 $29,854 ($2,488) $47,669 ($3,972)
Master's Degree History. 5
Doctoral Degree History. 2
Master's Degree Special Education and Teaching. 46 $302 $54,001 ($4,500) $57,447 ($4,787)
Master's Degree Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 40 $570 $46,104 ($3,842) $60,873 ($5,073)
Doctoral Degree Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 4
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 112 $25,250 $260 $40,289 ($3,357) $43,091 ($3,591)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 7
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 23 $26,746 $239 $42,833 ($3,569) $46,351 ($3,863)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 118 $283 $54,170 ($4,514) $59,876 ($4,990)
Bachelor's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 81 $25,000 $239 $69,686 ($5,807) $79,921 ($6,660)
Master's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 18
Master's Degree Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology. 3
Doctoral Degree Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology. 4
Bachelor's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 170 $25,000 $245 $65,271 ($5,439) $78,194 ($6,516)
Master's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 43 $85,581 ($7,132) $87,635 ($7,303)
Bachelor's Degree Industrial Engineering. 28 $23,750 $252 $57,263 ($4,772) $76,872 ($6,406)
Master's Degree Industrial Engineering. 55
Master's Degree Economics. 8


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $85,995
Full time faculty: 73%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 15.0

School's endowment start of year: $75,990,238 (2022)
School's endowment end of year: $103,524,309 (2022)