Northern Illinois University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,792
1.92% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$13,884
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
2.18%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
70.7%
25,961 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
15,649
76.1% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
53.1%
947 Graduates

About

Northern Illinois University is a higher education institution located in DeKalb County, IL. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at Northern Illinois University were General Business Administration & Management (199 degrees awarded), Management Science (73 degrees), and Other Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods (56 degrees).

In 2022, 4,352 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Northern Illinois University. 53.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,473 degrees), 3.2 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (772 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Northern Illinois University is $9,792, which is $−20,358 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Northern Illinois University is $9,792, which is $−20,358 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,884.

In 2022, 95% of undergraduate students attending Northern Illinois University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 49% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$9,792
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Northern Illinois University was $9,792. The cost of tuition at Northern Illinois University is $−20,358 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$13,884
2022 Value
4.67%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Northern Illinois University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,884. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Northern Illinois University grew by 4.67%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,000
Room and Board
$1,300
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Northern Illinois University was of $11,000 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.1% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

95%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
49%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

95% of undergraduate students at Northern Illinois University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 5.56% with respect to 2021, when 90% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.18%
2019 Default Rate
102
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Northern Illinois University was 2.18%, which represents 102 out of the 4673 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Northern Illinois University received 25,961 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 14.9% annual growth. Out of those 25,961 applicants, 18,348 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 70.7% acceptance rate.

There were 15,649 students enrolled at Northern Illinois University in 2022.

Northern Illinois University has an overall enrollment yield of 13.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

70.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
18,348
Accepted Out of 25,961

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Northern Illinois University was 70.7% (18,348 admissions from 25,961 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 70.4%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 14.9%, while admissions grew by 15.2%..

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Enrollment

Northern Illinois University had a total enrollment of 15,649 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Northern Illinois University is 11,908 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,741. This means that 76.1% of students enrolled at Northern Illinois University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Northern Illinois University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 46.5% White, 20.2% Hispanic or Latino, 17.3% Black or African American, 6.12% Asian, 2.81% Two or More Races, 0.217% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0639% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Northern Illinois University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (21.2%), followed by White Female (21.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (13.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (24.1%), followed by White Male (18.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.02%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

76.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Northern Illinois University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,649 students. The full-time enrollment at Northern Illinois University is 11,908 and the part-time enrollment is 3,741. This means that 76.1% of students enrolled at Northern Illinois University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

65%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Northern Illinois University was 65%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Northern Illinois University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    7,280 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    3,165 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    2,702 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Northern Illinois University is 46.5% White, 20.2% Hispanic or Latino, 17.3% Black or African American, 6.12% Asian, 2.81% Two or More Races, 0.217% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0639% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 94 students (0.601%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 284 more women than men received degrees from Northern Illinois University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Northern Illinois University is white (2,473 degrees awarded). There were 3.2 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (772 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at Northern Illinois University is General Business Administration & Management (199 degrees awarded), followed by Management Science (73 degrees) and Other Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods (56 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Northern Illinois University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (134 degrees awarded), Education (595 degrees), and Physical Sciences (87 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northern Illinois University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,638,641 people), Secondary school teachers (516,335 people), Education administrators (286,779 people), Postsecondary teachers (203,889 people), and Other managers (199,438 people).

The most specialized majors at Northern Illinois University in 2022 are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (134 degrees awarded), Education (595 degrees), Physical Sciences (87 degrees), History (53 degrees), and Human Sciences (91 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northern Illinois University are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Northern Illinois University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (134 degrees awarded), Education (595 degrees), Physical Sciences (87 degrees), History (53 degrees), and Human Sciences (91 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northern Illinois University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,917,632 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (427,787 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (249,765 people), Computer Systems Design (137,713 people), and Child day care services (122,470 people).

The most specialized majors at Northern Illinois University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (134 degrees awarded), Education (595 degrees), Physical Sciences (87 degrees), History (53 degrees), and Human Sciences (91 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Northern Illinois University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 193 degrees awarded
  2. 166 degrees awarded
  3. 153 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Northern Illinois University was General Psychology with 193 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,034
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,318
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 2,034 degrees were awarded to men at Northern Illinois University, which is 0.877 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,318).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 172 degrees were awarded to men at Northern Illinois University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.72 times more than the 100 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 169 degrees were awarded to men at Northern Illinois University in General Psychology, which is 3.25 times more than the 52 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

27%
100% Completion Time
48%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 27% of students graduating from Northern Illinois University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 48% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 50% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (73%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Northern Illinois University is Female and Asian (73% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,473 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    772 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    393 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Northern Illinois University is white (2,473 degrees awarded). There were 3.2 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (772 degrees).

0.643% of degree recipients (28 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,281 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,192 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    462 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Northern Illinois University is white female (1,281 degrees awarded). There were 1.07 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1192 degrees).

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Operations

Northern Illinois University has an endowment valued at nearly $93.9M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 92.6k (0.0986%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Northern Illinois University had a total salary expenditure of 562M. Northern Illinois University employs 237 Professors, 227 Associate professors and 178 Instructors. Most academics at Northern Illinois University are Male Professor (144), Male Associate professor (117), and Female Instructor (110).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northern Illinois University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 447 employees, Service, with 311 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 233 employees.

Endowment

$93.9M
2022 Endowment
9.34%
decline from 2021

Northern Illinois University has an endowment valued at about $93.9M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Northern Illinois University declined 9.34% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $279M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$197M
2022 Salaries
9.67%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Northern Illinois University paid a median of $197M in salaries, which represents 35.1% of their overall expenditure ($562M) and a 9.67% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$72.5M
Instructional Salaries
803
Number of Employees

In 2022, Northern Illinois University paid a total of $72.5M to 803 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
237 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
447 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Northern Illinois University were Professor with 237 employees, Associate professor with 227 employees, and Instructor with 178 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northern Illinois University were Office and Administrative Support with 447 employees, Service with 311 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 233 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Instructor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Northern Illinois University was Male Professor with 144 employees, Male Associate professor with 117 employees, and Female Instructor with 110 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Northern Illinois University.

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