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Northeastern Illinois University

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With four campuses spread throughout Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University is a distinctly urban institution. NEIU received its status as a state-supported college in 1965, although its creation dates back to 1867 and the Cook County Normal School. Originally founded as a training school for teachers, NEIU still places a high premium on the field of education. US News and World Report has ranked the university highly both in terms of ethnic diversity and affordability.

For undergraduates, Northeastern Illinois University offers academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Management, and the College of Education. The graduate programs mirror the undergraduate programs, while offering late afternoon and evening classes to accommodate working adults who desire part-time enrollment. The most popular undergraduate majors are in the fields of business, marketing and education. In total, students at NEIU can select from 37 undergraduate majors and 31 graduate degrees.

Students of the College of Business and Management can choose to major in accounting, finance, general business administration, management or marketing. Student clubs representing each of these majors participate in extra-curricular events that enhance the academic experience.

Northeastern Illinois University features a unique Nontraditional Degree Program. NEIU caters to adults with busy lives, allowing prospective students to tailor a program that meets their specific needs. Graduates from the program earn the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Approximately 2,000 adults are enrolled in the Nontraditional Degree Program. The University Without Walls (UWW) Program is a component of the Nontraditional Degree Program. Older students with specific academic and career goals can pursue a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree through UWW.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The McNair Program at Northeastern Illinois University encourages qualified minority students to pursue the PhD. McNair Scholars must have completed 60 hours of credit and maintained a GPA of 2.8 or higher. Scholars undertake summer research in conjunction with a faculty mentor. Workshops and meetings prepare students for the rigors of graduate school application and attendance. The McNair Scholar and faculty mentor co-author work to be presented at academic conferences. Research skills, academic writing and scholarly communication are all enhanced as the student completes their undergraduate degree.


The application deadline for fall semester admission is in early summer. However, prospective students are encouraged to submit their applications and supporting documents as soon as possible. A surge of applications in the weeks leading up to the deadline typically slows down the process for everyone.

Freshman Admissions

High school applicants and other first-time college students must supply official, sealed transcripts of high school coursework to the Admissions Office. Applicants who are not high school graduates must successfully pass the GED exam. Official ACT or SAT scores must also be provided before an application is complete. Northeastern Illinois University accepts students who graduated in the top half of their class. For incoming students who may need extra attention, either academically or socially, Project Success offers in-depth preparation and orientation to college life.

Transfer Admissions

Students who have earned credit at other institutions may apply for transfer to NEIU provided that they are in good academic standing. Official transcripts must be provided to the Admissions Office. Transfer applicants with less than 24 credits earned must also fulfill all the requirements of freshman applicants.

International Admissions

Students without US citizenship must supply the appropriate immigration documents or student Visa. International applicants must sit for the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Official transcripts from high school and any colleges or universities attended must be made available for review. The Northeastern Illinois University Admissions Office makes every effort to transfer eligible credits from prior institutions. Because international students have less access to sources of funding like federal loans, proof of financial support is also necessary.

Financial Aid

A majority of students at Northeastern Illinois University apply for and receive some form of financial aid. As part of the financial aid process, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority filing deadline for institutional assistance is in late winter.


Both the state of Illinois and the federal government sponsor grant programs to help needy students attain their academic goals at NEIU. Grants are free money that doesn’t have to be repaid. Some grants are open to all students, while others are specific to certain majors and departments. Programs include the Federal Pell Grant and the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant.


Northeastern Illinois University sponsors several institutional scholarships, most of which are merit-based. Many of them are tailored to specific departments and have rigorous application processes.

Incoming freshmen who earned ACT scores of 27 or above can apply for the Presidential Scholarship. Recipients enjoy a “full ride” – tuition, fees, and books are covered for up to four years, assuming satisfactory academic progress.

Students admitted into the Honors Program are eligible for the Honors Tuition Scholarship. The award requires enrollment in an Honors course for each semester the award is bestowed.

The number and variety of private scholarship opportunities is daunting. An Admissions Counselor or Academic Adviser can help steer interested students toward viable sources of funding. Securing external gift money consumes a lot of time and energy, but the potential rewards are great.


Federal loans offer competitive interest rates and generous repayment schedules. Private lenders typically impose slightly higher interest rates than the U.S. government. Loans, of course, must be paid back with interest under an agreed-upon plan.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5523rd for the average student loan amount.
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Most attendees of Northeastern Illinois University are women. A significant percentage are either part-time or nontraditional. Half of all students represent minority groups. NEIU’s urban locale contributes to the cosmopolitan flavor of the campus. The most recent figures indicate the total enrollment is approaching 12,000 students.

Northeastern Illinois University does not offer campus or any other school-affiliated housing. Non-Chicago natives will have to consider possible living arrangements well before the start of their first semester.

The Ronald Williams Library at NEIU maintains physical and digital holdings of thousands of books, journals, musical recordings, archival material and other information resources. Students can access the collection off-campus with their official ID and password. Inside the library are the Center for Academic Writing and the Language Learning Lab. Study and meeting rooms are available by appointment. The library’s homepage also provides a link to the Chicago Public Library catalog.

A campus recreation program allows for stress relief and overall wellness in the form of physical activity. NEIU’s recreation facilities include an indoor running track, swimming pool, exercise and weights room, and outdoor tennis courts. Group exercise and aerobics programs are available throughout the academic year. Intramural sports foster healthy competition between students.

Northeastern Illinois University closed down all intercollegiate sports after the 1997-1988 season.

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Student Graduation Demographics

Local Community

The Windy City has lots to offer students at Northeastern Illinois University. Students at the main campus in North Park enjoy a close-knit, small-town atmosphere with numerous schools and libraries. Chicago proper offers lakeside recreation, professional basketball, baseball, football and hockey, and numerous museums and cultural attraction. The Sears Tower (technically Willis Tower), at 1451 feet, remains one of the five tallest buildings on Earth.


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  • Northeastern Illinois University. US News and World Report, 2011. Web. 16 July 2011.
  • Petersons Four-Year Colleges 2011. New Jersey: Peterson, 2010. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 43rd in Illinois and 1097th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 6 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.03
Arrest 7 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 12,408 0.46
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 431 0.02
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 13,975 0.52
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 26,420 0.98
Larceny 72,373 2.68
Vehicle theft 19,446 0.72

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Chicago, IL 60625-4699
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population91,351 (91,351 urban / N/A rural)
Households30,653 (2.91 people per house)
Median Household Income$40,083
Families19,764 (3.63 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1705

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2258th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,391 $6,391 $12,782
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,572 $1,572 $1,572
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $266 $266 $537
FT Graduate Tuition $5,166 $5,166 $10,332
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,245 $1,245 $1,245
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $287 $287 $574
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $10,860 $10,860 $17,748
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,976 $24,976 $31,864
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $22,213 $22,213 $29,101

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,879 $8,089 $7,879 $8,089 $14,479 $14,689
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,680 $1,800
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,910(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,840(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $11,340(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,350 (2,184 male / 3,107 female)
Admitted 3,200 (1,244 male / 1,937 female)
Admission rate 60%
First-time Enrollment 808 (351 male / 454 female)
FT Enrollment 764 (325 male / 437 female)
PT Enrollment 44 (26 male / 17 female)
Total Enrollment10,821

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /   /  N/A
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

ACT Test Admission

1267th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 95%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 21
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 21

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 90 193 471 186 4 1,031 130 2,127
Accounting 12 7 19 27 1 45 2 114
Anthropology 2 1 13 3 20
Art/Art Studies, General 1 11 3 23 1 39
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 1 14 2 1 18
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 4 11 15 36 9 79
Business Administration and Management, General 4 5 11 14 35 2 73
Business/Commerce, General 1 2 9 1 7 1 21
Chemistry, General 4 2 4 8 12 2 32
Communication and Media Studies, Other 4 8 28 7 39 7 95
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 1 4 4 10 19
Computer Science 23 5 4 16 25 5 79
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 3 1 1 31 2 39
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 2 13 34 8 1 46 7 111
Curriculum and Instruction 15 1 4 1 21
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 6 3 17 2 31
Economics, General 2 10 5 21 2 40
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented 1 5 3 9
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 11 20 2 48 5 86
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 3 29 5 56 4 101
English Language and Literature, General 1 4 11 6 38 2 62
Environmental Studies 1 3 1 15 2 23
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 15 1 5 22
Family Psychology 1 3 4
Finance, General 5 5 5 12 24 1 52
French Language and Literature 2 2
General Studies 2 1 1 5
Geography 1 1 1 1 6 10
Geology/Earth Science, General 4 1 5
Gerontology 4 4
History, General 3 14 1 43 1 62
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 2 1 5
Latin American Studies 4 3 2 9
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 35 44 10 2 65 4 163
Linguistics 2 1 1 7 5 16
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 2 3 16 24
Mathematics, General 2 4 4 9 20 6 46
Music, General 2 9 1 12
Philosophy 1 2 1 11 15
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 5 3 22 1 31
Physics, General 1 1 2
Political Science and Government, General 1 5 14 2 16 4 43
Psychology, General 4 8 21 6 53 3 98
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 2 4 13 25 1 45
Reading Teacher Education 2 10 22 5 39
Social Sciences, Other 11 2 13
Social Work 1 25 37 1 44 1 109
Sociology 5 13 2 19 1 41
Spanish Language and Literature 2 22 4 28
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 2 7 4 43 12 69
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 3 1 9 1 15
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1 11 8 21
Women's Studies 1 1 3 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1983rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,894 ($64,110 male / $59,415 female)
Number of FT Faculty 372 (165 male / 207 female)
Number of PT Faculty 603
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $32,040,239

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