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You'll need the following:

  • Personal information (social security number, date of birth, address, citizenship information, etc.)
  • High school information (school name, dates of attendance, etc.)
  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Payment information (credit card or other acceptable payment methods)

All supporting documents necessary to process your application must be sent to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Northern Illinois University
1425 West Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115

Application Instructions for Undocumented Students

Northern Illinois University welcomes all students, regardless of citizenship or residency. Illinois General Assembly Public Act 093-07 provides that undocumented students are classified as Illinois residents for tuition purposes if they meet specific conditions. Please see our application instructions for more information.

Application Fee Waiver - Freshman Applicants

To be considered for an application fee waiver, you must be currently enrolled in high school and submit an NIU Application Fee Waiver Form (.pdf). You may also have a letter from your high school counselor or social worker submitted which states that you meet the criteria listed on the NIU application fee waiver form.

Campus Safety

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years.

Get more information about campus security safety in the Annual Security Report. Contact the University Police and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. To receive a hard copy of the Annual Fire Safety Report the Environmental Health & Safety department at 815-753-0404.

Undergraduate application deadlines

Summer 2018May 15, 2018
Fall 2018August 1, 2018
Spring 2019December 1, 2018

Other important info

The University Honors Program at Northern Illinois University provides an enriched educational experience for students motivated to achieve greatness. Through a nearly 50 year history of specialized courses, advising, engaged learning opportunities, a living-learning community and extracurricular programming, we develop tomorrow's leaders today.

Some of the benefits you'll experience as a University Honors Program student include:

  • Small, engaging courses taught by top faculty
  • Priority registration for courses
  • Honors-only scholarships
  • Exclusive opportunities for research with faculty, study abroad and the prestigious McKearn Fellows program
  • Honors Engaged activities to broaden your involvement in local and global affairs
  • Peer mentoring from other honors students – and the chance to be a mentor yourself
  • Opportunity to live in exclusive clusters in the New Hall Honors House

If you are someone who has the ambition to chase your dreams, and help others in their pursuit as well, join us!


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