Northern Illinois University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$9,314

1.58% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$19,782

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

7.74%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

51.8%

14,980 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

19,015

76.9% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

46.5%

1,239 Graduates

About

Northern Illinois University is a higher education institution located in DeKalb County, IL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Northern Illinois University were Speech Communication & Rhetoric (238 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (222 degrees), and General Psychology (199 degrees).

In 2016, 5,343 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Northern Illinois University. 49% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 51% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (3,297 degrees), 5.84 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (565 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Northern Illinois University is $9,314, which is $-16,542 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Northern Illinois University is $9,314, which is $-16,542 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,782.

In 2016, 70% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 65% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$9,314

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Northern Illinois University was $9,314. The cost of tuition at Northern Illinois University is $-16,542 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$19,782

2016 Value

3%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Northern Illinois University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,782. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Northern Illinois University grew by 3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,766

Room and Board

$1,300

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Northern Illinois University was of $10,766 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300. The cost of room and board increased by 0.093% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

70%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

65%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

70% of undergraduate students at Northern Illinois University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 2.94% with respect to 2015, when 68% 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.

7.74%

2015 Default Rate

439

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Northern Illinois University was 7.74%, which represents 439 out of the 5669 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Northern Illinois University received 14,980 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 12.4% annual decline. Out of those 14,980 applicants, 7,766 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 51.8% acceptance rate.

There were 19,015 students enrolled at Northern Illinois University in 2016, and 2% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Northern Illinois University has an overall enrollment yield of 23.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

51.8%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

7,766

Accepted Out of 14,980

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Northern Illinois University was 51.8% (7,766 admissions from 14,980 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 50.4%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -12.4%, while admissions declined by -9.8%.

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SAT Scores

2%

Submission Percentage

32

Scores Submitted

2% of enrolled first-time students at Northern Illinois University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Northern Illinois University has a total enrollment of 19,015 students. The full-time enrollment at Northern Illinois University is 14,616 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,399. This means that 76.9% of students enrolled at Northern Illinois University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Northern Illinois University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 57.8% White, 14.1% Hispanic or Latino, 13.1% Black or African American, 4.94% Asian, 3.33% Two or More Races, 0.105% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0841% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Northern Illinois University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (28.5%), followed by White Female (26.7%) and Black or African American Female (9.41%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (28.1%), followed by White Male (25.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.39%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

76.9%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Northern Illinois University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 19,015 students. The full-time enrollment at Northern Illinois University is 14,616 and the part-time enrollment is 4,399. This means that 76.9% of students enrolled at Northern Illinois University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

73%

2016 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 73%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Northern Illinois University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    10,987

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2,675

  3. Black or African American

    2,497

The enrolled student population at Northern Illinois University is 57.8% White, 14.1% Hispanic or Latino, 13.1% Black or African American, 4.94% Asian, 3.33% Two or More Races, 0.105% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0841% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 114 students (0.6%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 107 fewer women than men received degrees from Northern Illinois University. The majority of degree recipients at Northern Illinois University are white (3,297 degrees awarded). There were 5.84 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (565 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Northern Illinois University is Speech Communication & Rhetoric (238 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (222 degrees) and General Psychology (199 degrees).

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 Human Sciences (161 degrees awarded), Communications (290 degrees), and Math & Statistics (88 degrees).

Workforce

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 Software developers, applications & systems software (471,788 people), Miscellaneous managers (306,518 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (244,071 people), Computer programmers (138,791 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (136,021 people).

The most specialized majors at Northern Illinois University are Human Sciences (161 degrees awarded), Communications (290 degrees), Math & Statistics (88 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (357 degrees), and History (65 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northern Illinois University are Physicians & surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Chief executives & legislators, Firstline supervisors of nonretail sales workers, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Northern Illinois University are Human Sciences (161 degrees awarded), Communications (290 degrees), Math & Statistics (88 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (357 degrees), and History (65 degrees).

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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 Computer Systems Design (612,963 people), Elementary & secondary schools (465,335 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (322,441 people), Insurance carriers & related activities (212,022 people), and Hospitals (163,759 people).

The most specialized majors at Northern Illinois University are Human Sciences (161 degrees awarded), Communications (290 degrees), Math & Statistics (88 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (357 degrees), and History (65 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. 238 degrees awarded

  2. 222 degrees awarded

  3. 199 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Northern Illinois University was Speech Communication & Rhetoric with 238 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,725

  2. 2,618

In 2016, 2,725 degrees were awarded to men at Northern Illinois University, which is 1.04 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,618).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 259 degrees were awarded to men at Northern Illinois University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.09 times more than the 124 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 178 degrees were awarded to women at Northern Illinois University in Registered Nursing, which is 4.05 times more than the 44 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

25%

100% Completion Time

50%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 25% of students graduating from Northern Illinois University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 50% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 52% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (64.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Northern Illinois University is Female and Asian (64.9% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.78% of graduates (22 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,297 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    565 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    470 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Northern Illinois University is white (3,297 degrees awarded). There were 5.84 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (565 degrees).

1.03% of degree recipients (55 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    1,664 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    1,633 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    296 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Northern Illinois University is white male (1,664 degrees awarded). There were 1.02 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,633 degrees).

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Operations

Northern Illinois University has an endowment valued at nearly $74.3M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $691k (0.93%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Northern Illinois University had a total expenditure of $593M. Of that $593M, they spent $227M on salaries and $593M on benefits.

Northern Illinois University employs 270 Associate professors, 204 Professors, and 175 Assistant professors. Most academics at Northern Illinois University are Male Professors (147), Male Associate professors(137), and Female Associate professors (133).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northern Illinois University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 482 employees, Service, with 460 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 294 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$74.3M

2015 Endowment

1.14%

growth from 2014

Northern Illinois University has an endowment valued at about $74.3M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Northern Illinois University grew 1.14% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $197M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $14.8M - Federal

  2. $11.8M - State

  3. $2.72M - Local

As of 2015, Northern Illinois University received $14.8M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $11.8M from state grants and contracts, and $2.72M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$227M

Salary Expenditure

$593M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Northern Illinois University had a total expenditure of $593M. Of that $593M, they spent $227M on salaries and $593M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Northern Illinois University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$227M

2015 Salaries

3.81%

decline from 2014

In 2015, Northern Illinois University paid a median of $227M in salaries, which represents 38.4% of their overall expenditure ($593M) and a 3.81% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.132% growth from 2013 and a 0.252% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$63.2M

Instructional Salaries

852

Number of Employees

In 2015, Northern Illinois University paid a total of $63.2M to 852 employees working as instructors, which represents 27.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

270 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

482 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Northern Illinois University were Associate professor with 270 employees; Professor with 204 employees; and Professor with 175 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northern Illinois University were Office and Administrative Support with 482 employees; Service with 460 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 294 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Northern Illinois University was Male Professor with 147 employees, Male Associate professor with 137 employees, and Female Associate professor with 133 employees.

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

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