Apply to NIU As a Transfer Student

Begin Application

We’re glad you’re interested in transferring to NIU! Follow these steps to apply.

  • 1

    Know When to Apply

    The application deadline for fall 2021 is August 1, 2021.

    You'll need to apply earlier if:

  • 2

    Review Admission Requirements

    The admission requirements depend on:

    • The number of credit hours you've earned.
    • If you have an associate degree.
  • 3

    Explore Our Majors

    If you haven't decided on a major, spend some time exploring our undergraduate degree programs. You'll be sure to find the perfect fit for you.

  • 4

    Gather Your Materials

    Your supporting documents will include transcripts from colleges you attended. You may need to provide high school transcripts. You may also need to submit your ACT/SAT score, if you're applying for admission in 2020.

    If you're applying for admission in fall 2021 or later, you don't need to submit your ACT or SAT score. Read more about test-free admission requirements for fall 2021.

    You may need to provide additional materials if you are:

  • 5

    Complete Your Application

    You’ll begin by creating an account in our system. You will then:

    • Provide information (date of birth, address, etc.)
    • Submit supporting documents
  • 6

    Check Your Status

    Once we receive your application and required documents, it usually takes us about two weeks to make an admission decision. Be sure to check the status of your application to see if anything is missing. Submit any missing items as soon as possible.

    To check your status, log in to MyNIU. We'll send you login information after you submit your application. After you log in, you'll see any missing items in your checklist.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Summer May 15
Fall August 1
Spring December 1

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Contact Us

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
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