Apply to NIU as a returning, guest or post-baccalaureate student

How to Apply

We invite you to apply to NIU! Follow these steps to apply.

1. Know when to apply.

The application deadline for fall 2019 is August 1, 2019.

You'll need to apply earlier if you're:

  • A former NIU student applying for reinstatement
  • A visiting student changing to degree status

2. Review requirements and materials.

Your admission requirements and supporting documents depend on what type of student you are:

3. Explore our majors.

If you'll be pursuing a degree at NIU, take some time to explore our undergraduate degree programs. You'll be sure to find the perfect fit for you.

4. Complete your application.

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

  • Provide information (date of birth, address, etc.)
  • Submit any required supporting documents
  • Pay a nonrefundable $40 application fee

5. Check your status.

Once we receive your application and any 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 2019 December 1

Petition Deadlines

Term Deadline
Summer May 1
Fall July 15
Spring November 15

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Contact Us

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115

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