Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL

Northern Illinois University says, "The baccalaureate experience at Northern Illinois University challenges students to think critically, create, and communicate by participating in a progressive, engaged learning environment. Major area studies, general education, and co-curricular experiences prepare students to become productive members of a culturally and globally diverse society, and lifelong learners ready to meet the challenges of a dynamic career." [Source]

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  • Undergraduate Enrollment:15,435
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate:25%
  • Tuition & Fees (In State):$14,295 annually
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State):$23,761 annually

General Education Requirements

  • 1. Composition

  • 2. Literature


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    No credit given for Literature because the "Creativity and Critical Analysis" requirement may be fulfilled with courses that are not literature surveys.

  • 3. Foreign Language


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    No credit given for Foreign Language because the requirement only applies to select degree programs.

  • 4. U.S. Government or History


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    No credit given for U.S. Government or History because a survey course in American government or history is an option, but not required, to fulfill the "Creativity and Critical Analysis" or the "Society and Culture" requirement.

  • 5. Economics

  • 6. Mathematics


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    No credit given for Mathematics because the "Foundational Studies Quantitative Literacy" requirement may be satisfied by courses with little college-level math content.

  • 7. Science


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    No credit given for Natural or Physical Science because the "Nature and Technology" requirement may be satisfied by courses with little science content.

  • General Education Assessment

    Northern Illinois University uses one or more of the following instruments to assess undergraduate progress in core collegiate skills: the Council on Aid to Education Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile, or the ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP). For more information, visit

Curriculum last evaluated: 06/20/2016


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