Admissions and Transfer Center

The Admissions Office is part of Enrollment Management Services (D-130), and assists prospective undergraduate students with the process of applying for admission and learning more about opportunities at Northeastern Illinois University. Admissions Counselors review admission requirements and procedures, discuss academic programs, and explain how transfer credits apply toward university degree requirements. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (773) 442-4050 or visit our website at  Admissions.

General Information

Factors considered in evaluating an applicant for admission to Northeastern include: the high school program of study, GPA and standardized test scores. A non-refundable application fee of $30 must be submitted with all applications. Applications received without the required fee will not be processed.

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Applicants for undergraduate admission at Northeastern Illinois University must:

  1. Submit a completed application or apply online.

  2. Submit a non-refundable application fee or approved application fee waiver accompanying the application. The application fee can be in the form of a check or money order payable to Northeastern Illinois University. If paid in cash at the University Cashier’s Office, the receipt should be attached with the application package.

  3. Provide official transcripts and/or Test Scores. Transcripts and examination scores must be official and received in an envelope sealed by the sending institution. Hand-carried transcripts will be considered official as long as they are delivered in the sealed envelope. Transcripts become the property of the University and cannot be released.

  4. Meet the admission requirements of your admission type (Click on Admission Type on left menu).

See chart below to determine documents required to complete your application file.

Applicant Type Application Fee Official ACT/SAT Scores High School Transcript Official College Transcript(s) Other
Freshman
Applicant who has not attended college or university after high school$30 check or money order1Required Required NoNo
Transfer
Applicant who has been enrolled in college or university after high school$30 check or money order1NoRequired if less than 24 semester hours earned college creditRequired for all colleges, universities, or trade schools attendedNo
Readmission
Applicant who has attended Northeastern in a degree-seeking program, but stopped out for three (3) consecutive semesters (summer included)$30 check or money orderNoNoRequired for all colleges or universities attended after stopping outNo
Second Bachelor's
Applicant who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and wishes to complete a second bachelor’s$30 check or money orderNoNoRequired from college or university that awarded first bachelor’s degreeNo
International
Applicant who is on an F or B1/B2 visa who plans to enroll as an international student$30 check or money order 1Required if FreshmanECE or WES evaluation for Freshman or Transfer with less than 24 semester hours earned college creditECE or WES evaluation of all colleges or universities attended outside the United States for Transfer or Second Bachelor’sTOEFL or IELTS scores, Bank letters with amount in U.S. dollars, Northeastern Financial Statement, copy of I-942, copy of Visa2, copy of I-202
Carruther’s Center for Inner City Studies
Freshman or Transfer$30 check or money order 1Required if FreshmanRequired if Transfer with less than 24 semester hours earned college creditRequired if Transfer for all colleges, universities or trade schools attendedno
El Centro
Freshman or Transfer$30 check or money orderRequired if FreshmanRequired if Transfer with less than 24 semester hours earned college creditRequired if Transfer for all colleges, universities or trade schools attendedNo
Project Success
Freshman (Fall Semester only)$30 check or money order 1RequiredRequiredNoNo
Proyecto Pa'Lante
Freshman (Fall Semester only)$30 check or money order 1RequiredRequiredNoNo
Wentworth Scholars Program
(Admission Decision Score 550-648)$30 check or money order 1RequiredRequiredNoNo
1

Application fee waivers are accepted.  Please see your high school or community college counselor.

2

 if already in U.S.

Application Processing

Applications are processed continuously throughout the year in accordance with published deadlines for each term. Applicants who send all required credentials well in advance of the term for which admission is being sought benefit by receiving earlier notification of admission decisions, and may be eligible for advanced registration.

International students who carry B1/B2, F, or J visas must complete their files by the published International student deadline for the term in which the student is applying in order to ensure proper processing of the I-20 form or DS-2019.

All transcripts and other documents submitted in support of a student’s application for admission become the property of the university. The Admissions Review and Processing Office will retain these credentials for a period of one year from the time of initial application. At the close of this period, all such documents submitted by applicants who do not enroll at Northeastern, will be destroyed.

The discovery of omitted previous post-secondary attendance may be cause for dismissal. An administrative hold will be put on the student’s record blocking further registration. Petitions to reenter will be reviewed by the Admissions Appeal Committee.

Admission Through Petition

Undergraduate applicants who are not granted admission may submit an admission portfolio for reconsideration. The portfolio must include a personal statement from the student explaining the reasons for their academic standing. Two letters of recommendations from instructors or counselors are also required. Admission portfolios will be reviewed by an Admissions Appeal Committee. Contact the Admissions Office for additional information.

Admission to Major Programs

Undergraduate applicants are first approved for admission to the university. It is then the student’s responsibility to apply to the academic department in which he/she wishes to major, to the College of Education if pursuing a teacher education program, and to the College of Business and Management if pursuing a business degree. Students who are readmitted to the University must re-declare their major.

The University requires all undergraduate students to declare a major by the time they have earned a total of 45 credit hours. Students intending to major in business, education, or social work can declare a “Pre-Major” until the program admission requirements to the College of Business and Management, Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education, or the Department of Social Work are met.