Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Classification and Definition

A student currently attending high school or a high school graduate who has never attended a college or university OR a student who has satisfactorily passed the G.E.D. and has never attended a college or university.


Requirements For Admission

An admissions formula that contains an applicant's grade point averages and SAT/ACT scores is used to determine eligibility for admission to Northeastern Illinois University.

Students with GEDs:  If you are 18 years of age, or older, you can be considered for admission upon successful completion of the GED.  The SAT or ACT is required if you are under 21 years of age. 

Applicants with conditional admission must participate in one of our Student Success programs, such as CCICS Allstars, El Centro Scholars, Project Success, Proyecto Pa'Lante or Wentworth Scholars.

Subject Requirements for Freshmen

In addition to meeting the Admission Decision Score minimum requirement for admission, freshmen must also have completed the following high school subjects in accordance with the Illinois Board of Higher Education requirements*:

  • 4 years of Language Arts

  • 3 years of Mathematics (1 year must be algebra and 1 year must be a course that includes geometry content)

  • 2 years of Writing (1 year must be an English course and 1 year may be provided as part of any course offered)

  • 2 years of Social Science (must include 1 year of U.S. history or combination of U.S. history and American government and 1 semester of civics)

  • 2 years of Science

  • 1 year of Electives (Includes art, music, foreign language, or vocational education)

    *First time freshmen and transfer applicants with fewer than 24 hours of transferable credit, who meet all criteria for admission except high school subject requirements, may be admitted on a provisional basis.

How to Apply for Admission and required documents

  1. Submit application for admission with a $30 application fee to the Admissions Office. We encourage students to apply online for faster processing. Freshmen who are eligible for application fee waiver may also apply online and may upload their fee waiver form.

  2. Arrange to have an official high school transcript from each high school attended or GED transcript sent to the Admissions Office. You may send electronic transcripts (please check with your high school to determine if this is an option). If you attended high school outside the United States you must provide a general evaluation from Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES).

  3. Arrange for your ACT/SAT scores sent directly to the Admissions Office.

  4. If you are currently attending high school, request a copy of your “courses in progress” be sent along with your transcript to ensure your high school subject requirements do not appear deficient.

  5. If you are a veteran, you must submit a photocopy of your DD214.

  6. If you are a Permanent Resident of the United States, attach a clear photocopy of the front of your Permanent Resident card. If you have been granted temporary residence, conditional entrance, are a parolee, refugee, asylee, or in the process of becoming a Permanent Resident, you must submit appropriate U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation and/or copy of a valid visa.