What Do You Have to Score on the ACT to Get into Northern Illinois University?

Standardized tests are necessary for most college admissions.
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Northern Illinois University is a public university in DeKalb, Ill., with an enrollment between 20,000 and 25,000 students. Applicants in the top half of their high school class with a GPA of 2.75 or above need a composite score of 19 on the ACT. Applicants in the top two-thirds of their class, but not the top half, need a GPA of at least 2.5 and an ACT composite score of 23.

1 What Else Do I Need?

Northern Illinois University admits just over half of of the students who apply each year and accepts either the ACT or SAT for admission. The middle 50 percent of admitted applicants score between 20 and 25 on the ACT. In addition to standardized test scores, applicants must have completed the equivalent of four years of English, two years of social studies including one year of U.S. history, two years of science including physical science, biology and one lab class, three years of math including geometry and advanced algebra or trigonometry, and one year of a foreign language, art, music or vocational training.

Jill Kokemuller has been writing since 2010, with work published in the "Daily Gate City." She spent six years working in a private boarding school, where her focus was English, algebra and geometry. Kokemuller is an authorized substitute teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Iowa.