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NIU Demographics & Diversity Report

Below Average Overall Diversity
Below Average Racial-Ethnic Diversity
Below Average Male/Female Diversity
Who is the typical student at NIU? College Factual wanted to know the truth so we ran the numbers. We analyzed racial diversity, gender ratios, age and geographic origins of college campuses accross the United States. The results of the Northern Illinois University <nil> diversity report are below.

NIU Student Population

16,769 Total Students
10,472 Undergraduates
1,896 Graduate Students

How Many Students Attend Northern Illinois University?

NIU total enrollment is approximately 16,769 students. 10,472 are undergraduates and 1,896 are graduate students.

NIU Undergraduate Population

Male/Female Breakdown of Undergraduates

The full-time NIU undergraduate population is made up of 54% women, and 46% men.


For the gender breakdown for all students, go here.

NIU Racial/Ethnic Breakdown of Undergraduates

Race/Ethnicity Number
White 4,927
Hispanic 2,206
Black or African American 2,139
Asian 596
Multi-Ethnic 410
International 156
Unknown 20
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 6

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NIU Graduate Student Population

Male/Female Breakdown of Graduate Students

About 53% of full-time grad students are women, and 47% men.


For the gender breakdown for all students, go here.

NIU Racial-Ethnic Breakdown of Graduate Students

Race/Ethnicity Number
White 1,036
International 392
Hispanic 178
Black or African American 125
Asian 98
Multi-Ethnic 45
Unknown 20
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1

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Racial/Ethnic Diversity

44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities *
Medium Faculty Racial/Ethnic Diversity

NIU Racial Demographics:

Race/Ethnicity Number
White 8,619
Hispanic 3,099
Black or African American 2,695
Asian 944
International 735
Multi-Ethnic 579
Unknown 70
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 10

Average Racial/Ethnic Diversity Among Faculty

Northern Illinois University Faculty Racial/Ethnic Demographics:

Ethnicity Number of Faculty
White 2,591
Black or African American 198
Asian 113
Multi-Ethnic 17
Hispanic 0
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0
International 0
Unknown 0

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NIU Male/Female Diversity

More Female Students
More Female Teachers
This school is more popular with women than with men.


There are approximately 9,095 female students and 7,674 male students at NIU.

Even Balance of Male & Female Teachers

Reporting of the gender of NIU is unknown or unavailable.

Faculty Gender Ratio  88.07 out of 100.
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There are more female teachers than male teachers at this school.


More about NIU faculty.

There are approximately 1,829 female teachers and 1,439 male teachers.

Average Geographic Diversity

4.62% Out of State
0.39% Out of the Country

NIU ranks 1,543 out of 2,183 when it comes to geographic diversity.

4.62% of NIU students come from out of state, and 0.39% come from out of the country.

Student Location Diversity  29 out of 100.
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The undergraduate student body is split among 18 states (may include Washington D.C.). Click on the map for more detail.


Top 5 States

State Amount
Illinois 1,712
Wisconsin 25
Michigan 10
Indiana 8
Ohio 5

International Students at NIU

Students from 78 countries are represented at this school, with the majority of the international students coming from India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Learn more about international students at NIU.

High Student Age Diversity

High Student Age Diversity
42.60% Traditional College Age
The age diversity score this school received indicates it is doing a good job attracting students of all ages.

Student Age Diversity  79.29 out of 100.
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A traditional college student is defined as being between the ages of 18-21. At NIU, 42.60% of students fall into that category, compared to the national average of 60%.

Student Age Group Amount
22-24 4,841
20-21 4,582
18-19 3,106
25-29 2,649
35 and over 1,761
30-34 1,043
Under 18 0

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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