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Monday, April 13, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University will remove the requirement for a standardized test score from its Fall 2020 application for enrollment. Effective immediately, Northeastern’s Fall 2020 admissions decisions will be made strictly using grade-point average and curriculum.

Northeastern convened a task force to explore this issue prior to the emergence of the COVID-19 crisis. The change is for Fall 2020 only. The University will revisit the decision this summer and decide whether the change will become permanent.

“We clearly saw standardized test scores as an obstacle to a student pursuing a college degree,” said Northeastern’s head of enrollment, John Fraire. “High school students are under a lot of stress, and this is one way to alleviate that stress and move them toward a college degree.”

More than 500 existing Fall 2020 applicants who were listed as incomplete due to a missing ACT or SAT score will now have their applications reviewed on a priority basis. These applicants will be informed of their admission decision by email.

Northeastern Illinois University is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, offering classes at three locations in Chicago and one in suburban Grayslake. The University offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs.

The deadline for undergraduate and graduate students to apply for admission in Fall 2020 is July 15.