Resources for Prospective Students - NIU - The Graduate School

Resources for Prospective Students

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Application AdvisorVisit our Application Advisor to find answers to questions that applicants frequently ask.


What is the difference between a degree-seeking student and a student-at-large? 

Graduate students at NIU are classified as either degree-seeking or as a non-degree-seeking student-at-large.

Degree-seeking students are admitted into a specific program, completion of which leads to the award of a graduate degree.

Students-at-large have permission of the Graduate School to enroll in graduate courses. Yet, some academic programs do not permit SALs to register for classes.

Regardless of your enrollment intentions, you can apply online for admission to a program or for student-at-large status.