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At Northeastern, find yourself among a welcoming and diverse community of scholars who are as serious about their education as you are.

Founded in 1867, today Northeastern attracts students from all over the world. Our 67-acre main campus in Chicago is a welcoming and safe community for 8,100 students. We provide our students with quality choices, offering more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences, education, and business.

Mission

Northeastern Illinois University, as a public comprehensive university with locations throughout Chicago, provides an exceptional environment for learning, teaching, and scholarship. We prepare a diverse community of students for leadership and service in our region and in the wider multicultural world.

Vision

Northeastern Illinois University will be a leader among metropolitan universities, known for its dedication to its urban mission, for the quality of its programs, for the success of its graduates, and for the diversity of its learning environment.

Values

Northeastern Illinois University is committed to a set of shared values that, taken collectively, guides our actions and interactions as we work together to prepare graduates for the responsible exercise of citizenship. We believe it is critical for democracy to create a space in which the commitment to these values results in a thriving educational community that transforms the lives of all. As we take stock of the present and look to the future, these values serve as the touchstone for planning how we will best achieve the educational mission entrusted to us.

Integrity

NEIU is accountable to those we serve and to those from whom we receive support. We are committed to honesty, respect, and transparency in our words and in our actions. In that regard, we work to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to use. This includes human, physical, fiscal, and environmental resources.

Excellence

In our pursuit of and commitment to excellence, we value the highest quality of learning and teaching, scholarship, and service. We value opportunities and experiences that support personal and professional development for all members of our community. In all that we say and do, we are committed to the process and products of excellence.

Access to Opportunity

NEIU values access to opportunity; we value a welcoming environment that provides appropriate support as well as encourages mutual responsibility for and commitment to learning.

Diversity

NEIU values the inclusion of a broad spectrum of students, staff, and faculty in the life of the University. We celebrate and foster global perspectives. We encourage the open and respectful expression of ideas and differences in thoughts, experiences, and opinions.

Community

NEIU feels a special obligation to provide an environment that is supportive, nurturing, and participatory. Such an environment is characterized by civility, fostering humanity and engagement, and creating a sense of community through inclusion, mutual respect, and empowerment. NEIU values our metropolitan setting as a laboratory for learning, and we foster partnerships for learning, research, and service throughout this dynamic region to promote the public good.

Empowerment Through Learning

NEIU is dedicated to creating a culture that provides life-long learning opportunities for all members of the University community. We are especially committed to transforming students' lives by engaging them in an educational experience that empowers them to graduate with the skills and knowledge to become effective leaders and citizens in their personal and professional lives.

Our University at a Glance

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The School for the Advancement of English Language and Learning (SAELL) was established in 2013 as a commitment to international students and Northeastern’s goal of havin ... [+]

SAELL Academic Program: Levels & Selection

Program Levels

Students are placed into their level of study based primarily on their most recent TOEFL test score. Some course assignments may vary based upon individual skill area scores. The TOEFL test is given to all new students during their first orientation week. The TOEFL PBT, TOEFL IBT and IELTS equivalents are listed below.

SAELL Levels TOEFL PBT TOEFL IBT IELTS BASICS 313-403 15-32 (overall) 4.0-4.5 (overall) INDEPENDENT 1 407-447 33-44 (overall) 4.5-5.0 (overall) INDEPENDENT 2 450-500 45-61 (overall) 5.0-6.0 (overall) INDEPENDENT 3 480-587 54-94 (overall) 5.5-7.0 (overall)

Program Selection

SAELL offers three programs to best meet the needs of our students.... [-]

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