Location
Dekalb, IL
Undergrads
14,494
Tuition (in-state)
$22,554 ($13,066)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1637 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are mostly cute family owned things, and some chain restaurants

4 College Freshman

Majors: So many majors here at NIU!

3 College Freshman

Majors: Never had one, but I plan on it

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know about Greek Life

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There has been some incidents

4 College Freshman

Computers: I use computer labs all the time

2 College Freshman

Transportation: We don't have much here

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The thing is that it's hard to find available scholarships, it's like it's hidden. Tuition is expensive for no reason, location here is bad so if were not paying for location, quality then what are we paying for?

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I never lived off campus

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is good, but the hours of operation are not. With the dorm I live in, it closes on Thursdays and closes early every night at 7. I have a lot to do in my day so it's hard to eat healthy when the only option of food late at night is to walk somewhere else and eat the junk food that they have left.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: NIU is known as a party school. Pretty much everyone goes out to party starting on Thursdays, that's why I usually go home on the weekends.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academic programs at NIU are widely available. I know that a lot of students attending NIU came here because of the programs offered here.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: i reqally don't know much about it

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: not too bad. no one forces people to buy drugs but it's available if you want it

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I just enjoy the vibe it has. It's not great but I wouldn't transfer. You have your ups and downs but it's definitely worth it here.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone has their own views but no one openly displays them from what I've seen unless asked

2 College Freshman

Transportation: I think they should have more busses that consistently after 6pm because a lot of students on campus don't have cars. Esp on weekends, you're basically stranded. Also I think the busses are way too crowded during certain times so for those times they should have more busses

3 College Freshman

Majors: Yeah i have many concerns. They can only be answered when I graduate. No one knows the future.

3 College Freshman

Majors: No issues. You just sign up.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got enough to get by but I had to take out loans and with my financial situation i felt like that was unnecessary,

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They host an event that lets owners sell their apartments to students or like try to bribe them and theres ads all over campus.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There's always someone who knows someone. Campus seems big but after the first semester you'll be seeing all these people tyou know and meeting guys and girls from all over campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's alright. There's danger everywhere you go. You just have to be smart and cautious about it.

1 College Freshman

Weather: This year has been crazy with the weather. It's hot then there's a blizzard! When it rains/snows it sucks cause it comes down super hard because there's no buildings blocking it.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm undecided but when I was thinking of doing psychology, there were many opportunities to get involved.

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NIU isn't for everybody. It's a school in the middle of nowhere with a large student population and a less-thanstellar academic reputation. Make no mistake: there are times you will feel like crap if you come to NIU. They will often be spurred by observing or attempting to talk to the meatheads who come to college to party and dropout in a year or two. It can be tough to avoid being affected by that mindset, or the parking, or some of the ancient facilities, or the difficulty of registering for classes, or the-well, you get the idea. The toughest part is getting through the first year. Dorm life can be hell, with small rooms and obnoxious floor mates. On top of that, you can't take classes in your major until late in your second year. You will probably end up thinking of transferring or quitting school all together at least once. However, in the end, the positives far outweigh the negatives. The people are down-to-earth and not the stuck-up brats you might find at a school like Northwestern. There is always a bar or party or concert to go to, no matter the day of the week. It's also remarkably affordable when compared to other schools in Illinois and nationwide. Oddly enough, NIU can grow on you. Life in DeKalb becomes a lot more bearable when are eligible to move into an apartment, and once you get to know your teachers and get involved your educational experience at NIU can turn into something special (and just wait until you are 21). It isn't a perfect institution by any means, but most students come to appreciate their time at Northern Illinois University in the quiet farm town of DeKalb.

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