Dekalb, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$22,554 ($13,066)
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Reviews 1840 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Northern is a really strict school when it comes to safety. I feel safe walking around campus at 11 o'clock at night by myself. There are plenty of resources that will make you feel safe. Safety and strictness on prohibited things are not a problem here.

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College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm not able to review because I'm not old enough to be in bars.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Northern Is really known for football. The atmosphere is crazy at the games. It's amazing. The other sports get a lot of support as we'll but not like football.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: Everywhere is open and accepts new ideas and people.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is enough to do to have a great time with friends.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people from everywhere and that is what I love.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received quite a bit from the school and outside sources.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don"t bother so do not notice greek life.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is awesome living in these dorms. I never have any complaints.

5 College Freshman

Majors: It is great to know what you are working towards.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There was little pay but i learned so much from it.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Of course I am learning so much knowledge.

5 College Freshman

Academics: All the curriculum is adaptable.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone knows an athlete and the games are fun.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love it. It is warm and welcoming.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've never stayed off campus, the apartments are nice though.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: there are police everywhere. I'm a girl and i've walked by myself plenty of times at night & i was fine. but that was ON campus, I'd never walk on greek row or anywhere near that area & beyond by myself at night, preferably not by myself period.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My professors and classes were all pretty good, just go to ratemyproffessor.com

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I work at the front desk, best job you can get. get paid to do almost nothing, i can do my homework at the desk, & meet tons of new people.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: NewHall. most expensive but best of the dorms, its clean and living in a cluster is just like having a "hall" but you get more space when you need it, like you can go to the bathroom and your fridge without having to run into people.

Stevenson suites are nice, but you live super far from everything

and Northern View (traditional style living) is nice, but if you don't have or know someone with a car it can be kind of a headache because you have to take the bus everywhere

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Some nights a lot is going on and everything is great, and other nights it's drier than the dessert because everyone went home for the weekend &/or the frats are being party poopers

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is always a big job fair where you can get great internships and meet possible employers for the future.

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You have to make sure to get a great professor or your experience won't be nice at all.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police shut down every single party.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The convo parties are always the biggest and best.


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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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