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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really wish I wasn't 17 when I started school because my parents made me pick this one and I never even visited it.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration with the right classes is pretty awful in business.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Recently more people are complaining about how many black people there are.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A lot of peer pressure on alcohol. I've literally had people shove drinks in my face even when I said no thanks and some people will get mad if you don't.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are almost always reports about 'off campus' aka the apartments students live in barely a block away robberies and muggings and assaults

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I transferred out after not being able to deal with this hellish place.. It started with a horrible roommate from hell and ended up in the hospital from stress, bullying in the halls, someone breaking group therapy rules and trying to talk to me outside of group therapy, the headache that is the business advisers who will let you take wrong classes after going to them and then saying it doesn't matter because it counts towards how many you need for graduation anyway and teachers refusing to accommodate me properly even though I have the government documentation. Don't expect to meet anyone who really cares about you other than what you can do for them and don't come in expecting to make friends and party. Get in and get out is the best advise I can give.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The only thing good about this school is the name. Alumni still think the school is as great as it used to be and light up when you mention it in job interviews.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Grant and Stevenson are the most habitable based on space and the availability of single rooms but should not even be considered on campus with how far they are from the classes

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I haven't really been to any parties, but I heard that some students had fun.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Some of the parties are fun, but not all of them.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes and study areas are fine. The professors are very nice.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are students of different religion and political beliefs. Rarely anyone gets bullied for it.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Some students do drugs and drink, but they only do these things at there apartments and not on campus grounds so they don't get caught.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are always police on campus driving around, and there are emergency buttons at almost every intersection and easy to find. A friend of mine was sexually assaulted, and I believe she found help relating to that easily.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Courses offered are great, theres a good amount of variety and different things I could learn about, and also inclusive of the student through group activities. The professors are average, they give their lectures and tests, but are not favorable to any specific students. Class sizes vary, some are in big lecture halls and some are in small classes.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As far as I can tell, a degree from Northern Illinois University, as long as it is a viable degree with jobs that have some openings, a job will be found for those looking for them. I found a job on campus as a community advisor easily, so the recruiting of employers is relatively high.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I liked living on campus because of the people, the inclusiveness of everyone on the floor and even the entire tower. I did not like everyone, but most people were very nice and fun. The best options for housing is Stevenson or New Hall, this is because the are clean, have great inclusive communities and have good dining food. The worst options are Neptune and Grant. This is because neptune is the lower end residence hall, its sprouts more violent behavior, and not very good food. Grant is mostly the same as Stevenson, but you will have to walk to Stevenson or New Hall if you want any food. The dorms are good. I liked my roommate, I had enough room on my side, and he had enough room on his, and they are easy to keep clean.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I only know a few people in the greek community, but they seem to enjoy it. I only attended a couple parties and it was not really my scene, but I am sure a lot of people would enjoy it if they had the chance.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: For how good the NIU football team is, the facilities are below average. We are D1 and consistently one of the best in our conference, but the stands, and the gym, are below average for college students. The fan support is usually good, but a lot of people I can tell just do not attend. The concessions at NIU athletic events are slim to none, and very low staffed, and most only take cash which most college students do not have.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I loved first semester, I met a lot of great new people, and had a lot of fun out of class, but also in class. The classes I took were challenging, but I was still able to work hard enough and get a great GPA. Second semester was good, classes again, were challenging and it was hard to lug yourself out of bed every morning, but you do it, and it feels better after you finish your classes for the day. I got more involved in school second semester, which I am very happy that I did because if I did not, I would not have some great opportunities to experience next year.

2 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There are a lot of crimes at or around campus. There are robberies, thefts, bomb threats, and home invasion. Definitely be careful, have pepper spray and keep yourself safe.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Some of the housing is really bad and there are lots of parties, theft, drunkenness, and bad behavior. You definitely have to know people, otherwise you may get a horrible roommate.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I transferred here after being in a different school. The drastic shift in quality of education is obvious, but the basic fundamental concepts are covered. There is a huge emphasis on math, and most of the time here is spent doing math classes.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There are so many clubs to chose from, and athletics is one of those things. Many people go to games and participate in different aspects of student life.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is a lot but there are a lot of different options to get help from professors and there are a lot of graduate assistants that are helpful as well. They have very flexible hours and are able to meet one on one which is pretty nice. All my professors have tried to learn every students name and have tried to form a bond with each student which is nice. It gives you the feeling that the teachers care. The curriculum is flexible and you are able to work on your own time when needed.

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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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