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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The welcome days events on campus were fun and I learned a lot about clubs I want to get involved with. The faculty and staff are friendly and helpful. All of my professors so far have been very nice and welcoming. The business program at my school is nationally acclaimed and has graduation requirements that will help to put me above the rest of my competing peers from other schools. It uses a program that only a handful of schools in the nation use.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like my school because of the awesome nursing program. It's one of the hardest and most challenging things I've ever done, but I know that I'm receiving a high quality education. There are lots of opportunities for scholarships once you start school, and it's easy to find a job.

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4 College Student

Overall Experience: The best was meeting new people and forming new friendships while taking classes I liked.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There were alot of different options

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I'm honestly regretting coming to this school. In the last semester of my final year I'm finding bumps in the road that are only going to hinder my already late graduation date. I'm surprised at how much this school claims to care about students but then doesn't offer them or help them find the support they need aside from handing out pamphlets and making empty confusing websites.

If I had to recommend this school to anyone, I wouldn't. I regret spending the past 4 years at NIU.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Niu. Aside from the cold, it's a very welcoming environment that has a place for just about everyone

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The campus feel seems to be nice. I like how things are spread out more but I wish the classes could be a bit more hands on.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I am so happy I choose Northern Illinois, I have had such an amazing experience and have settled in and am so proud to call it my school. I love that the campus is big but not overwhelming, classes are bigger freshman year but classes in my major are much smaller which I enjoy. I love being able to get to know professors and peers and would not change my experience at my school for anything. Proud to be a Huskie!

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I would definitely look into more colleges before i decided to go to my current school. It is a nice school, but the way they operate in the offices could be improved. Staff could be more hands on when dealing with a larger class as well.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have loved this university

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: At Northern Illinois, I really feel like I belong. The professors are great and they really know to get engage students. I have like all of my previous professors and have not had any issues. The classes are in depth and I believe I am getting an education that will help me succeed in the future.

I chose to libe in the dorms and my C.A. was a great help. He was well informed and helped me whenever I needed some guidance. NIU really feels like home, yet you meet people who come from all parts of the world. NIU even has an international association and I made some great connections with students from different countries.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I miss my community college. Even though the teachers were part-time there, they cared a lot about the students. I guess most don't care here because of their tenure. I have had quite a few that have been awesome, but all of the teachers should care about the students and not just getting paid. The fees are ridiculous. I'm commuting and rarely using their facility, yet my fees amount to half of my tuition. It's a little ridiculous.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall, Northern Illinois University covers everything a college student can possibly think of. Hundreds of clubs, plenty of intramural activities and a friendly student body. I am enrolled for the 2015 Fall. I cannot wait to embark on this new chapter in my life.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love this school. No other place I will rather be.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Its nice. the people are nice and the place is always active with stuff to do

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really do like NIU. Like others have said though, college is what you make of it. Just do you and you can be happy anywhere. A little warning though, be prepared for harsh(ish) winters. It gets pretty cold and snowy here.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far the school is great. The staff are very helping and supportive.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Northern, for me, feels like a decent school. For a schools given to me as an option by my parents this seemed like the best fit at the time. Even though no school is perfect I have begun to find somewhat of a home here thanks to various friends and faculty I met during my first year. If I were to choose schools given the availability of my academics then I would be at a better institution.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I feel that school is just too expensive, where does all the money go? Why does it have to cost so much?

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's safe, the faculties are experienced, and has numerous programs to support the academics of students.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: College is what you make of it. You may choose to be involved and open many doors, or go by the established means of getting by, which is just getting good grades and receiving a degree. So far, I have experienced what one may experience in any university, a diverse and real world simulation. I have been humbled by great professors who helped reveal my true talents. My potential has come forward through tough, yet, inspiring academic experiences. I held my pride sky high for the huskies and have yet to find reason why some other college would have been better fit for me. Some may say that service can be rough and not helpful, but they fail to understand that with so many students and not the equal amount of faculty, help cannot be given to all students at one time. The resources are great; there is value worth more than the tuition that the school cost, as long as you seek help.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is fine. There are a lot of options so finding your perfect home won't be too hard.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't usually go to parties because I'm not very social. I just like to focus on school.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Off-campus dining is fairly acceptable in the afternoon and evening. When the sun goes down a lot of the restaurants close.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus strictness is fine. I mean I have never encountered the police but I'm sure its just fine.

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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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