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Reviews 2197 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Northern is such a good school! Im so happy to go here

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: With my degree, i will go far because NIU

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel really safe on campus

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Stevenson is most likely the best option.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I hate greek life and think its stupid.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: For me, its too much. But they are okay.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Good campus. Nice people abd helpful teachers

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am in the process of enrolling for my first semester

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The courses are somewhat challenging. But the one thing I always say to people is, "you get out what you put in". The students will let you know what professors to take and which ones to avoid. There are so many courses that you can take, and those classes will benefit you in the long run. There are three different types of classes offered: small classes, lecture hall style, and online. Small class usually has under 40 students while lecture hall style has upwards of 300 students. It's better to avoid the lecture hall so you can get the individual attention if you need help.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's so easy to find an internship. Every year there are internship fairs where employers come to interview students for a job. Alumni networks are important, but they are not necessary in order to get a job. The employers that are recruiting are very high quality because they expect the best from the students. The career services are vital for the success of a student finding a job. They help you with your resume, they do mock interviews with you, and they help you with any concerns you may have.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus crime is higher at the beginning of the year because of all the easy targets. However, the crime rate during the year is extremely low. It happens more off campus than on campus. You never feel unsafe walking around on campus whether it be during the day or night. When its late at night you can call the Huskie Safeline and they will pick you up wherever you are and get you home safely free of charge. At the beginning of the year you have to put your phone number into the database so you can get different alerts (crime, school cancellations,threats, heightened security) for your own safety. There has never been a time when i didn't feel safe on campus. If i went out late I always let my friends know where I was just in case something happened. There are always NIU police around campus and that really calms the nerves.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus has both its pros and cons. Each dorm has their perks. In New Hall you get the benefit of having your own room and dining hall hours are open until 11 PM, however, they have awful cell service. Gilbert Hall has great food in their dining hall, but they are the only hall specifically intended for upperclassmen. Stevenson is probably the best dorm to live in on campus. They have great food in the dining hall, different learning communities in each building, great cell service and WiFi, and they frequently have events right downstairs. The only downside is that it is the farthest from the center of campus. Grant Hall is right next to Stevenson. They have a 24 hour computer lab, but they do not have a dining hall and have terrible service. Neptune, in my opinion, is the worst. There is no air conditioning in any of the rooms, and they don't have elevators. It's located in the center of campus, but that's about the only good thing about it. Each hall has an easy housing process. New hall is the most expensive (ranging $6,000 a semester) while Neptune is the cheapest (just over $4,000 a semester). Stevenson can get expensive because you get the option of what kind of room you want. You can get a single ($5,500 a semester), a double ($4,000 a semester), a suite with a bathroom or a suite without a bathroom. All of the dorms, except New Hall, has a communal bathroom. Stevenson has some of the best social events on campus. They have game nights, a game room, a mini carnival, and themed dinners every now and then.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I personally am not a part of the Greek life on campus. However, the Greek life has been pretty beneficial for the community. They do different events for charities and organizations around town. The most popular one is to raise money by doing a 5k for Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals. There is no bad blood between the Greeks and the non-Greeks. There are both sororities and fraternities on campus. There are a lot of houses for different people, for example, there is a Latino/Latina house, an Asian/Asian-American house, Lambda Sigma, an honor roll house, and an African-American house.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The majority of the varsity teams have made it to some sort of championship last year. The students are all really involved at the sporting events. They make fatheads, posters, t-shirts, and we all wear red. The most anticipated games are the football games, of course. When the team is away for a game we all tune in to watch them on TV and make signs when they come back to show our continual support for the team, regardless of if they won or not, and they seemed to do so much better with our support.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At NIU I had the most amazing first year and I would not change it for the world. I became close friends with so many people in such a short period of time. My favorite part was going to all of the sporting events with the residents on my floor in my dorm. They were my second family for the year. One thing that stands out about NIU is that we have a great sense of community and school spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I would choose my school over again because I have had the best experience there. I've meet amazing people that are now valuable in my life, I've had many opportunities available to me, the area is peaceful and the most important thing is Ive actually learned in my classes.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I loved my modern dance class!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Have great programs that offer internships required for degree completion of the major.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's very fitting for people who appreciate close knit relationships and strong work ethic.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: This university is always encouraging you to join programs to benefit your future goals. They already have things lined up for me before I graduate!

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3 College Junior

Athletics: I don't have much of a strong opinion on this topic. The football games are always filled of spirit though!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The advisors and staff are very approachable. It is determined from the first day that they do want you to succeed. They're willing to help you get to where you want to be as long as you put forth the work to get there. The class sizes are great because they usually range up to 25 students. This makes everyday close knit and comforting. There's never a shy moment on campus!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall NIU is a fantastic school.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Plenty of hope for future career.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: On campus community is safe enough.

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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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