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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: From my knowledge everyone seems to be quite happy with their off-campus housing.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have enjoyed all of the ones I have tried.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to get housing off campus. I'm getting an apartment next semester.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have not been to off campus dining except a Mexican restaurant that's actually really good. There's alot of restaurants around though

3 College Freshman

Administration: They seem to be very strict with alcohol and drug use but only if you get caught, if your not dumb, your fine.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I had no problem getting financial aid but I wish there were more grants and scholarships available for out of state students.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: I don't really go to parties. I usually go to the local bars.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: There is always something to eat. Not all the choices are great but there is always something. It would be nice is the daily menu was filled with option that almost everyone likes, but they do there best.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great. You meet a lot more people living on campus and the people on your floor are like your family. The food isn't bad and it available until 11pm, which is great if you have a night class that gets out at 9.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: All the help I got was from grants and loans. Unfortunately I wasn't helped with scholarships but it all depends on what you do for yourself to find scholarships

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's parties where ever you turn. Apartments have parties, dorms have parties and Greek row has parties and they're all pretty decent. It's really all about the people you know that make it fun.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's basically a buffet. All the dining halls are unlimited amounts of food and we can go as many times as we possibly want. The only bad thing is that in between meal times, they have the same food everyday which gets boring after a while.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I personally enjoy the campus life. You meet new people, learn to socialize and make new friends. The rooms are very spacious and the janitor does a very good job cleaning every morning. The CA's do a very nice job. From the dorms it's a 10 minute walk which isn't that bad. It's only 5 minutes away from dining and the recreational center.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lot's of fast food, some cool spots.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My scholarship is good but it's a pain the get the school to allow you to take out loans.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: I go home on the weekends.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There's not a lot of variety and the healthy options are terrible.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dining hall food is the same stuff every day and it's not very good. the rooms are nice if you live in new hall, but it's pretty expensive

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: lecture classes are huge. very costly compared to community college.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: wish there was more scholarship options

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College Sophomore

Party Scene: i dont really like to party

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From where I'm going to live next semester, It's pretty good. Rent is $270 a month w/o all the ultilities. We have a huge parking. 3 floor house. Its gonna be pretty good, especially close to campus and not like U of I or OSU. Those campuses are huge. We walked nearly an hour just to party from one house to another. In NIU it's like a 15 min walk.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's okay. There's IHOP, Chipotle, Mcdonalds, Fushiyami, Ice cream store, Panda house, and others. I don't really use the student discounts although I should...

3 College Sophomore

Administration: They're really strict on underage drinking in the dorms. One of my friends were in the dorms drinking and a CA heard them say "Take a Shot!" They knocked on the door and the opened it and saw the liquor. They wrote them up and made them pour the liquor out into the sinks. My friends had to pay like $150 fine and something like that. One of them didn't pay on time and was written up $300 more.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Its good that I am getting money for college by FAFSA, but I will still be in dept by Tens and thousands of dollars. I haven't gotten much scholarships, just one by my own college. I'm just grateful I get something.

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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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