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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.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining hall food can be pretty bad. But thats all i can eat because I don't have any spending money so I'm forced to eat it everyday.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process is horrible. My parents have almost ran out of money and the only thing keeping me in school is my loans. I am in terrible debt and it just keeps getting worse because we aren't getting any aid.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus has its pros & cons. One of the pros is getting to know new people, and one of the cons is that the residence areas aren't very clean.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Very nice buildings especially the new residence hall and Gilbert hall

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's very affordable and you can get one closer to campus.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dinning is affordable

3 College Junior

Administration: The campus strictness is okay...I think it's not a problem that should affect student's learning outcomes

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received the scholarship I needed but it wasn't enough.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: I tried it a few times and I think it's not that bad.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: People have parties, but it's all based on who you know.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many restaurants and bars in downtown Dekalb within walking distance from the university.

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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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