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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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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of different activities to get students involved with different groups that are considered the minority. I believe are school has almost equal representation of all different parts of the globe. There isn't one class I am in where I feel like I am a minority. I know there are other people like me and I belong to a group.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: All students are required to take online course before attending the school about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and i think it makes a big difference on how we, as a university, view them. People aren't forcing each other to drink, people are being smart about taking care of themselves while they are participating in different social events like that. I feel safe and know that the school has given helpful information that I can use not only in college but in other day to day activities as I grow older to keep myself safe. No one really drinks in public because there are police officers always around not only to enforce rules but to keep the students safe.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: not much fan support less popular sports like softball and baseball and golf

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The professors are very approachable and passionate about their subjects. The courses offered fit exactly what I wanted.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I feel like I am getting a great value for my education.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe at the NIU Naperville campus. Since I take night classes, sometimes I feel uneasy walking to my car but I think that's just me.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Northern Illinois University offers a wide array of degree options and offers great value for the price.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: I attend a satellite campus and do not attend sporting events. However I do know that football is very popular on the main campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Having been involved in a sexual assault, the school provided me a ton of resources and was very supportive in my decision of how I wanted the case to be handled. I think overall, the school takes it very serious, but the school being a party school, I worry students don't care as much.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I came here as a last resort and found that after giving it a chance, still want more than what it offers. There is a lot of good things about the school, such as resources for counseling and having a great psychology program, but it lacks in some things I want, such as small classes, a lot of variety in courses offered, and amount there is to do around campus. There isn't a lot of awareness on what there is to do around campus, and the budget cuts from the state are making things more difficult overall.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I stay in New Hall, which is definitely the nicest dorm on campus, and I've found that the cluster atmosphere is really great. Unfortunately, most dorms (excluding Grant) have to walk across a major city street in order to go to classes, which is a hassel. Pricewise, I would say that the housing costs are average for a college.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know a super lot about the Greek Life here, but I do know that it doesn't affect the campus a lot, and mostly the fraternities are just seen as annoying snobby brats.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I found the rec center to be fairly itneresting. The treadmills have a spot to plug in a USB cord that I often used to charge my phone while listening to music and running.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like my classes and find them interesting but found the crime in the area and the campus itself to not be unappealing. There's usually an alert that goes out once a week at least about a burglary or assault. The campus isn't very pretty, and I want to go somewhere prettier and not surrounded by cornfield once you leave town.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are emergency towers everywhere and the whole campus is very lit at night so if youre walking alone, its in the light.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Being an Education major I have only had wonderful teachers. They are generally very nice and forgiving.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is not the best but NIU has many career fairs and opportunities for students to take to get a job or internship.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I honestly do love the residence halls, they are very nice and there are always people who you can bond with.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: NIU does not have a lot of greek life but what we do have is very nice. The people are really nice and truely do a lot of good work for the community.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics here are very good and students on campus tend to like them a lot.

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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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