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3 College Junior

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

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.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Some offices are hard to reach or come across. If you want to start a student organization or run one, the office of student life is awful at reaching out to students and communicating with them.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They don't provide you many options for financial help. They don't even offer loan counseling to help you find student loans.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus food is okay. But they need more vegetarian options. One time, the only vegetarian option was mash potatoes, and the gravy wasn't even vegetarian.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: NIU housing is decent depending where you live. Their meal plan is a great deal. Just don't live in Neptune, it is the worst dorm, and the RAs don't do their jobs enforcing the rules so you have people screaming and banging on doors at 3am in the morning.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I stayed in New Hall West at Borthern Illinois University. The cluster was nice having a flat screen tv, couches, and tables to study. On top of that you had a roommate, but you guys disn't have to share a room only a bathroom!

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall minus all of the downsides the school is a good place to go to college and learn to do things on your own as well as meet people.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Teachers are decent and aimed at helping students with their needs. Courses are challenging and thought provoking.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A degree from this school will be very beneficial when looking for a job within the mid-west. Outside of the mid-west I do not think many people would have heard of the school.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: i wish i got more

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Administration has looked into getting rid of the greek life.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Always read the lease contracts.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Only a few close. You'll need a car for anything good.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Only setback is the sexist SSS.org system required by the US government.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Things change a lot so it's not always easy to know if your huskie bucks will work out. Best option is to cook your self if you have a stove.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: NIU has a variety of offices where you can go and find off campus housing. so you have a choice of living in or off campus. they help you find roommates too so thats rally nice too.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: there is plenty of restaurants to choose from if you want to eat outside of campus. there is wing stop. chipotle, McDonalds, pizza places, subways, steak and shake, panera bread and many more. you will always find somewhere to eat the choices vary.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: im a part greek life so greek row parties on Thursday night are pretty good depending on where you go.

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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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