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  • 07/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Just like anywhere, there is a ride range of students. However, more and more kids are coming out of their shells when they start at a small college like this one.

    Tips for prospective students

    The only tip I want to give at this moment is to follow your heart.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that this college is a starter. I would rather have my general education classes finished so I don't have to take them again. All that I have to do is transfer the credits.

    Am enjoying being here

    I always have fun in the testing center. The testing center is located in the Student Center.

    Am learning a lot

    I have a disease, epilepsy, and I feel better since the teachers work around my disability.

  • 01/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus is very safe...seriously i don't know how many emails i've recieved about well the weather is bad so make sure you drive carefully and hold onto the railings when going up and down the stairs because they may be slippery. i do appreciate that my college cares about my safety but the emails can get a little rediculous at times..in a good way though. :)

    Clubs and Activities

    surprisingly there is a good number of clubs and activities around campus. there's impact, they're a group of students who set up activities for all of the other students and they do a lot of leadership activities. there is also trio, which is a program that offers tutoring and the opportunity to meet other students. there's an academic sorority called phi theta kappa, which looks really good on your resume if you're accepted. it's shocking the number of activities nicc actually offers for it's students.

    Great for these types of students

    it's great for students who like small classes and towns.

    Bang for the buck

    i think nicc is a great choice when it comes to money matters. its relatively cheap, but i'm still getting a great education!

    What to do for fun

    at nicc you almost have to create your own fun. i like to sit in the cafe and talk to my friends. as a student i get into the peosta community center for free, which is awesome because i get to use the various workout equipment and the courts for basketball, tennis and racquetball. there is also an indoor track which is awesome! another fun activity is to go to dubuque to do some shopping or see a movie. nicc will also hold some special events that free for students to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    nicc has the cougar cafe along with a new coffee shop. the food tends to be pretty tasty and it the prices are typically low. my campus offers two hot meals along with other various warm sandwiches, lunch meat and they have a salad bar. there is also a variety of packaged goods like cookies and chips, homemade desserts, and fruit. in the morning you can get breakfast food. there is also a variety of fountain drinks along with bottled beverages. if this doesn't sound satisfying there is always subway and a gas station across the street.

    Dorm Life

    unfortunately my nicc campus doesn't have dorms, but i'm hoping that they eventually will.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor isn't too bad. some teachers are more laid back than others, but i haven't had a teacher yet who is down right unbearable. like at any institution, different classes are going to be more difficult than others and have more work than others but it truly isn't that bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    on the first day of class, check your express to make sure your class hasn't been moved to a different room. it's also helpful if you have your text books and all of the other supplies you need on the first day of class.

    In three sentences

    i love nicc(i go to the one in peosta), it's a great community college for students like me who enjoy small campuses and classes. nicc also offers a variety of different programs that can suit just about anyone. lastly, the faculty and staff tend to be laid back and super friendly.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never heard of any safety problems having to do with the campus at NICC and my time there has been spent well.

    Greek Life

    NICC has Phi Theta Kappa, which I am a member of, on their campus.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're a high school student about to graduate, NICC is a great place to go. You can attend NICC for your first 2 years and then transfer to your school of choice afterwards (which is what I am currently doing). This way, you're slowly introduced into the college scene and you save a lot of money on your first 2 years in college. If you're trying to save money and need to work then this college is also for you. They offer quite a bit of their classes online. This saves you the time of going to the actual classroom . You do still have to study quite a bit on your own, though, but that's nothing new.

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of the great things about NICC. You get a big education for a small price. Price per credit is only $150 which is a lot cheaper than most schools around the area.

    What to do for fun

    The student center always has something fun. Sometimes we have magicians coming in, musicians, etc. and it's always fun to go and see what they're going to have on that day during the week.

    Food and Dining

    The school cafeteria recently had a change in their menu, actually. It's almost like a small restaurant specially made for NICC. They have breakfast and lunch there everyday with some things that are ready to go in case you're in a hurry. I have eaten there quite a bit, actually, and I do like their food very much. Their menu ranges from pancakes, omelets, eggs, sausage, etc., for breakfast to burgers, pizza, wraps, salads, and lunch specials for lunch.

    Dorm Life

    This school does not offer any dorms. I live in a town about 19 miles away and I either take classes online or drive the 19 miles back and forth everyday for class.

    Academic Rigor

    I wouldn't say that any of the classes I've taken have been painfully challenging or hard to complete. That's not to say that I passed them with ease. On the contrary, I have taken mostly online classes and have had to develop a sort of discipline and new study habits in order to keep up with my classes. Perhaps the classes didn't seem overly difficult for me because the teachers give enough time to complete assignments and are always there, either by email, appointment or phone call, in case I ever had a question or any problems with the subject matter.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're going to do online classes make sure you keep yourself on track. Without a teacher cues and deadlines it's easy to stay off track or even forget to finish a homework assignment on time. The online website that NICC provides is very easy to follow and you can see all your current classes on the front page with reminders for when assignments and tests are due as well.

    In three sentences

    If you're fresh out of high school or are trying to get back into school then NICC is a great place to look at. It's not too big or too small of a school with a wide array of classes you can take. I chose to attend here not only because it's affordable but because they offer courses on campus as well as online which fit my schedule very well.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    the food is very good

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    there are difficult teachers and there are easier teachers

    Tips for prospective students

    be yourself and get involved

    In three sentences

    nicc is a good school. they help students to succeed in their career choice. i enjoy going to this school.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Campus just got a new caterer to make the lunches. I have only eaten there about 3 times.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are an online student, make sure that you use the tools provided to talk with your classmates. Many times they can help with a question or project and you don't have to leave a question unanswered or wait for the instructor to respond.

    In three sentences

    This school is geared towards the success of it's students. The instructors get to know you well, and want to help you succeed. Many opportunities on campus to get involved in with the school community.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 6

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join a club.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best, choose a program you like, and don't procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    Good student to teacher ratio. I am referring to the Peosta campus by the way. It appears to not be an option here. Also friendly staff and nice facilities.