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  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    40 out of 42 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for any and every student. I can truly say that I can recommend any student to come here. It can be a wake up call for some and just a brilliant experience for all. The school is so diverse that there is something there for everyone and their own personal needs and wants.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you would like to go to Northern Illinois University, some tips I can personally give you are to stay on top of your real priortities whether it is classwork, financial aid, club and sports deadlines and practices, and etc. If you have trouble with school work, please get a tutor! Don't make a mistake like a lot of students do and slack off just because you don't understand the work. That's what you are paying for so take advantage of all the resources that the school provides. I also want to say, stay away from people who will make a negative effect on who you are because there are a lot of students who will take your mind off of what you came to school for. Practice proper hygiene, safe sexual conduct (if involved), do not drink and drive, and be prepared for the culture shock. Most importantly, be positive and learn how to maintain happiness while attending this school. Happiness just makes the college experience that much better.

    Did enjoy being here

    At times you do get home sick or at other times you may feel tired of living the campus life-but overall, you will love being there. There is so much you can do in a day that you'd wish one day lasts 100 hours instead of 24. The whole atmosphere and feeling-of-belonging made me enjoy the school itself. And every time I left off the campus and walked back onto it, I would just look at the school buildings and think to myself, this is my second home right here!

    Did learn a lot

    I learned how it is to be on your own and how different it is to be away from the people who you used to depend on the most when you were back at home. I learned a lot about how to manage time and money because being a student living on campus can be very expensive and of time's essence. You have to learn to make time to have fun because you have to stay so focused on doing homework and meeting deadlines. I learned educationally as well. Depending on your class size can really determine your level of attention you give to your instructor. So when you do pay attention you can really learn a lot. i learned that college is nothing like high school. It opens your eyes tremendously.

  • 12/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 15 people found this review useful. 2 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People that have good social skills will fit right in. Although it has the reputation of a party school, do not expect to be there very long if your only intentions are to party. However, if you do what is expected of you, you will earn the grade. Oh, stay away from MEE 101.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and don't underestimate the material. You may think this is not a difficult college, but it can be very challenging. Even Communcations 101 was difficult.

    Bang for the buck

    Only $830/class. This is very good for a non-community college. The drom prices are what will hurt (nearly $1000/mo.), but appartments are only $275/mo. And with the top Accounting program and one of the best business colleges in the state, it certainly is a hefty discount.

    Am enjoying being here

    Sometimes it does get a bit boring. However, the people, at least the ones I am with, are great. It is a friendly environment and it is easy to meet people in classes, since many of the smaller classes end up being close. The social scene is fantastic. By the end of the first semester, almost everyone knows each other. This is something that does not happen at such a large university.

    Am learning a lot

    Some of the classes are pretty difficult and take a lot of studying, but this is a good thing. I have learned more from my Engineering class than in any other class I taken my entire life. The class sizes vary. I have had some classes with only 15-20 people, but others with 100 people. The teachers are mostly great. They understand that they need to entertain students, but leave the actual work up to them. They leave it up to you to earn the grade.

  • 05/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 14 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 3 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're open-minded and enjoy a relatively diverse student body without being one in a massive group of people, Northern is for you. It has a homey, small-town appeal with better dining and a great art program for what you pay.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live in Illinois, be sure to check out any of the state schools before considering out-of-state universities--and their tuition rates--unless you have a scholarship of definite worth.

    Bang for the buck

    Great deal for how much tuition costs! My parents were very pleased with my choice, and even happier that it cost them a third of what they had originally intended on allotting me!

    Am enjoying being here

    Despite the slightly chilly winters, the social aspects and family atmosphere of Northern is lovely. You really feel at home as soon as you move into the dorms your first year, and a variety of clubs and organizations are offered to fit your tastes in recreation. There is a wonderful recreation center on campus, and many cultural events are offered throughout the year for students, often free of charge.

    Am learning a lot

    Fantastic learning atmosphere with interested (and interesting!) professors who are willing to work one-on-one with students to help them achieve their goals.

  • 12/09/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    7 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Whatever you do, do not let your money go to waste. We're college students and we're here for a purpose and that's to further our education. Don't let the freedom drive you away from your priorities. Your academics come first, then your social life. It's a shame to see how so many students fail out of college, simply from partying to much, and losing thousands of dollars in loans and or scholarship money.

    Will enjoy being here

    I know for a fact that I will enjoy being here. There's always something to do and being away from home, you have ten times more freedom than you did before. I know it will be a culture shock to go from living at home to being on my own but, I know that with focus I'll be able to handle the change.

    Will learn a lot

    the academics here are amazing and they also have a really good reputation. They have plenty of different clubs and organizations available that are strictly for education purposes. Your college advisors are there to help you and if your willing, they will also be willing to go out of their way to make sure your college years are successful.

  • 01/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 10 people found this review useful. 5 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anybody really. But in my experience, if you don't party... You'll be bored... But that's college for you, I guess

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go to Northern remember college is a totally new experience, be open minded. No one is really around on the weekends or those minor holidays. Get to know the NIU website, that will solve any problems you have.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive. Northern should be cheaper. I don't enjoy having to pre pay for food or having to pay for football games when I don't don't attend any of them. Northern needs to figure out where people are actually spending their money. SAVE UP FOR BOOKS!

    Am enjoying being here

    I miss home a lot sometimes. Once I found the right friends I began having a good time. On the weekends there isn't very much to do but party. Not being a party-er I am a little bored at times. The people here are kind of nice, but you really need to find your niche.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned more about myself then I have about any subject. I have learned who I am and the types of people I like hanging out with. Living in the dorms has been a great experience, and the living community is great. Most of the teachers are easy to get a hold of and are really helpful.

  • 03/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 6 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for any student; I'm a transfer student and I feel right at home at Northern Illinois University. More at home than I've felt before.

    Tips for prospective students

    My only tip for future NIU students is to have a wonderful time, apply yourself, and most important be yourself!

    Bang for the buck

    Northern Illinois University gives you what you pay for, in every aspect. The resources on campus are outstanding. There's a student center full of recreational activities, educational information, food, and tools for being a student.

    Am enjoying being here

    The entire area is full of fun/extra circular activities for students. What I've found out is that the people are kind and friendly for someone who's new. Every night during the week there is something to do: whether its attending a sporting event, making an appearance to the recreational center, observing educational/guest speakers, or just even hanging out with peers.

    Am learning a lot

    Since attending Northern Illinois University I have learned a tremendous amount of information. Previous college's reminded me of high school level agenda; here were working towards becoming better and brighter students, who are at the top of the educational abilities.

  • 01/15/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    6 out of 14 people found this review useful. 7 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't care about learning. Students who just want to say that they went to college and got a degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Communication between departments is dreadful. Information will likely be lost, you'll incur strange charges, and ending running all around campus in order to accomplish anything

    Bang for the buck

    If you can't afford to pay for this school outright then good luck with the financial aid office. I took out the maximum amount of loans that I could just to attend because my parents couldn't afford to assist me and was miserable that I had put myself in debt to be taught by TA's rather than actual professors.

    Did enjoy being here

    I didn't live on campus, but DeKalb is a decent town.

    Did learn a lot

    While I did learn while attending NIU, the coursework was not challenging. If you are passionate about learning don't attend this school as you will breeze through your classes.

  • 12/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 8 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive no matter what but I truly believe that Northern is well worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a very welcoming and safe campus. I love being able to walk where ever, whenever and having people offer to walk with me. It's extremely friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    The major classes are great! However, the general education classes are taught poorly so attempt to take those at a community college other wise the university is great!

  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    3 out of 18 people found this review useful. 9 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    can i get early planning guide

    Will enjoy being here

    want it as part of my dream colleges.

    Will learn a lot

    want to learn a lot in the medical field.

  • 12/02/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    You learn a lot, its worth the money.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is very nice. Buses can be taken around the whole campus. There are a lot of food choices around the campus as well. The students are very friendly. I have also heard the tailgate parties are crazy.

    Will learn a lot

    I visited NIU for an open house and got to visit a lot of the faclities as well as the teachers. The teachers seem to want to help students and very friendly. Some classes are small so indivudual attention is there, but some are very large.

  • 12/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are a student who wants to exceed and wants help getting there then Northern is for you. If you are a party person they have great parties but if you don't plan on being a student no need in coming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students are do your best freshman year that is the easiest class year. Also do not I repeat do not put partying first because Northern will kick you out. Half of the people I came in with our gone.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe they charge entirely too much for the dorms but for your education the price is right. You get everything you need in order to succeed.

    Am enjoying being here

    DeKalb is a place that is surrounded by cornfields. Northern is a enjoyable place if you have friends. If you don't have friends then this place can get pretty boring.

    Am learning a lot

    Northern's classes do have the most updated information and the teachers will help you learn everything there is to know about a subject. Although it may become frustrating there is always someone to help.

  • 07/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Living in a dorm is required for freshmen, so be prepared to do that. Dorm life isn't bad so long as you make some good friends. Don't slack off in the beginning, and don't think just because you had it easier in high school it passes the same, it's not. You have to adjust accordingly. Don't blame the professor solely, do everything in your power to make an effort with them first.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe NIU can be a little expensive. I myself think some of the benefits of being a student there could be an option. Dorm life takes up the most expense, with the meal plans. And while we pay a good amount of money for the internet, isn't that great. The wifi is horrible and even with an ethernet cable it can be annoying because of the log in system requirements. I realize many students access the internet at all times, but being a university, they should be able to compensate for it. Cable channels change without consent, and can be a pain to first manually install. NIU is creating a new dorm in hopes of increasing enrollment numbers. I think it is great, but I also think they should improve on other major complaints first. All and all NIU has many good qualities, but many things they can improve on as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a very spread out campus, sometimes running around the campus can be a bother, but as long as you set your schedule up right, there should be no problems. This will be my third year living in the dormitories and I must say I don't really want to live there again, but signed up right away without thinking. I'm not saying the dorms aren't bad, I'm living in the same dorm wing, same floor since Freshman year. And it's nice, most people that live in the dorm are nice and getting a good roommate is always best. The most I dislike about the dorms is the meal plan. Depending on your living situation, it isn't that bad. I recommend living in the dorm for new students.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers at NIU each have their own way of teaching their courses. Some better than others, it is all based upon how you learn. Even if you and the professor do not see eye to eye, there are great resources available on campus to aid you, such as the various major help rooms, tutors in the dormitories, and the library. Or even fellow students. Most people seem willing to answer a question. The assigned textbooks are good at explaining the material, and usually the professors base their lectures off of the chapters in the book. And then base their exams on your notes and suggested material.

  • 10/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    NIU is a suitcase school. It is located so close to home that many students commute or go home on the weekends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many college credit/AP classes as you can. It allows you to have a lighter workload and you can take more fun classes, classes that you are actually interested in, rather than the required basic classes.

    Bang for the buck

    School is not cheap. But NIU has a renowned education program known for producing quality, ethical, successful students into the working world. And for such a well-known and respectable school, you are really getting your moneys worth here.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being here at NIU! The social life here is amazing. The convocation center hosts a variety of great artists and shows. And the students show tons of Husky Pride!

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at NIU can be very challenging. Along with the material you learn in class, you will also learn very good time management skills, public speaking skills, and other useful skills that are essential for the real world. You learn how to interview, how to network with employers, ethics, etc.

  • 11/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 14 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking students who want an enriched and diverse culture to study in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus, and see why you should become a NIU Huskie!

    Bang for the buck

    The university is a great supplement to other state schools that cost much more.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is hard being away from home, as it is at any college. The UNIV 101 class helps students adapt to being away from home. Soon however, the floor you live on becomes family.

    Am learning a lot

    There are amazing professor's here that understand and will work with you as a student. They are engaging and truly spark the creative and imaginative mind.

  • 04/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love diversity and an accepting campus attitude then Northern Illinois University is the place for you. You can be who you are and not have to feel self conscious about it. Also if you like Quidditch... then lucky for you NIU has a team!

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip for prospective students is to check your Z-id email. This is how the university contacts you, and if you don't check it you can miss a lot of important deadlines. Make it a habit to check it at least once a day. My other tip would be to get involved in any way you can. It will help you adjust, and will be fun!

    Bang for the buck

    NIU has great financial aid assistance, and as a state school it is very affordable. I have had a few payment issues this year, and the Office of the Bursars and the Financial Aid Office have both been quick to help me in any way they can. The school wants you to attend and get all that you can from going to NIU and they are willing to help you pay for school, or help you find a way to pay somehow.

    Am enjoying being here

    NIU has a great sense of diversity and acceptance. There are all sorts of people, they differ race, ethnicity, personality, style, likes/dislikes, and numerous other things. There is always someone who shares a common interest with you. I am very involved in the university and would not have it any other way. It is a great way to get involved and make lifelong friends.

    Am learning a lot

    I am still in my general education classes right now. There is some learning, but there is also some review of material I had learned in High School.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Theater. Visual Arts. Music (Specifically Steel Pan). Psychology. Business.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. And try to get into a specialty floor. These are floors that are prioritized during registration for students who are of a certain major. I live on the Theater floor, in what is called the Art Dorm at Neptune North. It's awesome.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is around $20,000 a year and rising. Scholarships are just about as easy to get as at any other state school: if you're smart you should get something, but you've got a LOT of competition. It's worth it for the theater kids. We get a private conservatory education at a state school price. And our Junior year we get to go to Russia for a semester for just a few thousand more on that semester's tuition. Boo-Yah!

    Am enjoying being here

    You will have to come to the campus and see if this is the one for you. I live in the Chicago land area and NIU (for almost everyone here) seems to be the college that is separated enough that you can feel like you're on your own yet a close enough drive that coming home (and receiving free meals when your parents visit) isn't a huge deal. The people are friendly, and with 25,000 student and staff you'll find someone to talk to. And if the idea of a gigantic state school scares you, don't worry; for some strange reason that I haven't figured out yet, NIU has a very relaxed, homey atmosphere about it that doesn't make you feel like a herring lost in the Atlantic ocean.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm a theater major at NIU. If you're looking into acting (or any of the arts for that matter), NIU should be a choice for colleges to look into. I've been learning under Katherine Gately, and I'll have her husband Richard Poole next semester. They own the Gately~Poole conservatory in New York, one of the highest ranking acting conservatories in the nation. And they're only two of the many teachers teaching here. The music program is tops (NIU is considered the best program in the nation for Steel Pan players), and the Art program is well staffed and supported. This is a call to all prospective art majors: NIU will make your Major seem like less of a silly thing and more of a career.

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any student who can be independent and meet many people and be a part of something.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an open mind and be open to try any organization because I would not be where I am today without mine. Be familiar with the location of buildings before your first day because I showed up to my classes late a lot the first week because I was not familiar with the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Northern needs to figure out their financial aid issues because between books and living fees, it can be very expensive, and I am having trouble at this moment even affording to go to Northern next year based on loan issues.

    Am enjoying being here

    Throughout high school I did not have the best of friends or even many people I can trust but going to Northern allowed me to meet the best friends I could ever have. I worked at an on-campus job my first year that helped me network for the future. I also joined Greek Life where I found my closest friends.

    Am learning a lot

    I believe going to Northern was a good choice because not only am I learning academically but I am learning in other aspects that are needed to be prepared for the real world. If you take the right classes with the right professors (ratemyprofessor.com) you will learn a lot. Outside of the class I am learning to have better time management between my social and academic life. Even though Northern is not one of the most challenging schools, you must stick with your work because you will not breeze by.

  • 11/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    NIU is great for ALL students. But I suppose I would definitely recommend those going into theatre, because it is supposedly the best program in the region. Also physical therapy, I believe this is the only school in Illinois that has both undergrad and graduate programs for physical therapy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions! Do not think that curiosity is a bad thing and do not think that anyone would ever judge you for being confused. Also, constantly check your MyNiu, this is where updates will be for dates and deadlines of payments, class applications, and more. Always be sure to visit your academic advisor and counselors, and never stop applying for scholarships! But calm down and have fun, don't get too overwhelmed. ^_^

    Bang for the buck

    The main absolutely awesome deal, is that of our meal plan. I am on the lowest level meal plan with $60 a week, I never have any reason to be hungry and I almost never run out of food money. Clubs are often free or at least relatively cheap. And as for activities, Monday is one dollar bowling! What could be better! And it's no cost to visit or rent from the multi-story library or use the computers in the labs, plus free printing!

    Am enjoying being here

    NIU really is a fun campus to be on. There are many friendly people and a lot to do. Along Lincoln, a main street next to campus, has many places to eat and hang out. On Sycamore there is an even wider variety of places to eat including Noodles, Steak and Shake, and the infamous Ollies among other places like the movies. Directly on campus we have the Husky Den where there is billiards, TVs, video games, and bowling! Not to mention all of the clubs you can participate in, the Fraternities, Sororities, we even have Humans Vs Zombies!

    Am learning a lot

    I really am learning a lot here at NIU. The teachers here are great and are always true to their office hours and very willing to help you in understanding concepts that stump you. If they are too busy or you are in a large class there are always tutors around and willing to aid you in learning as well as studying. Some tutors may be paid for private services, but free services for every department and class are easily found and prove to be very helpful. In addition to this, there are always ways to double check to be confident in your selection in professors there are reviews to hear what other students have to say about the teachers that they have had in the past.

  • 12/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everybody

    Tips for prospective students

    Become engaged in the campus

    Bang for the buck

    The total cost and tuition is cheaper than most in-state schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is very fun and vibrant. If you look around there's something fun to do everyday.

    Am learning a lot

    I haven't really learned a lot new stuff because I'm just starting my gen-ed courses, but all of my teachers are well-educated about what they teach and help you understand the subject better.

  • 02/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 182

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    if you're over 21, there are bars, if not, don't fret. recreation center has basketball, there are swimming pools, outdoor courts and activities. there are a lot of activities through the outing center. cherryvale mall is about 35 minutes away. there is a movie theatre and a stage theatre in dekalb.

    Food and Dining

    there are many different food avail abilities around campus, all you can eat, a-la carte, and a grab-n-go. if you don't have time to sit down and eat something before class, you can take it wilpth you. there is brunch on the weekends and the dining halls are open from 7am - 11pm.

    Dorm Life

    niu does not call the rooms 'dorms.' instead they are called residence halls. niu's important aspect to them is the sense of community. residence advisors? we call them community advisors. there are many options of living on-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on your program the difficulty of the classes will vary. as a business student, you cannot procrastinate, you have to stay ahead, attend every class and study for every exam. some teachers don't care too much, but others make attendance mandatory. it's your money, don't waste it skipping class.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay ahead in your school work and most importantly get involved! my first year was really boring, so my sophomore year i joined alpha phi omega and that was on of my best choices: to get involved.

    In three sentences

    niu is geared toward being a community, not being a huge school where not everyone knows each other. all around campus there are ways to get involved, athletics are great and niu has been a great experience for me! the business program here is awesome as well.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are cops everywhere. However these cops are actually really chill and are there to keep you safe. They understand that students drink on the weekends and do not bust you for minor incidents. However, they do their job pretty well and are always on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Could be cheaper, but I know that they offer alot of scholarships so take advantage of those!

    What to do for fun

    There are parties at Northern almost every week. However, if you are not much of a partier, there is a movie theatre, and bowling alley in the neighboring town. Other than that, there really isnt anything.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is okay. The good thing is that each dorm generally offers a different type of food so you can always go to another dorm to get food. Otherwise, there are a variety of restaurants within walking distance that are also nice on the weekends or whenever you want a change.

    Dorm Life

    Speaking from my personal experience, im glad that the dorms were a requirement for freshmen. It was a great way to meet new people and also get used to the campus. I lived in the Business Careers house which was a good idea because everyone on my floor was taking the same classes so we would help each other out. It is important to be on good terms with your roommate because it will come in handy!

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, the difficulty of your classes depends on your major. My friends who were elementary education majors definitely had an easier option of courses to take compared to someone for example, in the business department (elementary math vs. business calculus). But like every school, most gen ed courses are fairly easy and generally the classes more specific to your major will be more difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you go to any school with an open mind, you will have a better time. Make sure to stay focused and have a good balance between partying and studying because honestly, balance is key.

    In three sentences

    Northern is a great school academically. If you make good friends, stay focused on academics, and get involved either in the greek life or just in clubs and groups you are interested in, you will have a great experience and will gain alot from your time here!

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 182

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do. There's parties, a near by movie theater,you can go out for ice cream and the list continues. NIU also have multiple events going on during the school year like, dance battles, fashion shows, and so much more

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good in the dorm buildings and even inside the student center. they even have well known restaurants near by in the neighborhood like, Apple Bee's, Buffalo wild Wings, Shark, Mc Donalds and many more:)

    Dorm Life

    I have not personally experienced the dorm life for myself yet. But when I went to visit my cousin I will always stay in her dorm room and it was very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Northern Illinois do not play around when it comes to academics. You do not do well you will be put on academic probation, and if it continues you will be dismissed from the university. even though they will dismiss you, if u feel like you are capable to turn yourself around Northern Illinois University do accept you to appeal you dismissal.

    Tips for prospective students

    There's only one thing you should keep in your mind while you are in college, stay on track and don't get distracted.

    In three sentences

    When It comes to a great college with excellent advisors and counselors, It's Northern Illinois University. They provide multiple opportunities in which are available to everyone to help them to become successful adults. Every one is so friendly and they make u feel right at home.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 182

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Every dorm has security at night and NIU has its own police force along with the Dekalb police who are active in the community.

    Greek Life

    Greeks are very active on campus and are fun to see. They have probates all year round, and walking down Greek row is a very exciting thing to see.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus. From student council to Harry Potter Quidditch clubs, Northern has an activity for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Northern appeals to all groups of people. It's a very social school and even the education pushes students to be more sociable by putting them in groups for certain classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The blackout game where all Northern Students wear black and go to a night time football game is probably the best game of the season.

    Bang for the buck

    Huskie bucks will be incredibly helpful in your life while attending NIU. You use Huskie bucks to do laundry and most restaurants around the town will accept them as money, even McDonald's!

    What to do for fun

    There is always a party going on somewhere in Dekalb. Students can go bowling at the Student Center for $1 or take the Huskie bus to the movies or out to eat. There is a bar for 21 and over students called Molly's that everyone seems to really enjoy. The school also host entertainment and has parties and concerts in the rec and Convocation Center.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Northern is actually very good. Some days they serve a baked potato bar and others they have chinese night. There is always something different and good to eat. All the dorms serve food all day but have certain hours of service on the weekends. Lincoln and Stevenson are open the latest closing at 11 pm while the other dorms close at 9.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so exciting and fun. If you are a girl i advise you to live on a coed floor because girls are surprisingly dirty and full of drama. Stevenson has some of the best rooms but is one of the most expensive dorms. My favorite dorm is Lincoln because there is always something going on in there.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are great. There is a lot of group work but that only helps to motivate students to keep work ethic up. All the teachers have reasonable meeting hours and because students seldom visit during their hours they're usually available when you visit.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not live in grant south it is very dirty. Choose classes that are in the same vicinity of each other because some of the buildings are far away from each other and your dorm. Try to get to know a little about your roommate before you move in with them.

    In three sentences

    Northern is a great school to attend. The education is great and the town is really a college based town. The school also really adapts to your needs by providing things like the free bus system for students to get around.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do around Dekalb without going too far.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent, just depending on the day and location!

    Dorm Life

    With the new dorms being there, that would be the best living arrangement. The dorms are just how you imagine and the people are extremely friendly!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are what you will expect going into college, just always do your homework!

    Tips for prospective students

    To just make sure you join as many clubs as possible, explore your opportunities dont stick to something in your major definitely branch out. You will meet many people when doing that, also make sure to study!!

    In three sentences

    This school is very diverse. Everybody on campus is very friendly and welcoming. I love going here, wouldn't change it.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NIU's campus makes sure safety is a priority. There are several services to ensure any student that they can be safe. There is a Late Night Ride for students who need to get to a destination when its late and they don't feel safe walking. There is also Walk Safe Program that has a trained member to walk with you to your destination. The campus also has emergency buttons that are located in several spots throughout the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Northern Illinois University has something for every type of student. From those strictly focused on academics to those who enjoy basking in Northern's social scene., and everything in between.

    Bang for the buck

    NIU definitely gives you what you sign up for, that is, if you sign up a college that challnges you to work hard and earn your degree with intructors that become part of your academic life.

    What to do for fun

    NIU has many different clubs and events to explore. Aside from the university sport teams, there are club sports that anyone can join. There are events like fashion shows, open mike nights, and different types of socials (mostly in the first couple weeks of school).

    Food and Dining

    The quality of the food is honestly typical dorm food. Most likely exactly what you would expect when you hear about dorm food. Stevenson dorm has a mall-like food court that serves a wider variety of food than the current other dorms (the newest dorm hasn't yet opened). In Douglas, there is the Dog Pound Deli that allows you to customize your sandwich. Every dorm building has its own dining area, but there are also various restaurants on/very close to the campus.

    Dorm Life

    It always depends on which dorm you choose. Several of the dorms have been renovated at NIU. The recently built dorm is amazing and much more up to date, compared to the classic Neptune, Douglas or Lincoln dorm. The cost of each dorm might influence which one to choose, but whichever is chosen, dorm life is basically the same. There will be floor mates from all walks of life and dorm food that might have you using the Rec center everyday.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on which instructor you choose (always use ratemyprofessor.com), the class can turn out any way. Overall, I'd say there are a few easy classes, typically a simple gen ed. The way you learn will help determine how challenging a class will be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to scope out your classes (at least the buildings) before the first day of class. Learn the bus routes, they come in handy when you don't feel like walking, but keep in mind that they get crowded in winter.

    In three sentences

    Northern is definitely a school that has just about everything. It isn't too big, but not too small either. Northern has services, organizations and staff that make it simple to adjust, wherever you come from.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Since the shooting in 2008 (yes. there was a shooting), the safety on campus has gone up a lot. There is a police station right in the middle of campus and there are a ton of emergency towers around campus as well. If you are scared of walking to your dorm at night, then you can call the station and they will drive you to your dorm! Or if your friend if drunk, they can take them too with no questions asked.

    Greek Life

    I am not going to be in any of those houses, but I heard that they are beneficial and a lot of fun. Most houses have requirements like you have to have a good GPA and all that. But if you are looking for lasting friendships, then going greek would be the best idea for you!

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is good for students who don't really know what they want to major in because they will have lots of choices to pick from.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the student center down in the basement, is the Huskie den. You can bowl, play pool, or just hang out in there. I think students get good discounts on games and shoes too!

    Bang for the buck

    If you apply early, you will get more scholarships from them and that plus your financial aid will mostly cover it, but you will still have a few hundred or so to pay every semester.

    What to do for fun

    They have a ton of clubs and organizations to choose from. During the first week, they will be all over the place, giving you information and such and such. Being a student, you get access to all the games for free! Dekalb also has a lot of restaurants and shopping areas to choose from. If you just like to exercise, then go to NIU's rec or hit up the YMCA in Dekalb. Whatever strikes your fancy.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot to choose from and the lines run smoothly even when there are a lot of people. Everyone eats at different times and at different places. You can eat at any residence hall, but I hear that Stevenson is the place to go. Most of the dining halls are open from 7:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M, so you can fit your meals in with your schedule with ease.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is friendly and the dorm advisors will answer all of your questions. If you want to know about the party scene, they will let you know. It all sounds scary, but as long as you plan and stay organized, you will find comfort in your new home.

    Academic Rigor

    There are various types of classes to choose from. Most sound difficult, but if you stay on top of your homework and you try your best, then you will surely find yourself in a good position.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep in contact with the school and ask questions when you need answers! Do not be shy! If no one answers you, then keep trying. Don't doubt your chances on admission. NIU is very generous and they will take anyone that actually tries hard enough. If you think you applied late, then don't worry. You will still qualify for their scholarships and other opportunities. Keep your head in the game and you will surely find yourself on the right path to your future!

    In three sentences

    NIU's campus is in a small-ish town, so you will feel right at home. The Undergraduate program offers a lot of majors and minors and this is helpful for those who are undecided. Once you are admitted, the cost of your tuition will not go up for the 4 years you are there!

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NIU is now a lot more strict about safety on campus. There are police roaming campus all the time. If it is night time and someone is out, a police driver will help them out to make sure that the student is safe. Overall, this campus is a lot safer.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't for everybody. But, for some it is life changing. There are plenty of ways to get involved with Greek life and I recommend trying it out.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and activities available for the students. Everyone is very welcoming here and if anybody has any type of club in mind, it is probably already created and available for you!

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for people who enjoy being involved and determined.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Instead of clapping at football games, we shake our keys.

    What to do for fun

    There are always sporting events going on to go to. Hundred's of different clubs are also available for everybody. The gym is open for people who love sports and getting in shape. If you are looking for a huge family then one can go Greek. There are countless things to do for fun. Just ask someone and they have it.

    Food and Dining

    Some food and dining places are good and some are not. It depends on where you go.

    Dorm Life

    They are modeling new dorms so the dorm life is improving everyday. They also now have programs for people to always have access to people who can help get you involved on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    To get in the school NIU is slowly having higher requirements. To stay in this school you just need to maintain good grades and study hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus and take advantage of the opportunities that are available to you.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is a very heart warming school. The teachers are there to help you and opportunities are always available. There are always things to do on campus which helps students stay focus and enjoy their time.

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police officers stationed throughout campus as well as police liaisons stationed within every residence hall. This widespread effect allows emergency personnel to respond quickly and efficiently. These police officers are all also medically trained and are, therefore, diversely trained to handle nearly any situation. These officers are easy to approach which creates a better security for the students on campus.

    Greek Life

    Our university offers a great deal of variety when it comes to Greek life. Almost all of these Greek societies are tied to national chapters and organizations. This provides a great opportunity for anyone looking to become involved in social societies as well as service societies.

    Clubs and Activities

    Several local clubs are jammed packed with students on any given night.

    Great for these types of students

    NIU is great for business students and engineering students. Both of these departments have state of the art buildings, equipment, and faculty. NIU also has wonderful education and liberal arts opportunities for students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an observatory near the center of campus that is a famous place to take dates. Also, there are two official university seals in the ground; one in the library, the other in Altgeld Hall. Tradition states that if a student steps on either seal that they will not graduate on time. There are also two benches on campus known for their romantic implications. When you kiss your sweetheart on one bench, it is rumored that you will marry them. The other bench is known as the break-up bench; well just use your imagination. The problem is that no one can keep the two benches straight.

    Bang for the buck

    Several local vendors give weekly deals to students enrolled at NIU.

    What to do for fun

    NIU has many social options. The student center provides bowling, billiards, bags, video games, and rooms for parties. Campus Recreational Services also provide two large on-campus athletic facilities where students can play any number of sports or attend fitness classes. There are dramas performed on campus, as well as a variety of concerts and other theatrical shows. NIU students also have the luxury of attending any NIU athletic event on campus for free. This is just on campus. The possibility for fun off campus in the surrounding communities is endless.

    Food and Dining

    There are several dining options across campus that offer a variety of dining styles and types of food. Whether you are hungry for international cuisine, contemporary dining, or homestyle dining there is always an option that fits a student's desires.

    Dorm Life

    Through the use of the residential curriculum, Housing and Dining provides an at-home atmosphere in the residence halls (not dorms). You see, here at NIU, we take offense to the word dorm. A dorm is a room that provides a place to sleep. At NIU, residence halls are so much more than that. Sure, there are rooms, but not only for sleeping, but living. The residence halls provide academic services, counseling services, as well as a place for students to call home and feel secure in.

    Academic Rigor

    I have had several challenging courses while in attendance at NIU. However, as long as you work hard as an individual, with your peers, and your teachers you will succeed academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want to receive from your college experience and absolutely do not be afraid to utilize the numerous resources the university makes available for its students.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is a wonderful university where the highest administrators all the way up to the president want the university to be student-driven. Education, healthy life choices, creating an inclusive environment, contributing responsibly to the community, and managing relationships on a personal level are all pillars of Northern Illinois University. I transferred into NIU from a larger school and know that I made the best decision of my academic career.

  • 08/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's a well known fact that there have been problems at Northern before. But these problems have made it safer! Between 11:00 PM and I think 6:00 AM, you need an entrance card and your school ID in order to get into your building. The only suggestion is to not walk anywhere alone at night, especially in the first few weeks.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to balance having fun with doing well in school, and people who don't mind walking!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the Neptune halls do a special Halloween event every year!

    What to do for fun

    There are thousands of places to eat with friends, a bunch of great scenery, and in one building there's a bowling alley! There's even pool tables and arcade games. So fun!

    Food and Dining

    Great Dining halls, variety, and delicious food!

    Dorm Life

    The Community advisers are so friendly and kind, you're sure to get along with them. There are thousands of opportunities to get involved, you can make your own rules for the dorm(as long as they aren't crazy) and overall, it's very friendly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to some of the activities for new students. They can be very fun! But at the same time, don't feel like you have to go to all of them. It's fun to just make new friends, relax, and eat some pizza!

    In three sentences

    There are so many good things I've discovered about this college. Socially, thee dorms have all sorts of opportunities, and the people I've met are mostly very nice. As far as extracurricular activities, there are thousands of opportunities including knitting clubs, Best Buddies, and even a Quidditch team!

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We've had cases where students have died here, yes. However, that doesn't mean it's unsafe. You can go across the country or you can go to a school down the street, but your chances of being hurt are actually not that much different. Stay in groups at night, pay attention to your surroundings, and don't do anything stupid. Donâ??t worry about what has happened in the past, NIU is a pretty safe place to be.

    Bang for the buck

    The school has all these things that they tell students are free, but we've already paid for them in tuition. So much money is put into our athletics when a good portion of the school doesn't even want to show up for the stuff. It's a LOT cheaper if you get your school supplies online (Amazon is great) because while you can get it quicker at school, you'll also spend over twice as much.

    What to do for fun

    The huskie den has bowling, billiards, & video games. There are plenty of places in town to go to as well and you can often find an event being put on by the different groups on campus.

    Dorm Life

    If you don't have to live in the dorms, DON'T. Some people really like them, but there are apartments near campus that are much cheaper and you'll have more freedom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to a counselor early on and don't be afraid to ask for a new one if yours isn't what you were looking for. You're in college so try different courses (even if you just sit in on a class with a friend) because you may find a different degree that will hold your interest much longer.

    In three sentences

    The overall experience has been pretty positive. Most of my classes have great teachers who actually care about what they are teaching. I just wish the school would take a hard look at where our money is being spent because some of the faculty should not be in a classroom.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is a little questionable at my school. We've had a few bad things happen on campus, but that doesn't mean Northern Illinois is a bad school. Just recently Northern Illinois rebuilt the NIU police station adding more police on campus to keep things in order.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life on campus is very strong. They are always hosting or planning different school events.

    Clubs and Activities

    Northern Illinois University has a number of different clubs and organization. Just last year I participated in the organization call BMI which stands for Black Male Initiative. Its one of Northern Illinois University best organizations for black males and it has the highest graduation rate!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not that I know of all the places on campus are pretty cool I cant complain.

    Bang for the buck

    One thing I like about Northern Illinois University they try to make it easy for students to save money. During the first week of school they pass out coupons with different promotions going on in the Dekalb area. Northern Illinois also host a Target back to school bash at the local Target were Target offers everything in the store at a discounted price and they even pass out free school supplies

    What to do for fun

    Well when all my homework was completed I would either hang out with friends I met. Most of the time we would go to the recreation center and play basketball and just work out in general. If I wasn't at the rec. with my friends I was going to the different school shows being held on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. Northern Illinois has a wide verity of places on campus you can eat at. I love how they accommodate all different variety and types of food. Everyday I would find myself eating something different.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life at Northern Illinois University is awesome! I simply love it. People are very friendly and willing to make new friends. The food was good, I was able to get my work done and seek out help for different classes all in the dorm where I used to live

    Academic Rigor

    I would say the Academic Rigor for Northern Illinois University isn't a walk in the part. Its very challenging and I like it that way. This school well prepares you for the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    The only tips I would give to other students is don't get caught up with all the partying. Stay focused and don't forget what your in school for. Lastly, don't skip any classes you will fall behind and its hard climbing yourself out of that hole.

    In three sentences

    If I would have to rate Northern Illinois University, I would rate it among the best Illinois State schools. Its has a outstanding business program, and its believed that majority of Northern Illinois bussiness students find a job quickly after graduation. All and all Northern Illinois is a, all out, great school!

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Last week there were 2 shootings near campus. There is project 8 housing nearby so that has me concerned.

    Greek Life

    Everyone loves Greek Life here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs but their meeting times are at night time. They definitely get points for having so many though.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like Greek Life this college is for you, most of the people I've talked to love being in a fraternity or sorority.

    Bang for the buck

    I don't feel it is worth the money I spend to go there.

    What to do for fun

    There's bowling and pool tables in the student center, and usually people are going out and doing something fun during the week.

    Food and Dining

    The new dorm is the best bet when it comes to finding food to eat, it is all you can eat and there is a good variety. The rest of the dorms have just the usual food you could find on any campus.

    Dorm Life

    I can't say much on this because I am a commuter, but the dorms seem okay they aren't too cramped but some of the other students can be loud.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't find the classes challenging, most of the time it is memorizing random information or writing a paper.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to make friends with the people in your dorms and in your classes, and keep a notebook with when your projects are due.

    In three sentences

    I am honestly not a big fan of Northern Illinois, most likely because I commute. There is always problems finding a parking spot unless you come before 9 am.

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is decent. But that depend on where you go to eat. The places I've eaten was of course the Neptune Dining Hall and Stevenson. If your looking for a good meal where you can get seconds, then I suggest the all you can eat buffets, whereas if you just craving that one specific item then head on over to Stevenson Towers or even check out the Trident located in Neptune.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is an experience in itself. But it also depends on the dorm you chose. I live in Neptune West and I love it. It's has a dining hall and also a grab and go to your convince. But the thing I like the most about Neptune West is that it's in the middle of campus and it doesn't take a long time to commute to my classes.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic lifestyle here at Northern is very rigorous. Though its up to you if you fail or not, help will be available in ever aspect that you need as far as Academics go. You are told what's expected of you the first day and is expected to uphold that.

    In three sentences

    Northern is fun and exciting. They also have many opportunities to make you college experience a fun one but also a productive one. Northern will make you love your home away from home.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a gargoyle on campus that has no head. They dress it up for holidays (like putting a pumpkin on it for Halloween.) It's fun.

    Food and Dining

    DeKalb has every restaurant you could want. The food is varied and good, with plenty of options on or near campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging. If you skip class a lot, you will not do well. The good news is there are plenty of people willing to help you. As long as you work hard, you'll do fine.

    In three sentences

    NIU is great! The professors and graduate assistants are very knowledgeable and willing to help students. The campus is beautiful, especially the lagoon by the art and music buildings!

  • 12/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in whatever you can while in high school and then try to contiue to be involved in those activities.

    Bang for the buck

    I don't even know what this means, so I can not reply to this.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is great here. The professors know what they are talking about and are always willing to help you when you go to ask them about something that you don't understand.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning how to be able to get the degree that I need in order to get the career that I want, which is a degree in Computer Sciences.

  • 12/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Northern is great for the student who doesn't mind walking around and who are dedicated to their studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you walk around campus before classes start. It will help you find the buildings your classes are in and it will also help you look for shortcuts to that building.

    Bang for the buck

    Nothern is not a lot of money compared to many other colleges. It really is a beautiful and big campus that you will love just walking around on beautiful days. The dorms are a great place to live, and the food isn't as bad as you would think.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am meeting so many new people and the dorms are really a good time. I love all the many resources the campus gives you like the library, recreation center, and campus life building.

    Am learning a lot

    Northern Illinois is full of many interesting classes that you can really wrap your head around. The teachers are so nice and always willing to help you out.

  • 12/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Join organizations that fit your intended field of study. Do some volunteer work. I was a tour guide for Northern and it was the best decision i had made and i plan to do it again. Finally, build some leadership skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    Northern Illinois University is the best decision i have made. Those of you high schoolers who have applied and been accepted by Northern, this school is the best choice. There is a lot of organizations to join, fraternities and sororities to join, there is a variety of food to choose from, and you hardly have to spend money as most places at Northern accept Huskie Bucks which are provide by the school if you intend to get them when applying for your room. Get involved on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Though it may be expensive, it has been the best decision I have ever made in choosing a college. This school has allowed me to be me. I have met a lot of cool people here at Northern and have made a lot of friends to. The best dorm at Northern in my opinion is Stevenson Hall because they have the best food and the best rooms.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people here at Northern Illinois University are friendly, the environment is excellent, and the instructors for every class are there to help students succeed. It is also easy to make friends with other students in your field of study as well as making friends with the instructors.

    Am learning a lot

    The university has tutors, study groups, etc to help students learn more while at Northern. The instructors are experts in their field of study and are there to help.

  • 12/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Theatre Majors. Party People. Extracurricular Activity Interersted People. ETC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class all the time. Get to know the people around you. Witness your surroundings. Have confidence in all you do.

    Bang for the buck

    It is all about the connections. You need them to get where you want to be. As a Theatre Major i know it all too well. You can have much talent in the world, but if you dont talk to the people with benefits, the process is slow and you wont get anywhere likely.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here, the enviorment itself is amazing. The people you get to know, the area is peaceful and spacious. Sure there is a party here and there, but it doesn't get in the way unless you let it.

    Am learning a lot

    You get to learn alot, but you must make sure you are there. It is not worth going if you don't plan to be in class. You got to get good with your teachers so you can get the help you need.

  • 03/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Am enjoying being here

    Northern Illinois Unversity is a great place to attend college. I enrolled to Northern in 2009, and I am currently an undergrad sophmore planning on getting my BD in mechanical engineering, then from there will go for master. Northern Illinois is a great college because they have a program called Chance Program. This program is for high school seniors that didn't graduate HS with a good GPA, or that did not do so well on the ACT. Northern started this program because they wanted to give students the chance to attend college, because most college just deny your application if you have a low ACT score or a low GPA. Once again NIU is a great college with good teaching/learning environment, and there are people working at NIU in order to guide you through your college life.

  • 05/19/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go there to party at the frats or other apartments or dorms. You don't want to have underage drinking infractions on your record when you are trying to get a job. Go there to enjoy moving forward with your life and get good grades. Most teachers are there to help if you need it so be sure to ask questions and make good use of your free time. And be sure to go to the football games! Such a great time in that stadium.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel they, like all other universities these days charge more than we should have to pay. This is mostly due to lack of government funding, however NIU has a very nice bus transportation system around campus and the surrounding apartments and dorms. The grounds are always in good condition and the library is huge and has every book ever needed for a class. It also has escalators! If you push yourself to learn as much as you can and come out of there with a degree and even a job then the bank for the buck is really there.

    Did enjoy being here

    Everything on and around campus is close in proximity to everything else. Friends are never too far and it's easy to walk or bike to classes or dorms. Overall it's a great place to be and be sure to check out the lagoon when the weather is nice.

    Did learn a lot

    Most of the teachers for the major classes are great and have so much to offer students that really want to learn and ask questions. As a graduate with a Bachelors in Geography and GIS certificate I can say that the teachers and administrators in Davis hall including the meteorology staff are great. They are always wanting the best for students and offer as much life lessons as they can while teaching the curriculum.

  • 06/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    niu is a great school for any student to apply to.

    Tips for prospective students

    some tips for students would be to: eat healthy while away at school (to avoid gaining the extra freshmen 15 lbs). check out the recreational center (it's amazing!), budget your huskie bucks and your meal plan wisely. study hard and study with friends and others in your classes when you can, classes can be difficult (make it easier for yourself as much as possible by talking to professors and tutors as well.)

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoyed being away from home. I enjoyed it so much that now I wish i had stayed at the school instead of having to come home.

    Academic Rigor

    i learned alot when i was at niu. i learned new study techniques that really helped me out.

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Am enjoying being here

    I love being on campus!! there are really alot of nice and interesting people that attend classes. there are a million different clubs and theres always something to do for anyone and everyone

    Am learning a lot

    Northern really give each students the tools needed to be successfully. There are people who really want to see you do good in life. Its like a giant family that helps each other out

  • 07/27/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Even though the tuition is pretty standard, I am really hoping that what I get from my time here will make it seem like a minuscule amount.

    Will enjoy being here

    This will be my first time living away from home, but I think that it is going to be really good for me. I really think that this is a great chance for me to practice being an adult.

    Will learn a lot

    I'm thrilled about my major program, especially how enthusiastic all the professors I have met are about their subjects. I am an anthropology major, and I was drawn to NIU by the credentials and publishing history of the Anthropology staff; I can't wait to learn from them!

  • 09/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are a student in Illinois who doesn't want to go far from home, then this college is a great choice for you. If you want to study abroad, this college isn't a bad choice either. Overall, it's a decent university with classrooms taught by qualified professors for a decent price.

    Tips for prospective students

    As with any college, you have to study hard in order to get what you want. For the price of tuition, you will learn a lot here, and broaden your horizons. Since this is a public university, you will meet all kinds of people from different backgrounds. Make sure to meet with a counselor often in order to check your progress.

    Bang for the buck

    Northern Illinois University has some pretty good programs considering its low tuition costs. The dorms aren't great, but they provide you with food and are relatively low on cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    Northern Illinois University is a rather fun campus. There are swimming pools, lots of good places to eat, and a campus cinema. There is also a recreation center where you can exercise. The dorms aren't all that bad for the price, and there are also plenty of apartments in the area as well. Also, for the most part, the students are very nice people and don't mind getting to meet new people.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here at NIU are actual participants in their fields for the most part. There is a lot to be learned from them, and most professors are very flexible with meeting times and appointments. There are many different majors to choose from, though I wish there were more bachelor programs for foreign languages other than Spanish, German, and Russian.

  • 12/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone would fit in at NIU. I came from California and a girl on my dorm floor came from Florida and we fit in just fine. There is so much diversity at NIU that anyone fits in and anyone feels welcome and can be successful while studying at Northern.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get involved your first semester. By weaving yourself into the NIU community you meet so many new people and make so many new friends right off the bat. I joined a sorority my first semester at NIU and have made so many friends and don't regret a second of it. Just make sure you get involved, that is the best thing you can do.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially being out of state the tuition is expensive but it is for sure worth it! I love Illinois and have had so much fun and the classes and professors are brilliant. It is for sure worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being here! Coming out to NIU from California, although homesickness has gotten the best of me sometimes, was the best decision I could have made. Being out on my own I have branched out making so many new friends and experiencing a completely different culture out in the midwest then typical California.

    Academic Rigor

    I have learned so much by going to NIU not only about school work and my major I am pursuing but I have learned so much about myself as well. Everyone is so welcoming and helpful that you always have a comfortable environment.

  • 12/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Not great for these students: Math majors...unless you are really, really talented.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for all the scholarships you can!! Even if you think you won't get it, any chance is better than none.

    Bang for the buck

    As with any other college, it is overpriced. If you plan on saving money money, either get a ton of scholarships or go to a community college first.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is so much to do. There is definitely never a dull moment and I am never bored.

    Am learning a lot

    I am amazed at how much I have learned here. As a science major, I understand the importance of knowledge and I guarantee you will learn something new every day.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any student that comes in to Northern will feel welcome and will not feel like an out case. People are very friendly and make friends very easily.

    Bang for the buck

    Cost for school can be expensive, but you get what you pay for. The dorms are nice and apartments vary.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love DeKalb. It is a very quiet school to be in and very diverse. The students are very friendly and it is very easy to make friends.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes vary from easiness but have a challenge when it comes to writing papers and exams. Overall, learning a lot.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    undecided

    Tips for prospective students

    STAY FOCUSED

  • 01/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many officers on campus at all times. Their number one priority is to make us feel at home, feel safe, and feel comfortable. They are not out to ruin your day, they want to ensure you have a good one. Regardless of past events, the safety is still huge and dominant on the campus and around DeKalb.

    Greek Life

    Many people join greek life at NIU. Its a fun, great experience for people to make life long lasting relationships with people from all over. A once in a life time chance.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything and everything from religious groups, to student lead organizations, greek life, intramural sports, workout classes, and service clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to have a fun environment to prosper academically and practically! Everyone will find people who have similar interests to them, and who are looking out for their well being!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The grotesque statue in the courtyard is a location on campus sacred to the university. The observation deck is very neat to go up to visit (for free!) and the imfamous kissing bench! (:

    Bang for the buck

    Like any other college education, it has some costs, however they are reasonable and the college offers lots of scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of festivals in the fall, school organized events every other week at least, and plenty of recreational activities are planned each week. Indoor and outdoor sports available with equipment available.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options to choose from, food plans offer plenty of money for the smallest to the largest diets!

    Dorm Life

    Great facilities with lots of friendly people. Close helpful amenities. The rules are not very strict, but do help keep order in the halls. The new halls are FANTASTIC!

    Academic Rigor

    The school offers a variety of many highly accredited programs such as nursing, sciences, engineering, music, art, teaching, and physical therapy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a balance between social and academic life! Both are crucial to building a successful college and professional life.

    In three sentences

    Northern is definitely a commuter school, but it is still full of great opportunities! Every professor is goal-oriented, the campus is very homey, and the people are diverse and friendly! School spirit here is unbelievable, everyone who goes to NIU loves it!

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus safety is a number one priority here at niu. although there have been some saftey cautions, none of them have happened on campus. niu is no different then any college campus. if you are taking the right safety precautions then there is no need to worry.

    Greek Life

    the greek life is good out here. the greeks are friendly and it's fairly easy to engage in their activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are always clubs and activities to join on campus. if there is one thing niu is excellent at it's making sure their students have every opportunity to get involved with the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    niu is great for anyone coming from a small school and really looking for a place to just blend in and not be known. it's also good for students who come from big schools and enjoy the hustle and bustle of a big campus.

    Bang for the buck

    with niu you definitely get what you pay for. the only thing free around here are all the t-shirts that seem to come your way. if willing to pay for a college tuition you get what you paid for.

    What to do for fun

    there is tons to do around campus for fun. the key is to find the fun activities. most of the time there are parties on weekends.

    Food and Dining

    the food around campus and in the dorms is decent. the variety of foods changes with each dorm. there is always a healthy alternative.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is alright. the atmosphere of a bunch of young adult college students all in one place is a bit obnoxious but, that can be said about any college dorm. it's a good experience to have in the first year.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor depends on the class loads you decide to take and the major you intend to go into. the class work can be alot if you take difficult classes and professors. although it's nothing that can't be managed by keeping up with it.

    Tips for prospective students

    try to get involved as much as possible. the more people you know the better experience you will have; socially and academically.

    In three sentences

    northern illinois university is a big school and has lots to do. it takes some time to get adjusted but, if one is willing to stick it out it's a great experience. i would recommend it to anyone.

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are so many sports offered at niu, but if you don't want to play profeesionally and just want to do it for fun, niu has many intramural sports.

    Food and Dining

    the food is amazing. they have almost every category of food you can think of (except sushi), to have a feast with.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are pretty awesome

    Tips for prospective students

    try to focus on what you are coming to school for. niu is not a party school or rather not one anymore, so maintain your studies and focus on your grades.

    In three sentences

    niu has a very great learning environment. the class sizes are very small and the professors are there to assist you whenever you need them.

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there is 24/7 police surveillance and protection. there is a police officer in each residence hall and there is a police station here on campus.

    Greek Life

    there are 30+ greek fraternities and sororities on campus. study for the week and attend the frat parties on the weekend.

    Clubs and Activities

    as i mentioned before there are over 500+ activities, clubs, organizations and intramural sports teams.

    What to do for fun

    there are over 500+ activities, clubs, student organizations and intramural sports. get involved!

    Food and Dining

    the food is excellent! lincoln hall and stevenson hall are the best places to get something to eat.

    Dorm Life

    i like the dorms, though, i am new to the whole community bathroom style, which is where you share a bathroom with people of your same sex (ie. all males share a bathroom, all girls share a bathroom). people on the floor are fairly friendly and the community advisers (ca) are very active.

    Academic Rigor

    the academia here at niu is very challenging, however, the instructors are willing to make sure each student is able to learn the material. this is college and they will not baby anyone. if you have a question please do not be shy because professors are more than willing to help answer your question.

    Tips for prospective students

    for illinois residents, make sure that you check an institution has your major and check the accreditation. niu has a plethora of majors to choose from with high accreditation. i transferred to niu from another school and learned that out-of-state tuition is highly unnecessary, especially when you can get the same education or even better education by staying in-state like at institutions like northern illinois university.

    In three sentences

    northern illinois university is one the best schools in the state of illinois. it has a very rigorous education, fantastic student services support with the various offices eager and equipped to help students, and a large variety of social organizations to be apart to feel truly one with niu. i recommend this school to all students because this has been a school of enlightenment.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    around 7% of the student population is involved in fraternaties and sororities that revolve around greek life. greek life members are always trying to persuade students not involved to join.

    Great for these types of students

    niu is a very diverse school that is appropriate for recommendation to anybody trying to get into college.

    What to do for fun

    there are always social events open on weekends for students looking to develop a social life, which can easily be achieved at this school, because people are very friendly and it is easy to meet people with similar interests at clubs and organizations and even classes. the rec center will be a favorite for people trying to work out or get active in sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    northern illinois university offers many great resources and clubs and organizations anyone can join. most of these are free and are a great way to spend free time, meet people, and gain beneficial skills that can be applied in one's future.

    In three sentences

    great resources are available for students struggling in any class for free. niu has been an awesome experience so far. there are many opportunities students can take advantage of on campus to broaden education and plan for a future career.

  • 02/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    try to stay in after midnight.

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of opportunity to be with like minded students

    Great for these types of students

    all types. if you don't want to study, you can enjoy it before you flunk out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    break up bench--used it.

    Bang for the buck

    i have it all and i don't have to live at home.

    What to do for fun

    rec center has sports.

    Food and Dining

    lots of options available at all times of the day.

    Dorm Life

    great friends, great food, great activities.

    Academic Rigor

    you can get whatever training you need here at niu.

    Tips for prospective students

    study, study, study. don't forget to have fun!

    In three sentences

    great, big school with lots of opportunities. undergraduates are valued and graduate students abound. courses are challenging and professors engaging.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    parking can be tough but it's usually well lit!

    Greek Life

    very active if you like this sort of thing.

    Clubs and Activities

    lambda sigma sophomore honor's society honor's society

    Great for these types of students

    this is a very diversified campus, almost any student would find great opportunity here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    at a sidewalk, on a corner, i took my blind girlfriend, beth, whom i met at niu, to feel what wet cement felt like, as she would never 'see' it! we still laugh about that today!

    Bang for the buck

    my bsn is still the number 1 most employable degree for the last 20 years and running!

    What to do for fun

    lambda sigma sophomore honors society!! the football, the theatre, the student union activities, plus, the campus is really beautiful!

    Food and Dining

    what can i say about dorm food? however, doing the prepaid option of at least 2 meals a day, will really help your food budget and keep you from calling mom all the time!

    Dorm Life

    the best in the state if you get along with your roommate! :)

    Academic Rigor

    the classes get harder the more you advance, don't take tough classes like a & p over the summer unless you are very good at memorizing!

    Tips for prospective students

    apply to nursing school early and with the highest gpa possible.

    In three sentences

    niu's school of nursing still is one of the best nursing schools in the united states! i have practiced for 18 years and the bsn i rec'd there is still one of the best tools i will ever have as a person, both personally and professionally. also, this school of nursing has one of the highest pass/fail rates for the rn board exam as well.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus safety has gone up in recent years after all the problems that they have been having. they now set up these poles all across campus where if you press a button on them then a cop will show up to that location as fast as possible. also, they have check-ins with cops at the dorms. people have to check-in anytime after 11.

    Greek Life

    the greek life on campus is really big here. there are a lot of fraternity's and sority's to choose from. they do a lot of activities and help around the community a lot. they also have tugs and their own intramural leagues.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a few bars on campus that the students really enjoy. starbusters and molly's are the 2 main ones on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one unusual tradition/location on campus are these two benches. one bench is said to be the bench where people ask their girlfriend out on and then the other one is the breakup bench.

    Bang for the buck

    overall, i have been having a lot of fun at northern illinois. it is not that expensive of a school so im happy about that. i also joine a fraternity so that might help the reason out a little.

    What to do for fun

    northern illinois has a great greek life and they hold a lot of events which are really fun. also, the football games are a lot of fun. there is also a good intramural program which has almost any sport. there is a campus movie theatre and also a pool hall/bowling alley on the campus which is pretty cheap.

    Food and Dining

    they have a dining hall at every dorming facility so they have very easy access. also, a lot of fast food places around campus accept huskie bucks which is very helpful.

    Dorm Life

    northern illinois just renovated a dorm building this year and it is really nice and big. for the upcoming year, they just built a whole brand new dorming facility which will fit over 1,000 new students and from the looks of it they will be some of the nicest dorms i will ever see on any campus. also for next year, they are renovating 4 more buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    there are some classes and majors that require some hard work and studying. overall though, it is not so bad if you just do your work and make sure you put in some time to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    my main tip is to stay on top of your work and make a connection with your academic advisors as soon as possible. it will ensure that you do very well in school.

    In three sentences

    northern illinois is a very good school and it is very helpful. all the teachers and academic are very helpful and set you on the right track. the school also has some very good programs, for example, they have a really good business and nursing program.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    do not let this schools bad rep fool you. bad stuff happens in every town and everywhere. i love niu campus police and have only felt unsafe maybe once or twice during my 4 years.

    Clubs and Activities

    they have many clubs and you can always start one if you want.

    Great for these types of students

    students who like a smaller school but still want the division one experience and are interested in chicago networking.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the geese become a part of your day because they are everywhere during some parts of the year.

    Bang for the buck

    i have done internships thanks to niu and i really think it is a great value school. it is a little run down visually but i think for the most part the education is just as solid as most schools.

    What to do for fun

    going to sporting events and getting involved with campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    i always enjoyed the food in the residential halls but as for variety in dekalb you kinda have to work hard to try new things.

    Dorm Life

    they are currently building a new residential hall and they renovated some of grant towers. the only bad part is some of the halls do not have wi-fi or air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    the amount of rigor depends on your ability to study and how well you understand your classes. always do your research before deciding what classes and what professors to have.

    Tips for prospective students

    use the four year plan sheets available to you by the academic advisers and make sure you go on a tour of the school and to an open house. these intro to niu events are super helpful when you are deciding whether or not to go to school here.

    In three sentences

    a 4 year university located in dekalb, illinois a fairly rural town west of chicago. this school is known for its education, business, nursing, pre-physical therapy, and jazz band programs. also the sports are division one and they belong to the mac conference.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there is a lot fun things to do on campus. we have a the huskie den which is a bowling alley, pool hall and arcade all in one. we also have alo organizations who through a lot of fun events on campus.

    Food and Dining

    the food is great and we have a nice variety of food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    i live in neptune which is very cozy and comfortable to live in. its close all my classes and the buses if i need to travel off campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    as an incoming student stay focused and go to all classes. take advantage of all the tutoring resources on campus they are very helpful.

    In three sentences

    i love my school. northern has always been my first choice. there are so many opportunities and resources that can help you on campus.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    with recent violent events at northern, it is hard to accurately judge its safety, although i have never felt threatened.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a wide variety of extracurricular activities offered on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    students who live nearby or who plan to live on campus. transfers have a difficult time juggling everything.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none that i know of.

    Bang for the buck

    northern is relatively cheap, but there are a lot of required materials, so expect to spend a lot on books.

    What to do for fun

    there are plenty of bars and concert halls in the downtown area.

    Food and Dining

    i have never eaten on campus, but i know they have starbucks!

    Dorm Life

    i do not live in the dorms, since i commute.

    Academic Rigor

    northern has some very difficult classes, but it is all in the student's best interest.

    Tips for prospective students

    i highly recommend not commuting, as the professors expect a lot out of their students. with the amount of homework, reading, and papers, you will need every spare second of your free time to get things done.

    In three sentences

    northern illinois university was the only logical choice for me, considering cost and location. however, i am glad i made the choice, because the professors there are wonderful and very passionate about what they do,

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty to chose from!

    What to do for fun

    There's always a chance to go bowling, or you can go out to dinner. You can also do some shopping or hang out at the bars.

    Tips for prospective students

    The water is pretty much undrinkable. Make sure you bring a filter!

    In three sentences

    As far as I've heard, Northern Illinois University has one of the best Business departments in the state. I have heard from family and friends that attend Northern Illinois University, that the school really challenges them and has made them grow as a person. I'm really looking forward to attending.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police and security available all the time

    Clubs and Activities

    A lots of clubs and activities to chose from to sue your personality

    Great for these types of students

    Great for student who want to successful and have fun at the same time

    What to do for fun

    Go to school games and involve in educational organizations

    Food and Dining

    food and dining is average, sometimes a lot of options to choose from other times not a lot

    Dorm Life

    Interesting and get to know people that have the same classes as your self

    Academic Rigor

    Great academic performance

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your instructors

    In three sentences

    Great academic success

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every night, campus police check on the floors of the dorms at 3 different times, and they also are in charge of access control, which means that only residents of the building and their guest may enter from the hours of 11pm-7am. Another precaution the school has implemented is Emergency button posts all around campus, which has a button that, when pressed, summons police to that area within 3 minutes. Overall, the campus feels very safe and secure.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities available at NIU that it is impossible to be a part of them all. The Recreation Center is available for students, and offers intramural sports. On that same note, NIU has a ton of sports teams to support, including the amazing football team and women's volleyball team. The clubs and organizations at Northern are not hard to find, as many of the groups put up flyers or advertise by setting up an information booth in the Holmes Student Center or various academic buildings.

    Food and Dining

    NIU really doesn't offer anything extra special when it comes to on-campus dining. The residence halls have theme nights, some of the more recent ones have been A Night at the Oscars, with red carpet decorations and fancy-sounding food, as well as Take Me Out to the Ballgame, featuring foods typically found at the ballpark, like hot dogs and pizza. As far as off-campus dining, the options are pretty decent. There's a Chipotle, Potbelly, and Starbucks within walking distance from the dorms. There's also lots of places that deliver in the area.

    Dorm Life

    At NIU, the dorms definitely need some work. I currently live in Douglas Hall, which is one of the smaller residence halls. I enjoy the community of the dorm. Because it is one of the smaller dorms, the people living here are more connected than in the larger ones. However, Northern is in the process of upgrading their dorms. The C wing of Grant Hall was remodeled and made more modern, and the school has a brand new residence hall scheduled to be open for Fall 2012 which is said to be a state-of-the-art facility. With some remodeling and new dorms, NIU can improve on the overall dorm life of its students.

    Academic Rigor

    Because I am a freshman student, I am taking general education courses which are, for the most part, easier than higher level classes. But so far I have found the classes to be somewhat of a challenge. NIU has professors

    Tips for prospective students

    If I had one tip for prospective students who plan to attend Northern Illinois, I would tell them to get involved. As a freshman, I felt that I made the wrong decision to leave home instead of attending community college, but once I ventured out of my room and to a few different activities and groups, I found that I was actually really excited about the new opportunities I was given. So for students who may come here, or to any school, they should try to get involved right away and find their place in the large campus.

    In three sentences

    I would rate Northern Illinois University a nine out of ten because it is an incredible school with a diverse community of students and faculty that are welcoming, helpful, and friendly. In addition, the amount of courses and extracurricular activities is boundless. After attending NIU for almost an entire year, I am pleased with my decision to attend this university.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have 24/7 campus officers here on campus.

    Greek Life

    NIU is a diverse campus . We offer many different Greek organization . And if your not wanting to so the usual Greek life, we offer religious organization as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    NIU provides activities from just running for fun all the way to open mic clubs. NIU has just about everything.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a more nature type of students we have so much of that here at NIU. If you like to dance we have a large variety of different teams. NIU offers just about everything you can think of.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some students on campus that like to play Zombies vs Humans, i think its pretty entertaining .

    What to do for fun

    I am a member of the S.I.S.T.E.R.S. Organization, as well as a member of the honor society. I do plan on joining other organizations next semester.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is pretty good, the rumor of the freshman 15 can be true if all you do is pig out. There is a gym that NIU students get to use for free, so take advantage.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorm rooms are nicer than others, but if your like me you will have friends in the other dorm and you could have sleepovers. Also, as a college student you shouldn't stay in your room all day.

    Academic Rigor

    Just Awesome !

    Tips for prospective students

    I would have to say to the students looking at Northern to really keep in mind that this is a big campus, but there is always people here to help out with what ever you need. I would also say to the students that try to get involved there is so much to do here on campus.

    In three sentences

    My over all rating of Northern Illinois University is an eight on a 10 point scale.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have had nothing bad happen to me, and none of my friends as well. this school does have a bad reputation, but i have heard nothing bad happen so far. It is recommended to not walk around alone at night though. They also have towers to call for 911 all over campus, which is a plus.

    Greek Life

    It depends on where you go and who you join. Ive only heard good things from the members of frats and sororities, but its up to the individual what their mind set is. It is also a huge commitment, since you will constantly be doing things so make sure you can handle the Greek life with school life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons to do, i cant even begin to list it all. you just gotta get out there and be willing to look for things you're interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student would be good here, especially one on a budget.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a headless gargoyle here on campus with a long story, but most of the upperclassmen dress her up according to seasons, and certain events.

    Bang for the buck

    There are so man things that are provided to you through the school when you pay to go here. Hospital visits, many types of services that help immensely, a rec center, and much more.

    What to do for fun

    Basically hang out with friends, attend events, join a sport or group, ect. its endless what you can do here and its all up to you what you do or don't do.

    Food and Dining

    I have Celiac's Disease, so i find the dining to be awful. I can hardly eat a regular meal without being in fear i may eat the wrong thing. they have very minor vegan and vegetarian options, so i rate it low.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, you'll do just fine. My first semester, i had awful problems with my roommates, as i lived in a suite and had three. I moved my second semester, now, and i absolutely love where i live. It just depends on the people you live with and the people on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    So far as a freshman, my classes have definitely been a challenge but nothing more than i could handle. As long as you study and do everything you can in your classes, they aren't horrible. I have heard that the classes do get harder as you go up, of course, but this is hearsay.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get to know as many people as you can, go to EVERY class or only miss very few days, and gain closer professional relationships with your professors.

    In three sentences

    Northern is a great school to be at, but it isn't an ivy league school by any means. I do like the course options and how many options there are here as a student. It really is encouraging to know students can go to a cheaper school and still get a great education.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is campus police everywhere you look,you will feel safe any hour of the day and if you want to go somewhere in the nights we have late night rides which are free!

    Greek Life

    The is around 30 something Greeks here,you will have lots of options to choose from if you wish to join a frat or sorority.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best place to relax are around the lagoons,its peaceful,you just watch the ducks,hear the whispers of the wind and you can also fish there.

    What to do for fun

    After eating all these food on campus the weight will start stack on,and there we have the recreation center where there is a gym,a track and a basket ball court.I feel like there is a concert every month with rappers,hip pop artist and bands to help release the strength from tests and quizzes that took place in the week.The Greek life is great and they always have parties going on,females are free!

    Food and Dining

    In a few dorms,food court is right downstairs and easy access.There are salad bars grill section,section where you get close to home made food,omelet bar,deli section,sweets section,pizza section,snack section,coffee section,drinks and juice section,there are unlimited food to select from.There is also a cafeteria,where you pay and you eat until you burst.On campus you will see other brands of stores where they will accept our huskie bucks and they also deliver.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun.The CAs are kool people just like us,only thing you need to do is keep the noise level down and you and them will have a great relationship.There are always something going on in the dorms to keep students active.

    Academic Rigor

    NIU as been recognize for success in many different areas.Do your research on the area of study you would like to go in and see if NIU is know to have success in that area and I am positive it will.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involve,go to club meetings,events taking place in your dorm and you will not also feel actively involve but you will meet new and diverse people here.Apply for jobs if you need or just to occupy your free times,there are thousands of jobs here on campus to choose from.

    In three sentences

    I recently transfer to NIU and I am loving it.Campus life is great,teachers are easy to talk to,there is always something to get involve with and you can easily meet friends.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been a couple of very serious incidents at NIU over the past few years. Not sure if the campus really could have done anything more to prevent them from happening - but it is something to be aware of.

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, goal oriented, social, laid back.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is average for Illinois.

    Food and Dining

    There are amazing little dives in Dekalb. If you are there checking out the campus, you must try Rammy's Sub Contractors.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many different styles of dorms at NIU. Most are sufficient and some are very nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose your classes early, and make sure you use the campus map while planning. Do not fall behind in class more than one day or you will really struggle to catch up.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University has some outstanding professors. The curriculum is challenging and enjoyable. The overall attitude on campus is extremely positive and accepting.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    But their working on it...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    TUGS!

    Bang for the buck

    NIU is alittle pricey...if your between going to a 2 year community college or starting at NIU choose the 2 year. It was save you sooo much $$$$!!

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything!!

    Food and Dining

    There are a few dining choices, but i am a very picky eater and had a hard time finding options that worked for me.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorm! It was like a slumber party everyday!! My roommate was amazing and so were the other people on my floor. This really gives you a chance to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The business school is a very popular choice, but they have a very difficult curriculum. Decide what area you want to get into first and work as hard as you can!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in anything you think might be interesting. Don't be afraid to put your self out there and meet new people. Apply for as many scholarships as possible!!!

    In three sentences

    NIU is a great place to go after community college. There are many scholarship opportunities. There are a lot of ways to become involved!

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The frat parties are INSANE!!!!!! but i find the people in those fraternities and sororities very cliquey. A lot of drugs and alcohol involved in this lifestyle. However they're also involved in community services and intramural sports.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are intramural tournaments of all kinds throughout the year. ( soccer, basketball, dodge-ball, softball, floor hockey) There is a field house were you can play soccer and basketball on a daily basis. The recreation center includes tennis courts, table tennis, badminton courts, and gym center with a lot of the latest equipment.

    Great for these types of students

    African Americans Engineering Major students In-state residents

    What to do for fun

    Al around DeKalb is not as exciting as city schools, but it has its own form of nightlife. There are a lot bars, restaurants, a movie theater, shopping centers e.t.c You can also go to frat parties at Greek Row on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have amazing food at all times of the day. Besides that, there are great pizza places that deliver late.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm is life is quiet, good for studying but boring if you're more social. The food is delicious. Classes are nearby so you don't need to struggle to find parking, you can just walk to class.

    Academic Rigor

    Good Engineering and Technology Programs The teachers are very experienced in their fields. The Library is open till 12 am for students who study at night, The Barsema study hall is open 24/7.

    In three sentences

    Less expensive than the average college cost. Campus life is very quiet during weekdays. The majority of students are African Americans

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food and dining available here is decent

    Dorm Life

    I transferred here so I never lived in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    I felt academically challenged here and enjoyed it

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out what you think you will be interested in studying and check out classes that relate to your interest. Everyone changes their major so do not worry about deciding right away. Enjoy it!

    In three sentences

    I am really glad that I chose to transfer here! I love the campus and how friendly everyone is here and how helpful the staff can be. I would definitely tell others to attend college here.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Many food items available. Also, you are not restricted to dining just where you live. Dining options available about 18 hours/day

    Dorm Life

    For freshmans at Northern Illinois University, money can be a problem. The best dorms would be the ones that cost less and the ones that are located in the middle of campus because it's close to most of the classes.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm going to Northern Illinois University because told me about how great the professors were. The academic life if wonderful and teachers are always available for any typ

    Tips for prospective students

    DeKalb is in the middle of nowhere. Being surrounded by all the corn is sometimes very depressing. Read more: http://collegeprowler.com/northern-illinois-university/#ixzz1tdIcDIoq

    In three sentences

    I am pleased to say although this is a large body of students at this university it seems to be very close nit. The students and staff there have great school spirit and lots of sports.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The Egyptian Theater (in town, not on campus) is gorgeous and has Rocky Horror Picture Show once a month, if you're into that kind of thing. Also, who can forget about CORN FEST? The restaurants, both on campus and around town, are good, as well.

    Food and Dining

    SO good.

    Dorm Life

    Awesome people, affordable housing!

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your major and what classes you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get too distracted by the parties and dorm life! It's okay to let loose every once in awhile, but don't forget to work hard in your classes.

    In three sentences

    Great school! The faculty really cares about the students and helps them to do well. Also, there are some really fun things around town.

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Unfortunately, the crime rate has risen within the past few years on NIU's campus. I would advise students to never walk alone at night and always be aware of their settings.

    What to do for fun

    For fun students can attend the free jazz concerts and choirs that take place in the music building on campus. Also, students can enjoy campus life by attending NIU's football and basketball games. Also, students can find pleasure in attending guest speaker lectures that regularly attend campus for certain occasions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should take advantage of clubs and organizations to better orient themselves. Also, prospective students should make sure they stay in close contact with their advisers. Prospective students should take advantage of the dorms to enhance their college experience as freshmen.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University has a diverse student population. Northern Illinois University has many tutoring resources available for students. Northern Illinois University's location is an hour outside of Chicago.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Being NIU campus safety is one of the most pushed for things. NIU Campus Police is quick, and ready to respond. Most officers are really easy to talk to, and all of them are professional.

    Greek Life

    Greeks are BIG here. Parties happen, but personally I haven't gone to one. I hear they are great, but since they arn't my cup of tea, I tend to avoid them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Most people leave at least once a month to go back home, but as mentioned, there are places to hang out on campus and meet new people in a social environment.

    Great for these types of students

    It really can be great for anyone, you just have to step up and take advantage of the resources.

    Bang for the buck

    Its not as expensive as other schools, and if you get involved on campus, every penny is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The bars around here, as well as the frats get people in every weekend. We also have the House Cafe that has stuff going on all week.

    Food and Dining

    Currently they are under new management, so big changes are being made for the better. The food quality is going up, and they are pushing for better dinning experiences. If it keeps going at this rate, there wont be anything i can criticize them for.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are not bran new, but each one has its perks. It really depends on your floor how much of a community you become, but the Community Advisers (better known as Residential Advisers) do their best to create strong bonds.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of emphasis is placed on sports, so if you are an athlete, you lucked out. If the school focused more on academics over athletics, it would be much better off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus with programs like Research Rookies, and the Foreign Language Residence Program. They are not only good academically, but help you meet people.

    In three sentences

    There is definitively something for everyone. Teachers tend to be nice, and there are tons of tutors available as needed. There are always parties on weekends if you choose to go, which not everyone does.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    great food and reasonable prices. There are many different choices and I like that you can use your school ID as a debit card in many places

    Dorm Life

    I dont live on campus, I commute but I have never heard anyone complain.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are more academically challenging than others but class is what you make of it. As anything you do in life you get out of it what you put in

    Tips for prospective students

    use the rate my professor website before picking classes if given the opportunity

    In three sentences

    i enjoy Northern it is a great school for me. i am a commuter and it is easy to get to and the classes and professors are very professional.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Northern is a great campus to feel safe. There is a constant patrol of NIU police driving around 24/7. Also, there are over 100 emergency beacons around campus in case there is an emergency.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very popular at northern. Northern has 15 fraternities and 8 sororities There is many to choose from. Everyone is very welcoming and close to one another.

    Clubs and Activities

    Thier are plentiful of clubs and activities for everyone at NIU, They range from small meeting in your dorm to being involved in the Greek system.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are into sports,clubs,Greek will have a awesome four years at northern.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual location on campus is the bench located by the tree with the heart.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive but at the same time its the price you pay for the future you plan ahead.

    What to do for fun

    There are many opportunities to have fun at NIU. You can join a sport or a club if that is what your into . Meeting people and socializing is a great way to have fun at NIU

    Food and Dining

    Food is decent and is typically what is expected from a university.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great way to meet people, although it is very expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    Freshman classes seem to be challenging and interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your head up and your grades up. Theres something for everyone .

    In three sentences

    Northern is a great school for freshman to get the feel of living on thier own. Northern brings the academics and lessons you'll need in the future. I am glad to be a huskie.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With any campus comes safety issues, however, if you follow certain basic guidelines such as don;t ever walk alone at night and be aware of your surroundings it is less of a problem.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very prevalent on campus and is one of the main social outlets for students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide range of clubs and activities offered on campus throughout the year. Humans Vs. Zombies is a popular campus wide game that many students participate in. Student often have the ability to work with professors on independent research studies. There are also many volunteer opportunities. I personally volunteered on an archaeological excavation project twice which provided both unique and real world experiences.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for commuters. There is easy access to campus from the surrounding cities. There are a wide range of classes offered so this campus is also good for students with jobs. It is usually possible to create a schedule that makes it possible to keep a steady job.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Located in the center of campus in the student center, the Huskie Den is a great place to relax and play a few games of pool or bowl with friends in between classes.

    Bang for the buck

    It is important to choose classes carefully to get the bang for your buck. I recommend taking challenging classes that sound interesting to each person, although they may not always be easy, you will learn more, be challenged, and have a stronger sense of accomplishment which is priceless.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and volunteer opportunities to join that provide fun activities. Activities are available for all interests.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of food for all restrictions and preferences.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very social and open. Northern Illinois University is a large school and dorm life provides a way for people to meet and interact on a more personal level.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many classes that offer positive academic challenges. Although they may not be easy they teach good study habits, improve writing skills, and give students a strong sense of accomplishment.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't know what you want to major in take a wide range and good variety of classes. I found my majors after taking introductory classes on art history and anthropology my first year and was able to graduate in four years with a double major because after my first year I knew what I wanted to study.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is a large school in a small community, which allows for good interaction with both students and professors. The faculty are are dedicated to their various fields and are an unending source of knowledge. Located just two hours away from Chicago NIU has a unique combination of small town appeal with easy access to the city.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    It may not be mom's home cooking but it's still good. There are many options as to what to eat and where to feel free to switch it up once in a while.

    Dorm Life

    There is plenty of security in the dorms and you get to pick the room you stay in. Try to room with someone you know you can trust and you will get along with. You don't want to spend all your time arguing over nothing.

    Academic Rigor

    There is plenty of support and help. Make sure you challenge yourself some because it's good to have challenges. Don't just take easy courses but try to take at least one fun class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply early and have an idea of what you want to get out of college. As soon as you have a chance to apply for housing and picking a room, do it!! Also, don't be afraid to be yourself and meet new people.

    In three sentences

    It's a somewhat large campus but not too big. The people are welcoming and friendly. They have really good security so you feel safe.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus security is always around and makes it feel really safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can find clubs for everything, there's even Quittich.

    Bang for the buck

    I thought it was worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    There's always stuff going on on campus, sports, frat parties, and a ton of dorm activities. You can always find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't bad, but it's not really that healthy. Though the cafeterias are where a lot of students end up working so they're awesome.

    Dorm Life

    The people are awesome, I spent my first year in the dorms and I loved the people I lived with.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are awesome, but that's not going to stop the classes from being difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy Huskie gear ahead of time, and be sure to attend the football games. Otherwise, make sure you pay attention to your classes because sometimes you get sidetracked with activities going on.

    In three sentences

    NIU is welcoming and full of school spirit. It has such a diverse campus that is great for anyone who wants to attend college. Huskie Strong!

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Get out meet people, with the right group of friends, they'll always have something to do. Being less than an hour away from downtown Chicago has its benefits

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food isn't the best, but once you're out of the halls, you definitely come to miss it. Other than that, the surrounding area food is typical affair of a college town.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms was one of the best times there, its really where you get to meet all new people and forge the friendships that last throughout the rest of college

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure you go to class. As I was told once, college is a game you just have to know how to play it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get out and meet people. Step out of your comfort zone and try new things, it will make your experience that much better.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois is an enigma, you can have the best of times here or you can have the worst. It's really what you make of it, and how dedicated you are to having a good time.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very diverse and friendly.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life is great here at NIU.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is cheap, and you get what you pay for here at NIU.

    What to do for fun

    It depends on what you view as fun. The bars are okay, but the drinks are weak and the people are often belligerent. The Greek life here at NIU is amazing, and will provide you with many opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    Not fabulous at all. Not very many vegetarian/vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are in huge need of renovation and the food is horrible. There is a small sense of community in most dorms, regardless of the staff's attempts at creating a friendly environment.

    Academic Rigor

    There is not much challenge when it comes to the courses at NIU. There is barely any application of knowledge. Tests are made up of regurgitating information that you have memorized, not integrated into your memory.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would only attend NIU if you are looking into a business program. The science here is sub par, as well as the English department.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is a relatively small university in a relatively small city. The facilities and staff are average. Essentially, you get what you pay for.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is getting better, but it took a lot for it to be stressed on our campus. There are police officers at every dorm after 11:00pm, there are police officers always walking around at night, and we have a late night ride service to pick us up and drop us off at all hours beginning at 10:00pm to 7:00am.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life on campus is quite good. The only thing is that the Greeks are not united as one. They are always getting into arguments and fights against one another instead of for one another. They are all so worried about what each other are doing than what they are doing, it causes a lot of problems. Its quite shameful, to be honest.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are few to no activities or clubs for students on campus. There is no where to go and hang out and have fun.

    Great for these types of students

    I am unsure of what is being asked.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is nothing unusual on campus. It is very important that there is a place on campus for everyone at some point in time to feel comfortable.

    Bang for the buck

    I am unsure of what is being asked.

    What to do for fun

    I typically just relax for fun. When I do have spare time, my favorite past time activity is to sleep.

    Food and Dining

    The food is terrible. They always have the same thing and it is very unhealthy. The food that is the most appetizing is all of the fried foods or things smothered in sauce and cheese. They do not provide a wide variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is awesome! I mean it has its challenges, but you can learn a lot about things from living in them.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of the classes teach the same things. It is almost like everything is repeated. Again, the fact that the professors barely speak English does not help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to multiple advisers, if possible, as well as other students and professors for help with your classes. Be sure to read and prepare for class ahead of time. Make sure you are patient and are prepared to be pushed from person to person for help.

    In three sentences

    The hospitality program is not that good. The professors in this field are either burned out or cannot speak English very well. It would be nice if our advisers knew what they were talking about and could actually help us get through all of our courses.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I can walk around the main streets and feel safe at night

    Greek Life

    Im only familiar with the NPHC orgs. They always have something going on and highly involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cole Hall (February 14th) Dont step on the circle when you walk into the library (bad luck)

    Bang for the buck

    It can get expensive but keep in your aid & scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Party. Shop. Party. Eat out. Party. Late night Walmart visits. Party.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright. Every once in a while the dining halls will switch it up, but its the same thing everyday. Stevenson is the best but it gets old.

    Dorm Life

    Living at NIU's residence halls can be annoying. The food starts to get old but thats any college. Its a way to network and find out whats going on in different social groups.

    Academic Rigor

    This is how college really is when they explain it. Some teachers care less if you show up to class, but I was lucky enough to have teachers that care. The work isnt hard your first year the most I had to write was 8 pages.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your heads in your books, and when youre done with that do not go to sleep. Go and explore the university and join some orgs. Get the whole college experience.

    In three sentences

    Its decent, but not the greatest. The people are great, but the partying overpowers the academics. There is a lot to do and one can get thrown off their focus quickly.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    you get what you paid for, plain and simple.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do. There are hundreds of clubs.

    Food and Dining

    food isn't the greatest but it is what it is

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorms. Though the facilities may be old, they offer an experience that I wouldn't trade.

    Academic Rigor

    It offers a wide variety of classes each with their own variety of difficulty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay in contact with your adviser and have financial aid office be your best friend. Always be mindful of your grades and have fun.

    In three sentences

    It is a good school. It offers a variety of courses and majors. The staff is great.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always security and officers walking around. If you dont see those there are emergency buttons just steps within each other so you always feel safe.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do. I promise you'll never get bored if you stay active and mingle.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. Especially Stevenson :P

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is either hit or miss. If you dorm with someone you dont know just keep an open mind. If you happen to not get along with a roommate don't be surprised its not uncommon.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused on academics. Although there are many non-related school activities school is the most important.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. The instructors and staff as a whole are so helpful. I cant wait to go back.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Downtown Dekalb is only a bus ride away and has many shops and entertainment sites available. There are also many sports games and events on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't always the best tasting, but you do have a micro-fridge in your dorm.

    Dorm Life

    Getting along with your roommate may be hard, but getting along with others on your floor is equally challenging. Make sure that you create steady interpersonal relationships with others to make your dorm living less hostile.

    Academic Rigor

    Freshman year can be tough if you don't put effort into your work. The classes are challenging and you must study to earn your grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want to do so you get on the right track right away. Immersing yourself with others from your major is helpful for classes and future work relationships.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is a great school for any student. Its teachers are attentive and helpful and the environment enables learning. The football team is also great, which is a bonus for any college.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police station on campus, less than 5min away. Safety alarms all over campus. Police are often out and about walking around or just chillin. Some are actually pretty cool.

    Greek Life

    There are so many greeks & frats. Some diverse, accepting anyone..some only accept a certain type.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like starts at 400, I think it's a club for all types of people. There are also frats & sororties. & also African American frats.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who like a big campus setting, diversity, being social, ready to put in work to stay there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's this forbidden park in the area, located near the forest. It's highly suggested you don't go there. One tradition is wearing red & black on fridays. & Neptune is the closest dorm to classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Choose classes wisely and if you aren't rich or well off, spend your money wisely. More often than not you might end up in the negative. There's a charge for every little thing, small things. Money is always an issue. Budget wisely. Overall good school though.

    What to do for fun

    For fun some people party, go to the rec, work out, play basketball, join orgs, join sport orgs and teams, go to games, there's always events going on, mingle with people in the Student Center, Neptune Central & Stevenson court(dorms). & attend probates.

    Food and Dining

    Food & Dining varies among each dorm. Good changes are being made to make Neptune better. Stevenson is the biggest aside from the new exclusive dorm. The food is like fast food/restaurant food. Some days better than others. Breakfast/Brunch is usually pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms definitely takes a nice chunk out of your financial aid. I reccommend it for the first year just for the experience. You meet more, people because of the populated setting. Sometimes people's idiotic choices also fall on you penalty wise. Dining halls are a close advantage also.

    Academic Rigor

    The challenge of classes depends on the individual. Some more challenging than others. Best advice is to study and ask for help. All teachers have office hours for you to visit and get help or teacher aids to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused on why you came, which is to achieve success. The more effort you put in, and the greater your drive to succeed is, the better results you will get. Last tip: Party hard, study HARDER.

    In three sentences

    NIU is a school that offers many opportunities for everyone, from speciality classes to an immense list of different organizations. It is a diverse community with some kind of event always going on. From my experience, the teachers have true passion for their work and in teaching you and in you actually learning.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the gym, get free food from events, attend games, party, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    There are options, but can seem like little after being at niu for a long time. There are restaurants if you don't like cafeteria food (cafeteria food here is not like public high school cafeteria food.)

    Dorm Life

    It is very fun. There is a lot of socializing going on. It might be when one realizes what freedom tastes like. The dorms don't look that bad.

    Academic Rigor

    I only visited and did not sit through a class, but I heard freshmen classes were fairly easy. However, I heard this from people that know how to get their work done but still party hard.

    In three sentences

    NIU is a pretty lively school that has many events for its students. It has the college town feel and the city isn't too far away. Also, accommodating yourself here can be easy if you let it be.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    GO GREEK <3

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, football games, some shopping, recreational center, recreational sports and teams,

    Tips for prospective students

    Go Greek, get involved, never go anywhere alone

    In three sentences

    It is a great school that is a median between a larger university and a smaller college.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many places you can choose from in DeKalb and they have a system about huskie bucks and they are good at some of the stores and restaurants in the local places.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are really nice and I am looking forward to being a huskie with my fellow roommates. I also like the fact that they are refurbashing some of the dorm buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    NIU pretty much has everything you need to be able to have a successful career in life.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think that all prospect students should take a campus tour and be able to walk around campus and be able to see, hear, and experience things with there own eyes.

    In three sentences

    I would rate Northern Illinois University a nine. This campus is clean inside and out and I absolutely love the history of the school. Also it seems the employees really care about the students and are eager to have new faces on their campus and most important this college is very affordable and in a great area.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Undie-Run is probably one of the most interesting traditions that takes place on the NIU campus. On this fall-night, a lot of the students meet at a park on campus wearing clothes that they want to donate. At a certain time, everyone takes these clothes off leaving them in their undergarments. After undressing, everyone runs a mile around greek row. The point of the event is to donate clothes to charity, and have a little fun in the process. You do not HAVE to run in your underwear in order to participate, but some people like to.

    Bang for the buck

    Over all, NIU is a nice campus. It has a lot of residential area around it, therefor it is very homely. It is not hard to feel at-home at NIU. DeKalb is a pretty small town, which generally means that the people are very friendly. It is easy to make friends. NIU is whatever you make it to be, just don't forget why you are there in the first place!

    What to do for fun

    NIU has a lot of activities prepared by the campus themselves. You can learn about what is going on for the week through the website or even via facebook. NIU has a campus movie theater with movies that are cheaper than most theaters. Know that these movies are probably out of regular theaters, but it still is cheaper. If you are 21 or older, NIU campus has some nice bars around to go to. Fatty's is a place you can go with your friends, eat some food, and have some social drinks. There are televisions to watch the games, and fun themes to dress up for. Molly's is another fun bar, but is more of a night-club scene. Both bars are very popular in the town of DeKalb. One of the best parts of the NIU campus is that the general outside-area is beautiful. There is a lagoon on campus with some nice trees to read/do homework under. Night-strolls beside the lake can also be beautiful.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good at NIU. If you are one that will be eating in the dormitory cafeterias, you are in for a treat. There are a lot of prepared cuisines for you to pick from, or you can just pick up a side-dish. If you don't want to eat at the cafeteria, there are plenty of places in walking-distance to grab a bite before/between classes!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms can be fun. Usually, everyone on the floors become pretty close friends. In a lot of cases, they become life-long friends. It is important to make sure that you are still able to have your alone-time for your school-work, or even form a study group. If you are one that likes to shower before class, try to get up extra early, especially girls. The showers can be pretty busy in the mornings. Also, make sure you have shower shoes/flip flops to wear while showering. Although the bathrooms are well kept, it is just safer this way.

    Academic Rigor

    Class should always come first. It may seem like a fun idea to go out and see what is going on in the DeKalb night-life. You will regret it the next morning and could get into a regular habit of skipping class Just this once. Stay committed to your homework. Homework is the main key. If you do your homework up to your instructor's standards, you will need to do little-to-no studying the night before tests. You will know everything you need to know just by doing the homework. Do not let homework pile-up either. Assign a time every day that you will dedicate to your homework. This will make your work seem a lot less difficult, and it will be better quality due to less stress of getting it done on time. If there is a class/time/instructor that is filled for the semester, COMMUNICATE COMMUNICATE COMMUNICATE! Put time aside to go into the professor's office during their office hours, or even e-mail. The fact that you took the time to go in and express desire to be in the class will stand out to them. In most cases, a lot of students drop throughout the semester, and the teachers know this. If you show that you care, you could probably get a seat in the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Definitely bring a bike, there are not a lot of places to park(for free) throughout campus. 2. Walk/Bike/Bus to class. What parking is available, is usually taken. You will waste more time trying to find parking and probably be late for your classes. 3. Invest in Huskie Bucks! They are accepted at almost all restaurants, and it's a great way to make sure you're saving your money to feed yourself. 4. Invest in pepper spray. Not just for NIU, but for ANY campus. Although it is unlikely on this campus to need it, you can never be too careful. 5. If you have time for it, apply for a work-study! Depending on the job you get, you could be able to make money and do your homework at the same time! It is time well spent!

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is definitely an education-based campus. Here, you are not seen and classified based on what fraternity or sorority you are part of, but what you have to offer to contribute to the campus and town. It is a friendly campus/town, and easy to feel at home.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Each and every week while class is in session, safety is definitely the topic of discussion. Although NIU has had some major outbreaks, it needs to be said that there are many causes and special events and notifications to students and parents to spread awareness and new ideas to increase safety.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is definitely cherished here at NIU.

    Clubs and Activities

    The list of clubs and activities is endless, I would recommend going to www.niu.edu to check out all of them!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are two memorials and days of honor for two tragedies that happened years ago. It is very formal and hundreds of students and other affiliated citizens come to mourn and remember the events. Special salutes and memorial activities are performed. Also, there are huskie statues placed all around campus, it is fun to try to find all of them, there are at least over 40!

    Bang for the buck

    NIU has a lot of specials online and available in the newspapers, magazines, or on posters. There is always a way to save on food, groceries, movies, activities, etcetera.

    What to do for fun

    Dekalb/Sycamore have a lot to do for fun and entertainment. There is a large swimming pool with two slides and a separate diving pool. There are performing arts opportunities in downtown Dekalb with two movie theaters (one in Sycamore). On-campus activities are very frequent and most often pertain to organizations and special causes. Dekalb and Sycamore have a wide variety of restaurants available, from sushi and thai to Mcdonald's and White Castle. The bike paths are always a nice, athletic choice for those with bikes and the desire to run. There are many more activities available!

    Food and Dining

    There are various food and dining options. Huskie bucks and a meal plan are available to supply a pre-paid amount of money for the week for every dorm cafeteria and any restaurants or stores in alliance with NIU (Huskie Bucks). The food is definitely better than what would be considered the average cafeteria food. There is always a wide variety of choices. From healthy to greasy and fried!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in one of the dorms my freshman year. You only have to live in a dorm the first year at NIU. I stayed in Neptune West. The dorms supply a microwave and mini-fridge, with a nice spacious desk with drawers and shelves, a twin bed that is easily made comfortable with a foam layer and nice sheets, and a nice sized closet that fits larger closet organizers with a top storage for suitcases and other items you do not need out. This was a room for 2 people and each person had all of these amenities. The room is somewhat small, but I, personally, was never really there except to sleep and eat. Dorm floor meetings are held, such as ice cream socials, movie nights, etcetera.

    Academic Rigor

    As expected, the higher the number of the class means the higher the expected work and effort is needed to be put into it. As a freshman, the classes were seemingly easy, in my opinion, however everyone is different. It also depends on what classes you take. Some courses are much more essay based, while others are much more hands-on and short assignment based. Online activities are also to be taken into consideration. Overall, I found that if you put in the most effort no matter what, the course load will be the same, unless the course if directed specifically toward your major, then the course load will most likely always be heavier.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) Never put yourself in a situation that doesn't feel safe. 2.) Never walk alone at night. 3.) If you are of age to drink, be aware of what is in your beverage and if it was already open and where it is at all times. 4.) Pick your classes way in advance, as soon as you can, so you will definitely make it into the ones you need. *This means seeing your academic advisor ahead of time as well. 5.) Bring quiet snacks and water to long classes to keep your energy level at a high and your attention span longer. This will help with your learning abilities- healthy snacks/beverages are recommended.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is a campus that enables hands-on fun and learning to be within the same environment. Easy access to the entire campus, and some off-campus areas (including grocery stores and shopping centers), are provided by the bus system that has various routes. Overall, NIU is home to moving forward, together, forward, when in a crisis we stick together and raise awareness to become better class-men.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Most of the food is okay.

    Dorm Life

    Fun. You will make a lot of friends

    Academic Rigor

    Study hard and you will do fine.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always felt very safe, despite what you hear on the news. Like all college campuses you have to be smart.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many different clubs and organizations for all programs and interests.There's always activities going on throughout the school.

    Great for these types of students

    Far away from home where you have to live on campus, but close enough to make a trip home for the weekend.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is very low for the degree you are getting. A lot of companies recruit from Northern because of their well-known programs

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, different organizations to join, rec center to exercise

    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out the bus schedule, it'll save you a lot of time.

    In three sentences

    Northern has a great business program. The campus is very easy to figure out. There are alot of things to do to relieve stress/have fun.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is getting better. There are people who will walk with you after dark if you need. Also a Late Night Ride service that will take you where you need to go within the campus after dark.

    Greek Life

    NIU has the complete Divine 9 of NPHC. And many greek life within majors. For example there are business fraternities for specifically business majors etc.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for all types of students. NIU is very diversed

    Bang for the buck

    It is definitely worth the money. There are many innovations going on and the campus is just looking better and better with every year.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities, programs and recreational facilities. You can take your pick from working out to juggling club.

    Food and Dining

    NIU does have it's own bakery so the pastries are always delicious. And there is something for everyone in every cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great experience. You learn how to deal with all types of people.

    Academic Rigor

    My majors are Broadcast Journalism and Media Studies and I have had nothing but opportunities to further my knowledge in both majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many people who are willing to help you discover what you want to do with your future.

    In three sentences

    Northern is very welcoming and a great place to network. I'm glad I choose to come to NIU and if I further my education into grad school it will be here.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Usually a ton of social activities every day. Never a boring moment.

    Food and Dining

    Stevenson has the best food.

    Dorm Life

    Never room with friends. It can ruin your friendship.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live every moment and develop memories.

    In three sentences

    Plenty of big lecture halls. Dorm food sucks. Apartments are expensive.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Delta Zeta <3

    What to do for fun

    Spend time with other people. There is a new rec being built and tons of restaurants close to campus!

    Dorm Life

    Find a dorm with air conditioning- you will regret it if you dont!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not dorm in Grant.

    In three sentences

    I believe that Northern Illinois exceeds in the expectations of anyone in the Education program. They are well organized and dedicated to their students. Northern has experienced quite a bit of heartache and it has only created 1 strong loving community.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Whether you are into sports or watching plays, Northern Illinois University never has a dull moment. The amount of clubs and organizations provided nobody has the desire to go home on the weekend. NIU has the perfect combination of students to make sure you get the full college experience.

    Food and Dining

    Between the multiple cafeterias on campus nobody goes hungry. If you like meat or need a frappe to get you going in the morning, Northern Illinois offers it all. There are also numerous restaurants through out the are for even those special occasions.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are incredible. Forget about the stereotypical dorm life you hear about in horror stories. Northern Illinois dorms are kept up to date and no one goes unsatisfied.

    Academic Rigor

    The standards at Northern Illinois University are set high. They expect the maximum amount of effort out of us students and the professors push you to the limit. After graduating from NIU nothing can hold you back.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend an orientation and your world will never be the same. Everyone is extremely helpful and courteous. You get the taste of a big time school in a great area.

    In three sentences

    As a transfer student I wasn't sure what to expect from Northern Illinois University. After finally meeting my advisors and touring the campus I have never been so excited to start school. With a degree from NIU, the sky is the limit.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety measures are in place. Call for a ride program ect.

    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Bang for the buck

    Classes and fees are about $1300 per 3 semester hour.

    What to do for fun

    Chicago is a short drive from Northern Illinois. I've been bowling in Dekalb. I don't know what else to do.

    Food and Dining

    I have not heard any complaints. My friend said the food in the student center is ok. You can pay $6 dollars and get a plate of food.

    Dorm Life

    I hear dorm life is good.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are very challenging. A lot of group and collaborative work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Contact scholarship office for new scholarships often.

    In three sentences

    Great school for education. Professors are connected with the real world. Technology is accessible.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are several panic terminals around campus for when you need someone in a hurry. The school also offers a late night ride service for when you need to get back to the dorms as well as a walking escort service for when you walk back in the middle of the night.

    What to do for fun

    Anything. There are block parties, pizza parties, and just special treats that will be advertised throughout the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The best food is found in Neptune dining hall. Otherwise one should stick to the sandwhiches and fruit found at the other halls.

    Dorm Life

    You get to make new friends and enjoy the freedom of living on one's own.

    Academic Rigor

    Students are eager to learn and teachers are more eager to teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its helpful and social to attend many of the activities that the campus offers. You'll meet many new friends and have fun participating in the festivities.

    In three sentences

    NIU is a big school with many students. However, the faculty makes an effort to help each student and the school offers many activities to help students. Overall NIU is a school that loves it's students to progress and succeed.

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Go greek!! woo!

    What to do for fun

    Be outgoing, make friends, and just do events around school. Don't sit in your room and act shy. Get out and have fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be worried, it's fun. Just make sure you have your financial things in order, because me and some people I know that also go here have had issues with financial problems.

    In three sentences

    It's a good school, most people are very friendly and helpful. I've personally had some financial issues though.

  • 09/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    From late night ride services to 24/7 police NIU offers very efficient safety !!!

    Greek Life

    Fraternities and sororities are looked upon and essential and beneficial to one who may seek brother/sister hoods and life long commitments.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and organizations have something that'll fit every person interesting in brother/sister hoods , networking and bonding great relationships!!!

    Bang for the buck

    NIU will give you an amazing platform to benefit from along with your effortlessly strengths and motives !!!

    What to do for fun

    From sports to movies its all wrapped up and meant to have every personality dig in for fun ! There's ton of activities to engage in to have your super tired by the end of the day !!!

    Food and Dining

    freshman 15lbs definitely hit me !!! but I was able to reach for the more healthy food instead of a burger everyday ! so many choices to chose from.

    Dorm Life

    I made the best out of dorm life. It was in reach of friendly, funny , caring people !!!

    Academic Rigor

    College can be so easy or hard depending on what you put into it. always set time for school work and as well as relax time. make sure things are fairly balanced to your needs. strategics are essential!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure about the direction you plan to take with your career so that you can have guidance in the right areas. Be attentive to your schedules and layouts of your current years to attend. Be mature and sure !

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is a school of success. NIU is a family based school meaning all students are treated equally and giving a home felt feeling. NIU strives off academic success and wants careers for all !

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The only downfall of Northern never walk anywhere off campus after 11pm by yourself I shouldn't have to write a review on safety that sentence alone should let you know, Always stay on Campus.

    Greek Life

    The highlight of Northern, There are kids who go to northern then there are kids who go greek at northern. I am a Greek which is the best decisions I have ever made besides coming to college. What ever fun you think your having Greeks are having that much amount of Fun x100 what ever you do on a weekend that what Greeks do on a weekday, Got to NIU and Go Greek

    Clubs and Activities

    So many Clubs couldn't possibly list them all with out missing a few.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to go Greek. Nerdy gamer types Business Majors Engineering Majors Psychology Majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a legit academic Castle on Campus, And we have an Event/ Tradition Called Tugs Extreme Tug of war. And tailgate Season

    Bang for the buck

    For instate yes its a cheap university with a Big University atmosphere, defiantly worth the price of 12,000. Out of state kids might want to rethink other potential schools

    What to do for fun

    Defiantly look into intramural sports if you love physical activity. The party/Social scene is pretty good, Not to mention the concerts that roll through town like Dayglow, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifam and etc. There always plenty to do at Northern

    Food and Dining

    Northern has plenty of great eateries for anyone with vast taste from Chinese to thai. For the residents the dorms dinning hall are among the best. Stevenson offer a variety of foods from Cheeseburgers to buffalo chicken wraps. Not to mention the mornings where they serve Skillets, Waffles. and French toast, Other places Like Dog pound Deli Puts Subway and Jimmy Johns to shame that will keep you coming back, also places like the new residence hall and Neptune are all you can eat buffets.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty fun for first years alot of time spent socializing on the floor with other residents. Northern tries to get rid of the image of Dorms by calling them residence halls. That simple little touch does make Northern feel more like home.

    Academic Rigor

    Northern Is a great school and the Professors are very week educated in there field of study. Also there is tutoring available. If your a business major Northern is probably one of the best schools for business.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join Greek Life, get involved in programs. Don't go home every weekend, and talk to everyone you meet and exchange numbers with them. Think of Northern as a big little school, a lot if people know each other but there are still so many people to know. Also stay on top of studies and don't get caught up in party scene too much, remember your hear for a reason

    In three sentences

    One of the best decisions i have ever made in my life. I'm a proud Husky, and I'm very proud to call Northern Illinois my Home.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You could get involved in on campus activites, oranizations, and also visit the gym.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! You have a variety to choose from. Nothing like high school food!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is sweeeeet! You can choose where you want to live. Each dorm has unique features.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel as if NIU helps and gives me the right classes that gears toward my major!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are physically and mentally prepared for the own you r, taking control of your life feel.

    In three sentences

    NIU is a great campus to live on! They have different opportunities to keep you involved on campus. The campus is safe.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety has been an issue for years but local police and campus police have really started cracking down. A new police station was just built nearby campus as well.

    Greek Life

    It's a pretty big deal at NIU

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities, the possibilities are endless. There's truly something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, fun students willing to meet new people and learn will enjoy NIU

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Visit the lagoon and the library. Be careful at the library: if you step on the NIU logo at the entrance, you won't graduate on time.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheaper than most Illinois public universities!

    What to do for fun

    NIU has plenty of on-campus events. Looking for parties? NIU has a big Greek system. The town of DeKalb has some interesting places to visit as well. Check out downtown for some quirky shopping.

    Food and Dining

    I have not experienced food and dining

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in NIU dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    NIU is a big school with lots to do, but many people don't take advantage of that and don't even get to know their campus. Wander around, check out the buildings and landscape. Join clubs. And for pete's sake, go to events. Get involved with your college experience.

    In three sentences

    NIU is a big school with many opportunities. Huskie Pride is a real and big thing. Be proud of the typo.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's decent. I suppose there's karma when it comes to this. If you're going to do illegal stuff, it's not going to be surprising if something hit back, illegal responses or the cops.

    Clubs and Activities

    Some of the clubs do need better leader or just more participation from the members. If you feel like you can improve it, then chances are you're what the club need!

    Bang for the buck

    It's only as worthwhile as you make it. So if you want a really big boom, then make that boom!

    What to do for fun

    There's all sort of things. Some needs more help finding then other, but it does exist.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't give up. Don't be discouraged. It's not too hard to succeed, and you don't need the support of those who seek your defeat.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is one of those places that can be whatever you want it to be, 'only' if you put the effort into how you want it to treat you. It's not that hard to make it a party place or a place where all of your dreams come true. However you do need to be committed to your goals and actually take action in order for it to happen.

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    parties

    Tips for prospective students

    If your mature enough and feel like you could be out on your own this university is the lace to be. The class rooms are much bigger than a community college

    In three sentences

    I believe that my career here could be very promising, i say this because Northern Illinois University is a great school. They have numerous amounts of programs to help better their students. I think i would be very successful if had the chance to attend this school.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Its like any other campus, there are many students, many ethnicities, many opinions... There will always be some sort of crime, but its nothing too big. There are always cops that you can talk to if you feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    There are many frats and sororities to choose from. It looks very good on your resume because they volunteer with various businesses around campus. Also, you meet many new people.

    Great for these types of students

    Shy, athletic, outgoing

    Bang for the buck

    Its a GREAT school with great programs and its worth its money! I am giving it 4-stars because dorms ARE expensive! If you live in an apartment on campus, its totally worth it!

    What to do for fun

    There are discounted bowling games for students, an area where you can go play games, a campus cinema, and many speakers and events that you will learn valuable info from! For the people that are over 21, there are bars that are open 7 days a week and have very good deals on drinks!

    Food and Dining

    Building the new residence hall has come with a new food court! There are many options to choose from (hamburgers, fish, spaghetti, fresh salads, etc.) and it is very clean and organized!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very fun! You meet many new people, and you always have something to do! I'm giving it 4-stars since you DO share space with someone!

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers try to make some of the material difficult, but this is college! If it's not difficult, why would you be paying for those courses?! For example, I took a Geology class (and I am a communications major) to fulfill a science requirement. Thinking it would be easy, since you learn mostly about rocks, I was very wrong! Not only did I learn TONS of new info about the communities we live in, but I learned INTERESTING info of how our rivers and oceans formed. It definitely wasn't easy, but to this day, I remember things and compare them to everyday facts that I hear!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in student groups ASAP because you learn many valuable information. You not only learn how to create a resume, speak to potential bosses, but you also hear upperclassmen share their experiences in their job-seeking process. Most importantly, you MAKE CONNECTIONS!

    In three sentences

    Northern offers students a chance to explore many different majors and classes. Advisers help you find an internship you'd like to try in order to see if the major you picked is right for you. Finally, there are so many opportunities to get involved, that it would be ridiculous not to!

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus is very safe, but always travel with a friend after dark. Pepper spray is a good idea. Freshman year I left my car parked near a school building overnight and my driver's side window was smashed in. They took my iPod and scattered my bag and books in the bushes nearby. The campus police who handled my case very kind. That being said, there is some crime in bad areas of Dekalb. Use common sense and keep yourself out of unfortunate situations. I have yet to be mugged or shot.

    Greek Life

    I can't really comment as I've never been a part of it! I have friends who participate and seem to enjoy it. I see it as a waste of money but that's my personal opinion.

    Clubs and Activities

    I enjoy attending galleries hosted on and off campus. I am not affiliated with any specific group or club.

    Great for these types of students

    Art, Music, Business, Law, Language, Education

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dekalb hosts a lot of holiday related events, as well as a lot of free activities (ESPECIALLY for students). We also have the Convocation Center where there are a wide array of events: anything from music performances to science festivals.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to college is expensive, period. Dekalb is a very economical school compared to other colleges. Although not especially prestigious, Northern Illinois University has important alumni and a very dedicated fan base. You will feel like a part of something much bigger than yourself. I love it here.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of groups to join. If you can think of it, there's probably an organization or a club already for it already. Dekalb has a decent nightlife as long as you follow general safety precautions (don't drink out of cups you leave around at parties etc). Pretty standard college antics I'd say.

    Food and Dining

    Dekalb has a lot of food to offer! And if you feel like driving an extra ten minutes Sycamore has even more options. Anything from chinese to mexican to fast food to home cooked, we've got your stomach covered.

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on where you stay. Some of the residence halls have great student dining... Don't even get me started on the newer dorms. They were just build and are absolutely stunning.

    Academic Rigor

    I find Northern's coursework to be anywhere from relatively easy to challenging depending on the subject. I take a lot of art classes so the subjects a bit subjective to me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get a dorm room to yourself, even if it costs extra. There's nothing like trying to study next to someone blaring music you find distasteful. Learn to do basic things for yourself if you haven't already. Laundry is a necessity. If you bring your car to Northern, brace yourself for parking nightmares.

    In three sentences

    Northern is a great school with lots of diversity. The school is a thriving network of professionals and students. The campus is beautiful, too.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many different clubs you can get into. Always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    Many varieties to choose from whether its the food you want to eat or the resident hall you choose to eat in.

    Dorm Life

    Very active and sometimes noisy. Always friendly and talkative.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are harder than high school classes. You have to pay attention and make sure to ask your professors about the work you are struggling with. Professors are helpful when you approach them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard for your exams. Keep up with all class work. Choose your classes wisely for each semester. Make sure you get scholarships to help pay.

    In three sentences

    Very active in sports and organizations. Much do get involved in throughout the campus. Campus life is very exciting and adventurist.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Yes. I feel the tuition is in line with the educational experience.

    Academic Rigor

    If you attend class daily and follow the syllabus, you can keep up. Take lots of notes in class and during any reading assignments. I find the academic rigor challenging but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even if you are unsure of your major, work on getting those Gen Eds out of the way early. Speak with students already attending the school to find out the ins and outs of campus life. Research scholarships online because there is money out there to help support your educational needs.

    In three sentences

    A very welcoming school that goes out of their way to help you succeed, even as a non-traditional student. I find the theatre program exceptional. As a commuting student, I find the campus easy to get to.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hookah bar... Hang with friends... Bowling... Arcade and many much more

    Food and Dining

    Many choices

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. Look up professors on rate my professor.com before picking classes.

    In three sentences

    It is a nice campus with friendly people. It gets a bad rep but its a good university.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have quidditch!

    Bang for the buck

    Great price for such a great school!

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of clubs, just join in with your classmates!

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of dining options, and plenty of 24 hour places close to campus. All of it is affordable and healthy.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of my classes have been great, with wonderful teachers. I personally feel that I could be challenged more, and am joining honors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your advisor all the time. Keep up your grades, and join honors if you can. One extra class a semester for a fantastic record.

    In three sentences

    NIU has a great student body, a wonderful faculty, and amazing resources. I feel that I am earning a fantastic degree. I am worried about the crime rate here, which is my only concern.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I think NIU gets a really bad reputation because of the crime that has happened on campus, but as you walk around you will never not see a cop walking around. They are everywhere in their cars, or on foot. I think students need to be more careful when walking home by themselves. The crime happens in the early mornings and the victums are usually alone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any kind of club you could think of NIU has.

    What to do for fun

    I like to hang out with friends on campus. It is really important to find a sorority or frat, club, or sport that you would enjoy doing to get involved with the campus. The kids who just go to school for parties will not get the full experience out of college.

    Food and Dining

    I have had a couple of the dorm foods with friends before and I do not think they are as bad as people say that it is. Most kids are used to their parents home cooking and thats why I think dorm food is such a shock to them.

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay in the dorms because I communted last year and this year my dad said that I could when it was too late. I have heard horror storys from some people and I have heard awesome things from other people. The main thing is to get along with your roommate at all costs. Do not try to step on each others toes or your semester will drag.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the teachers at Northern are really accommodating and as long as you do as your asked there should not be a problem. A lot of kids get into drinking and partying and it is important to really pay attention to school work because it is easy to get behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to use the buddy system on campus. Always stay on the positive side college can really bring people down and it takes a strong person to be able to overcome it. Do not room with a best friend although it may seem like a good move you never really know someone until you live with them.

    In three sentences

    I like Northern Illinois University. I think it gets a bad rap because of the things that have happened at this campus, but I think people need to realize crime happens everywhere. I think people should give it a chance.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a hook up and break up bench here.

    What to do for fun

    To really enjoy your experience here get involved with the school!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining here is pretty good. Each hall has something different for you to try and each day they have some variety.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great if you want it to be and to do this you must get to know all of your floor mates and participate in the activities.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot is expected of all students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who are thinking about coming here should get to know former students and come visit the school qand make good connections.

    In three sentences

    NIU is a great instituition. Here, everyone is kind and willing to help if you need. The classes are challenging, but it gets you to be mentally aware.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NIU campus safety and police department works well in making sure students stay safe. We have alert polls where students can press if there is an emergency all around campus. We also have huskie patrols which are students who can walk with you if you need them to when its dark out. The police also waits inside the dorms starting at 11pm unitl 6am to check and see if non-students are trespassing.

    Clubs and Activities

    NIU offers over 100 organizations to get involved in. Some can be chosen by your major, ethnicity, or other aspects.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a location where the words Forward, Together Forward are engraved to build excellence to let students know to continue to strive no matter what comes their way.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a website for student employment so you can always apply for jobs. The NIU campus also offers various opportunities to find a job on and off campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of things to do for fun around NIU. There's always a sporting event going on so going to the games could be a refresher as well as bowling in the student center or getting involved with the campus activities crew and putting together your own activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is great as well. NIU offers a variety of food in buffet, all-you-care to eat style dining, as well as a food court option and grab-n-go options. Healthy options and vegetarian options are also available. I think they do a good job in promoting better nutrition for students.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great! NIU residence halls gives you an opportunity to meet new people and get involved in your dorm. You can become a Community Advisor which gives you the opportunity to build your leadership skills and you can also volunteer to do tours for your dorm. NIU is also upgrading their residence hall and just built a new residence hall that I reside in and is renovating others.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major. Most of the general education classes are simple, but some are going to be tough. NIU offers a ton of tutors and resource centers to help you stay on track. The teacher assistants and graduate assistants also do a great job in making sure every student has academic success.

    Tips for prospective students

    NIU is one of the second largest universities in Illinois and the tuition can be expensive but there is always financial aid and scholarship counselors to help you. I would just tell you to budget correctly and try to look at the more important things. I would also tell you to get involved on campus. NIU is big on campus involvement and volunteering and improving your leadership skills can take you a long way in life.

    In three sentences

    Northern is a very diverse university. They really thrive to meet the needs of the students. NIU has top professors who go above and beyond to meet academic needs of students.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun I hang out with friends at their dorms. I play on women's rugby team at NIU. I eat out with friends. The football games are the best. There is always something to do on campus. You just have to be alert and ask around. If you are a part of an organization then you will be invited to many fun things.

    Food and Dining

    My favorite dining halls are Stevenson and New Hall. They have the most variety and a choice for vegetarians. If you get tired of eating at the dining halls, there are many fast foods and restaurants around including McDonald's, Burger King, IHOP, and many others. Also, you can take buses to places like Buffalo Wild Wings or Apple Bee's. There are many choices around campus that you can choose from which seems to please everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Specifically, I live in Neptune on an all girls floor. In my opinion, the girls are very friendly and my CA is the coolest. I get along with my roommate very well and we agree on most of the same things. If you get stuck with someone you can not deal with, then make sure you get that fixed right away by speaking with your roommate or moving somewhere else of your choice. You do not have to deal with them if you do not want to. The people are very friendly and there is always some kind of activity going on. So, if you are thinking of trying it, then go for it! It is great.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are as hard as you make it. They are definitely a challenge but that is why you have to try extra hard in order to get the grades you want. All the resources are there, use them and you will be fine. You definitely have to study a lot more in college if you are not used to doing so in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If students want a friendly environment with easy to make friends, then NIU is for them. As long as they get involved on campus then they will have a great experience. However, if you just sit in your dorm all day and go to classes then you should not really bother dorming. Get involved with the community and you will see that you will not regret your choice of coming to NIU. Go Huskies!

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is so alive and friendly. There are always people who will go above and beyond to help you out. I am no longer scared of the college life after finally experiencing it for a semester.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is good and they have a variety of restaurants in the area.

    Academic Rigor

    I really don't know about the academic rigor because I don't go to the school yet.

    In three sentences

    I think Northern is a great school for young people. Its a good environment and its also a school where you meet a lot of new people. I plan on attending this school in the fall and it would be great.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    it is some what safe but always be in a group because out here it is very dark

    Clubs and Activities

    the sororities and others

    What to do for fun

    bowling playing ball at the gym volleyball

    Food and Dining

    some food is good on the campus but you will get tired of it so be prepare to buy other food that are located on campus B

    Dorm Life

    its okay, it will be fun as long you keep yourself occupied

    Tips for prospective students

    have money ready before you attend

    In three sentences

    it is a expensive university to be in-state school they have good sports and events you can attend

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you are unsure of a major, try to find a class that will help you discover who you are and your likes and dislikes.

    In three sentences

    Meets my current educational needs. Not overpriced. Welcoming to a non-traditional transfer student!

  • 12/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

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    In three sentences

    I am an online student in a graduate pathophysiology course. It has been very time consuming and self-directed. The instructor provides a great deal of knowledge, but the student must be self-motivated.There are no attendance requirements as many students have never addressed questions or topics in the blackboard classroom. It has been challenging but rewarding in knowledge.

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    5 Stars: I give campus safety the highest marks because it's a very safe environment here. There is plenty security on campus as NIU has its own full-time police force that has the same powers and responsibilities as any city or county police force. There are also Community Safety Centers in each residence hall staffed with officers. Access to the dorms are controlled, one can request an escort for late classes through Huskie Student Patrol, there is Late Night Ride Service anywhere in the DeKalb area (no questions asked) and for those who have cars and drive there is Motorist Assistance. Security is definitely top-notch!

    Greek Life

    Practically all Greek organizations are represented on campus, a total of 36 social Greek organizations, and over 200 clubs run by students that let you get involved with the group of your choice. Being a Freshman, I have not expressed interest in any organization at this time.

    Clubs and Activities

    4 Stars: There are so many clubs in which one can join and activities that appeal to any level of interest such as sports clubs that represent all sports, ethnic clubs representing Blacks, Asians, Latinos, Lesbians, Gay, Native Indians, etc. There are several activities in which to participate such as organized sports for women and men, working out in the gym, bowling, concerts at the Convocation Center with mainstream artists, movies and so much more.

    Great for these types of students

    The very hard working, studious student, the bold confident student, the shy student and any types in-between can find their niche at NIU and feel comfortable with themselves just as they are. This is true primarily because NIU appeals to students from all walks of life; it has close to 30,000 students from all over the world so you are bound to find your connection.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well on most campuses the fight song is a main tradition. But at NIU, the fight song is known throughout campus complete with words and visuals. During Homecoming week there is a Yell Like Hell tradition which is a combination of yelling and dancing that student groups take part in to promote team spirit. A gargoyle statue located in the garden of Altgeld Hall was struck by lightening after the first NIU graduation ceremony. A year later, lightening struck it again so it was moved in fear of its safety.

    Bang for the buck

    5 Stars: The best bang for the buck at NIU is the education itself as several of its college programs such as the College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Education are consistently ranked high in performance by prestigious publications Businessweek U.S. News & World Report, Crains Chicago Business. Also, NIU ranks in the top third of PayScale.com College Return on Investment Package which measures what you pay to attend versus what you get back in lifetime earnings.

    What to do for fun

    There are a variety of activities you can participate in for fun offered by the many clubs such as the Water Polo Club, Horror Club, Sports Club, parties hosted by Greek organizations and clubs, on campus bowling, concerts at the Convocation Center featuring the nation's top entertainers, plays and great theater, musical performances by music majors, etc.

    Food and Dining

    3 1/2 Stars: There is excellent food in many places you can eat throughout campus offering a wide variety everyday so you�������¢����������������re never bored with the same thing. The dining halls feature salad bars, buffets, sandwiches, something quick for those on the go, full-balanced meals offered a-la-carte as well as the all-you-can-eat dining facility at Douglas Hall. The Dog Pound Deli is one of the most popular spots because you can get made-to-order sandwiches on fresh bread and also dessert. The food on campus is very reasonably priced and many of the off-campus restaurants offer students special discounts.

    Dorm Life

    4 Stars: Dorm life is a beautiful thing because you are living on your own and I learned fast that you also have to balance that level of freedom with responsibility. Each dorm has its own lounge, recreation center, laundry room and computer lab making it very convenient. Each dorm also has its own unique atmosphere but there is a camaraderie among students that permeates the campus regardless of what dorm you live in so it's all like one big happy family anyway. There are special activities in each dorm that you can get involved in and you meet a lot of really nice people, though some are not as nice as others. However, you learn to be tolerant and get to experience what it is like living with another person other than a sibling or family member. It's both rewarding and challenging but so is life and this is what college is preparing me for.

    Academic Rigor

    4 Stars: The philosophy or learning in college is much different than what's experienced in high school so making that transition can be difficult at first. You are acquiring book knowledge combined with life lessons such as discipline. There is no hand-holding like in high school and at times you feel like you are on your own completely without any support. But the instructors are great and there are counselors and tutors to assist through the transition. The learning experience is challenging and engaging and relevant to life's lessons. My favorite class is Philosophy.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that you attend one of several detailed orientations offered throughout the year and take a tour of the campus during the academic season while school is in session fully to get an idea of the ambiance and energy of the campus. Come with an open mind and a list of questions you may have because the first visit can be an overwhelming experience and you will find yourself forgetting some of the questions. Take a tour of the campus and make sure you visit at least one room in each of the dorms.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University was my first choice for college and I am having a wonderful time during my first year here filled with challenges and learning experiences. NIU is the second largest university in the state, very diverse and contains everything you need to complete a 4-year degree. Our football team, the Huskies had a great football season and as such is the first MAC team to earn a Discover Orange Bowl Championship Series berth...Go Huskies!

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun I write music, hang out with my friends, and go to events at my school.

    Food and Dining

    The food at NIU is okay. You might get tired of eating the same things.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very fun because you get to many new people.

    Academic Rigor

    My grades are good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are going to office hours. Study Study an go to every class.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois is a good school. You get to meet all different type of people at NIU. The professors are very helpful an kind.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police is always.

    Greek Life

    Different types of programs.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the rec to work out, go the frats and sororities organizations.

    Food and Dining

    Their food is nice and sometimes healthy.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm keeps me warm and I have space to walk around.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes that are taking can help you become a better student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go into the Chance program, it can help you to become a better student.

    In three sentences

    This school helps students alot in the Chance program. They help you with school work. They help learn how things are right.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    All of the athletics are free for students and a blast. There are also a good amount of club events that go on all over campus at all times that are a blast to attend.

    Food and Dining

    There is a good variety of food around the campus and if you ever get sick of the campus food there is a ton of places to get food in the area.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life in the Stevenson Towers is amazing. The rooms are great, the bathrooms are always clean, the washers and dryers are fantastic and easy to use, and the environment is just very welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be tough, but in the end most teachers want to see you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as early as you can, and make sure to apply for scholarships as early as possible.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois is a great university. You can just tell that they really care about their students and guiding them to a path of success. Not only do they go out of their way to help you find jobs, but the environment is great.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You will see a police officer on duty around the campus or in the dorms

    Clubs and Activities

    They are really big on getting involved around campus

    What to do for fun

    You can go bowling in the Huskie den and you can play pool. There are some parties that go on sometimes. You can also go out to eat and catch a movie.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good! Just eat right and exercise and you will not gain that freshmen 15

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fine. Do not listen that rumor about dorming with your friends. If you feel that it is going to be a problem then feel free to live with a new person. But be prepare to talk about certain things that you will want to happen in the room. If there is not clear communication, then you guys will not get along. Oh yeah the community bathroom with gross you out. If you living with all girls like I do, they bathroom may not every stay clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Nothing is perfect but there are some teachers that can really help you make it throught their class. But if you do not use the people around you then you will not better yourself. The staff can only do what they can to help you so help them help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do not know what you are majoring in, it is okay. You can take the time to look up information about the many different programs that the University have and make a choice then. Do not feel bad about switching your major. Do what you feel is right for you.

    In three sentences

    It is a place where if you need help, there are many people there who are willing to help you. Take the time to look in to the many options that they have and take that and learn from it. Do not be afraid to ask any questions that you may have. No question is every a dumb question to the students or the staff.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can work out, go to sport games, go to clubs and organizations, or hang out with friends. there is a lot to do but you have to seek out the opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, but it really does depend on where you eat. There are multiple residence halls that all serve different food, some will also be similar. It's college food so maybe after a month you will miss some home cooked meals.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life isn't too bad. Some residence halls are with stand-able to live in. There are new residence halls, renovated ones, and old ones, and the prices do vary.

    Academic Rigor

    I think the classes here are a bit challenging but depending on your leveled course, but there are some course like electives that can be really easy, it depends on the class I'll say.

    Tips for prospective students

    Northern Illinois is a pretty average school. When I say average, I'm not exaggerating, it's average across all subjects; girls, guys, dorms, food, college life, but this is just my opinion, college is what you make it. NIU has a lot to offer, it depends on what you are looking for.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois is a pretty average school and average when it comes to everything. NIU is also more affordable compared to other universities within the state. NIU is not that hard to get accepted to as well.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are NIU police everywhere! They drive Toyota Prius's, which many students find humorous. And to contrary belief, they are pretty lenient. If you are scared to walk home, they will personally walk you to wherever you need to go. If you are going out on the weekend, they have Late Night Ride, which will take you to and from your destination, no questions asked. And if things do get out of hand, or someone gets hurt, the NIU police are trained as EMT's as well.

    Greek Life

    There are over 36 Greek organizations. Even though NIU just got a bad rap for their Greek system, don't let that fool you. The Greek system has core values, each different from each other. When you rush, you find the organization that's right for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to do on campus, all you have to do is look for flyers and ask around. From Helping Hands, to Anime Club, Model UN, even Human vs. Zombies, there's something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    NIU is for everyone! We are a diverse community, and we are tolerant of everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step on the NIU seal in the Founder's library, or in the presidential room! If you step on that seal, YOU WILL NEVER GRADUATE! If you are skeptical, go ahead and try it. But if something prevents you from graduating... you know where you went wrong.

    Bang for the buck

    It all depends. If you are in a financial sting, definitely apply for as many scholarships as you can. Nobody wants to have to move out because they can't pay their bill.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 200 clubs, which are all led by students, and there are over 36 social Greek organizations. Needless to say, the only thing you really have to do is step outside of your dorm and see what's right for you. Even if you don't leave your dorm, they still have things going on! Dorms often have movie nights, sporting events, get to know you events, and more. You just need to look!

    Food and Dining

    To be truthful, the food is pretty good. Granted, it's still college cafeteria food, but you'd be surprised. They offer a variety of meals to vegans and meat lovers alike. Surprisingly, they seldom repeat the menus. Nobody is ever going to go hungry, and with the different rates of meal plans, there is something to suit everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Whether you live in a cluster like me, a tower such as Stevenson and grant, or a building such as Neptune and Lincoln, there is always something to do. All it really takes is a meet and greet with floor mates. Nobody ever has to be alone.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't too hard, depending on your major. It's very different from high school in the sense that your on your own. There are no reminders when things are due, but when you get everything done on time, it's very rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as you can, and apply for financial aid. Nobody wants to be struggling to go to school, and if you have enough scholarships, you can get paid to go to school!

    In three sentences

    NIU is a great place for academics and activities. The university always has something going on, so nobody has to be bored. If you get homesick, it's close to home.

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not too bad, I have felt pretty safe. They are building a brand new police station across from campus.

    Greek Life

    Very big on campus

    Great for these types of students

    People that don't want to deal with long/time consuming commutes to and from Chicago.

    What to do for fun

    Bars, outdoorsy stuff, local history, not extremely far from major cities.

    Food and Dining

    Not too bad. Good selection of restaurants in the area and nice little places here and there.

    Dorm Life

    I don't have any experience with this.

    Academic Rigor

    You get a decent amount of homework, but you learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Commuter paces make parking easier, but parking isn't the greatest. Rent is cheaper in surrounding cities and the areas further away from campus are nicer/quieter.

    In three sentences

    Great teachers and good price compared to other universities.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have to say the campus police, judicial system does the best work on their job! I'd give them a 9 but they deserve a 10 for their quick process!

    Greek Life

    Hate it :( Rating a 1, because a lot of the Greeks here are racially bound.

    Clubs and Activities

    I do a lot on campus, Normally with Black Student Union, or Forensic Debate Team, or Trio. I'll give Clubs here a 10!

    Great for these types of students

    Greek Life for preppier kids, Techno Club for the Nerd-er kids, and Forsenic Team and Debate for the serious kids Like me :) A 10 for rating!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Probates are new to me, the whole hazing thing is unusual to see. But nice to have a laugh. A 5 for rating.

    Bang for the buck

    Not quite sure what that means, but if it was food, I'd like to see it on campus! I'd give a try a 10!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus, but not a lot to pick from If you do not substance abuse. It be great if there were a cinema or a 1 bowling day on Fridays instead of the parties. A 5 is my rate for student affairs.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great, just need to spice it up or change it up. Gets a bit tiring. A 5 for my rating.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life could be awesome if there wasn't so many rules in place. Often also when I be in my room, the ceiling would leak. Staff are very slow on repairs. Through personal experience, they did not take full intent with picking roommates. A 5 is my rate for student Housing.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic process here is very crucial, because If you are not on stand still that's good enough they make it a business to send you home. Very good, though, has nice instructors and facilities to help out. An 10 is my rate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and make the university home, there are big opportunities here to get used to but there are also big distraction to get used to, just have to know the balance. 10 is my rate.

    In three sentences

    I rate Northern Illinois University a 10 on academic performance. I rate Northern Illinois University a 7 on student affairs. I rate Northern Illinois a 5 on student housing.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police have gotten excellent reports from top government agencies in their efforts in the town especially since the shooting in 2008. The men and women in uniform here know how to deal with students and also they use a judicial affairs system instead of sending students to the city police. It's better that way the students wouldn't have issues on their record permanently.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life on campus has a lot of support from the students. The events on campus they put on are very promoting of unity and expression.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and activities around this campus. They cover everything from academic clubs to Quiddage (Harry Potter game). Even if a student didn't want any of the myriad of clubs on campus there is still the choice to start your own and make an impact!

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for any student who really wants to be away and isolated from there usual surroundings. The town offers that and it helps the student make a connection and gives one a new start.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a rumor that if you fall in the river here you will most likely live in the town for life.

    Bang for the buck

    Again this town not just the university has many hidden gems. Example would be several of the professors who are researchers and assistants to some groundbreaking technology, language and linguistic research, as well as non-profit development.

    What to do for fun

    The community has bars for those who are of age, and there are other little spots where folks can get together and listen to music like the House Cafe, if not the campus has plenty of organizations and activities that can give one that much needed social capital as well as some fun.

    Food and Dining

    The dining program here employs mostly students and serves quality foods. All dining areas have lists to show diet needs and allergens. The community also offers a variety of unique restaurants, ice cream shoppes, etc., and for the not so financially adept there are many pantries, and programs that are available so that no person will starve.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms here have been remodeled and there is also a brand new dorm that has just been built with everything a new student needs from exercise to study halls and of course good eats. This campus is quickly becoming state of the art.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what classes you take there is everything from easy A to intense. The best programs here I feel are in the foreign languages, business, and music.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to be about your work because the same pitfalls you see here will be everywhere.

    In three sentences

    This is school that has many hidden gems but with patience, initiative, and a positive outlook, I'm assured that anyone would be able to make a positive impact on their life. The community, school, and area are all special and it brings together the whole concept going away to school.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    I think NIU is a great school. It has a lot to offer students. Everyone is really helpful.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I've heard great things about NIU. It looks like a great school to attend. I'm planning on visiting.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I usual sit and eat breakfast but I take breakfast to go now.

    Bang for the buck

    If you plan to live in the dorms use your dining hall bucks and keep your money in your pocket. Try eating out less

    What to do for fun

    Get involved with the greek life, make new friends and go to some parties, and go to as many events as possible

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to college with a clear mind and remember that this nothing like high school.

    In three sentences

    NIU has a variety of clubs and organizations on and off campus. From a scale of 1-10 1 being that I hate it here i would give it a 7. NIU have great classes and reasonable professors

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not too safe.

    Greek Life

    Not crazy but can be fun

    Great for these types of students

    Nowhere else to go or dont care.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    NIU Tugs look it up on youtube. extreme tug of war.

    Bang for the buck

    They get you with hidden fees everywhere

    What to do for fun

    There is very little to do besides party and work out. Campus gets very windy and cold and its a long walk to get anywhere.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good for a few weeks but then it starts getting old but overall great for a college.

    Dorm Life

    I had a great roomate but I am the only one I know who is and a roomate makes or breaks this.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers are good most are just ok.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come and visit a friend here and get to know what campus is really like instead of just what they show you which just happens to be to good parts.

    In three sentences

    Northern seems great at first but dont listen to the tours. There is a ton of crime, partially because of the chance program and partially because there are projects a 3 minute walk from campus. While the parties can be fun NIU is the fourth most dangerous campus in the country for a reason.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I personally don't think you get the full bang for your buck. I pay a lot for room and board and feel like I don't get what I pay for.

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with the people on my floor and a few other friends. There is not much to do in town. There is a movie theatre and bowing alley.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent but eating the same things all the time can get very old. I also wish there were more healty options eating salads is about all they have for healthy food.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in Stevenson and it really needs some updating and new things. The bathrooms are old and gross looking and the paint is chipping in the rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The program I am in is really good. I feel like I am learning a lot and the professors enjoy helping you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to take a campus tour and talk to students that are already in your program.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is a good campus. I love most of my classes and most of my professors. The school could use some updating and could be more safe.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As long as youre not doing anything stupid and youre smart about your choices youll be fine...as with any college campus

    Greek Life

    There are many different greek organizations you can join. I have no interest in joining these so i cant tell you much

    Clubs and Activities

    I suggest joining clubs and taking part in the many available activities. most are free which is a bonus. Check out the jiu jitsu club

    Great for these types of students

    great campus for any kind of student. there is a large diversity of every type of student on campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Watch out for Thirsty thursday whether you drink or not there will be lots of people out and about. Be smart

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do at the campus recreation center and huskie den. Also take advantage of the many free events on campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Use Available student facilities because youre paying for them anyway. Put yourself out there and join some student organizations or clubs

    In three sentences

    Its a nice campus with great teachers for the most part. The campus is very long and windy especially in the winter months. It has nice facilities for students

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't wonder alone at night, stay in groups on the weekends. Walking is nice, but don't make it a habit. Use Late-Night to get you to your destination.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is great like any other school! Just be safe and know your limits and DO NOT give into peer pressure.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football games are great to attend!

    Bang for the buck

    Buying books for classes will hurt your pocket unless you talk to people around campus or even use social networks. It works and TIME management will save your life.

    What to do for fun

    Join any clubs, organization's, don't be afraid to talk to people about joining. Apply to be a CA your freshman year.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is GREAT. You will catch that Freshman 15 unless you use that gym!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here can be good but only if you interact with people and get involved on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is very wordy with classes and you can't slack off at all here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off, stay on your A game. Many opportunities for scholarship money. Don't be in a rush to buy books on campus.

    In three sentences

    It has a great student organization feel. The living in the dorms are very nice compared to other schools I hear from. The student events get a lot a attentionm from the students.

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step on the crest on the floor at The Founder's Memorial Library or Altgeld hall!! Legend has it you won't graduate on time if you do.

    What to do for fun

    Every weekend NIU offers activities for students; whether it's a dance show, Frat Attack week, a movie in the park or a party at the rec, there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Freshman 15 is no joke! With a 24 hour IHOP right around the corner from campus and weekly meal plan money, you're sure to put on some weight! The food isn't mom's home cooking but it gets the job done.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls on campus are a lot of fun! You get to meet others from different countries, and interact with grad students who live on your floor! It is a little challenging getting adjusted to the tiny rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    If things are easy for you, you're not doing something right. You are expected to struggle in class sometimes and that is when you seek help. There are numerous tutoring opportunities on campus that are FREE!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the campus, ask questions and network! Networking is key at this university.

    In three sentences

    NIU is a community, and a family of sorts. We come together as one and the voices on campus are powerful. It is my first semester and the University has already had a positive impact on me.

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is great.

    What to do for fun

    Bars

    Food and Dining

    Not much besides fast food in this town.

    Dorm Life

    Bathrooms are all in the halls.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the teachers just don't care. There are some great professors but you need to search to find them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in Sycamore. It's nicer, and safer, and only a 5-10 minute drive to DeKalb.

    In three sentences

    Great professors, terrible campus and terrible town. No student activities in town unless you're greek.

  • 03/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a few places to go to if you want to have a good time. There's a huge bowling alley available for many people. The amounts of clubs often partake in various activities around the campus that anyone can get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and there are many places to go to when you want to eat. When you enroll, you get a choice of a meal plan for the dining halls you can go to. The dining halls offer many choices from healthy vegetarian foods to handmade supreme toppings pizza.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Lincoln Hall at this moment and it hasn't been too bad. The only issue is the other residents who mess up the floor and gets everyone else fined for pranks. I'm okay with the no surveillance but something's gotta be done when no one respects our Community Adviser.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are often attempting to teach us something new, but sometimes you may get a professor who doesn't realize that they are doing a decent job at teaching you lessons. You would still learn something if you paid attention and got involved.

    Tips for prospective students

    During your first year, use the university's website to find a job. Check the website for the amount of clubs available for you as their are bound to be a few that peak your interest. Make sure to figure out your professor's office hours so that you may chat with them whenever you need to.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is a big place and thus it attempts to accommodate many of its students. There are many clubs and groups for students to take part in. It is also fairly safe as they have working security and police officers on duty.

  • 03/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    ALL!

    Bang for the buck

    As far as universities come, NIU is relatively inexpensive. I have never once regretted my decision to come here.

    What to do for fun

    Bars Movie Theatre Bowling Alley Pool Hall Amazing dining!

    Food and Dining

    While it isn't gourmet or homecooked food, the dining at NIU is great. There are dining halls all over campus, which all specialize in different things. Some of the specialty foods they make are so good that I actually crave them!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at NIU really depends on the type of person you are. I don't like the idea of dorm life in general, because I appreciate my solitude at times (especially when I need to study). However the facilities are really nice, and incredibly secure. Good overall.

    Academic Rigor

    The administration can be a little lax on the academic rigor. It's really what you make of it. If you want to get the most out of your education, you are able to easily do that here though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the University Honors program here! They are a great resource if you qualify. Also, take the time to check out all of the areas of study they have to offer. I've been here for almost a year and I'm still finding out about new departments or programs.

    In three sentences

    An absolutely wonderful school. The professors are all knowledgeable on their respective areas of study and are more than willing to go the extra mile for students. The school also has a burgeoning social and extracurricular aspect to it.

  • 03/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    niu police and patrol all over.

    Greek Life

    wasn't a part of it but i've gone to a few parties.. weren't to fun..

    Clubs and Activities

    not very many.

    Great for these types of students

    quiet non social type.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    finding all the huskies on campus and in dekalb is fun. Watching the humans vs. zombie games.

    Bang for the buck

    Walmart is close and open 24/7

    What to do for fun

    not much to do.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is gross..

    Dorm Life

    I live in New Hall currently, its not all its cracked up to be. Over priced for no reason, the internet connection is terrible and the elevators are always broken.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose this school if you like country living and like quiet areas.

    In three sentences

    If you like quiet, simple and plain then NIU is the place to be. It is not a party school and there is not much to do. Academic wise its fun.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are cops all over campus, but there is still a bunch of crime that occurs.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students wanting to get a quality education, close to home and cheap.

    What to do for fun

    There really isn't a ton of stuff to do in DeKalb, there's a few good bars and restaurants, but not a lot of nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to eat around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms, but from what I've seen of them, they weren't that great compared to other schools I've been to.

    Academic Rigor

    I definitely feel challenged within my major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan your schedule well, the campus is long and can take a while to get from one end of campus to the other. Be safe when traveling at night--there have been some shootings and robberies, but if you're careful, you'll be fine. And if you commute, you don't have to buy a parking pass, there are plenty of places to park for free.

    In three sentences

    As a music major, I don't journey outside of the music building much, but the school from what I've seen is a good one. It is cheap and you get a good education for what you pay for. There are a lot of scholarship opportunities to fund your education.

  • 04/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Fatty's is the local hangout and trivia is the best Wednesday night you will ever have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize your advisors.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is an excellent choice for any perspective college student. The Colleges of Business, Education, and Engineering are very well staffed and provide an excellent college experience. The proximity of the city allows for both a small community feel within NIU and the big city life as well.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very good security. I feel so safe at this school

    Great for these types of students

    all types

    What to do for fun

    Kick back with your friends on campus, Ihop, movies,BWW

    Food and Dining

    food is very good,but make sure you stock up on food in your doom for later on in the night,so you wont spend so much time eating out

    Dorm Life

    make sure to pick the right doom, some of them can be not clean,but there are people there that you can tell and they will make sure whatever it is ,it gets fixed or cleaned

    Academic Rigor

    they have great tutoring classes, if you need tutoring in a certain subject, and I like the way you are emailed personally by your Advisor and you are able to respond or get a responds anytime you want

    Tips for prospective students

    try to get to know all your Advisors, so in case you need them, you know who they are,find something that interests you, so that you don't get bored, meet people,so this is college, you want to look back and remember the time, you wont get this time again,:). and just remember work comes first,play comes later. stay focus,stay positive, the things you learn today ,will have a very good affect on where or what you may become or do later on in life

    In three sentences

    Northern has very helpful advisors. It has alot of different Programs that you can attend, and they have alot of resources for students to get all the information they need

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police respond to situations and alarms very quickly. However many people think they are a joke.

    Greek Life

    Be picky! Don't settle for less than your worth.

    Clubs and Activities

    RHA and any other organization.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lord Stanley's is a very laid back bar that is a good place to hang out and relax with friends.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved, that's close to the only way you will have fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is 90% of the time gross. It's very unfortunate.

    Dorm Life

    I only score low because I have been an RA for three years and I have had a horrible experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved right away to get the most out of your experience. Also, do not live in new hall!

    In three sentences

    Northern is a great university if you plan on getting involved and making connections. However, if you plan on just going to classes, you won't like it here as there is not much to do if you are not involved.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Literally scary. So many types of criminal activities. You are stupid if you participate in any.

    What to do for fun

    Always some kind of activity going on right outside the dorms. Any sport you can think of, LARPING, tug o war, paint ball teams, and more.

    Food and Dining

    For college, it is amazing. Many different types of food to eat. Each dorm has daily specials. This is one of the activities that really brings students from other dorms together.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is terrible. Drug control is poor and many criminal activities take place without any attempt to stop them. Each dorm is very different and extremely divided. Hard to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Overall, the work you put into your classes is not reflected by your grades at all. Many teachers grade very strictly. Tests are even curved against you sometimes to help the grad students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are majoring in mathematics or any need any math classes under Calc 1, i would not recommend this school.

    In three sentences

    NIU is a very well-rounded school. I feel certain areas are weaker than they are advertised. Education is suppose to be a large focus for this school, yet many of the teachers are actually grad students trying to achieve their masters.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Rec center Bowling Lounging Parties Swimming

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, have fun, be safe.

    In three sentences

    It's very diverse and the different options of activity and fun are all around.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NIU police are everywhere, always. They love to give out tickets, so be careful when driving and watch where you park. Crime still happens occasionally, but on campus is usually safe. The police respond quickly and send out alerts whenever something happens. People also patrol the campus is groups of two or three during the night, and the dorms have security from 11 PM to 7 AM.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is good for those who are interested. There's a rivalry between some Greeks and non-Greeks, but most people don't care. Greeks do a lot of activities on campus, but there's a lot of obligations if you decide to join a sorority or fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of different clubs you can join, from juggling, to modeling, to quidditch. There are tons of things to do, and if there isn't one you want to join, you can very easily create a new club.

    Bang for the buck

    Paying for college really sucks, but NIU is pretty cheap compared to some universities. Take advantage of things that are cheap or free while you can, like the bus system. Buses are free to use. Why pay gas money when you can ride free on the bus. But cars are still nice for convenience when you need them.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much around here, but the campus has cheap bowling, pool table games in the student center, there's a couple pools on campus, the rec center and field house have different options for exercise/sports, and there's a few other things in town. Downtown Dekalb (near campus) has a few good places.

    Food and Dining

    They have decent food; some places are healthier than others. A few dorms offer unlimited dining plans (which is cheapest) and others have weekly budget plans (unlimited, $60, $90, and $110). Lots of options, and many restaurants take Huskie bucks, money on your id card.

    Dorm Life

    Each person will have a different experience in their own res hall. Some res halls are much nicer than others. They just reopened Gilbert to seniors and juniors, they renovated Grant, and they built the New Hall. Try to get along people on your floor; it'll make the experience much better.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the class and professor, some are harder than others. Stay on the professors good side and he or she will be more likely to help out if you struggle in the class. Most gen ed classes are fairly easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do you work. Do well during your first years because once your GPA falls, getting it back up will be very difficult. If you want/need any scholarships, keep your grades up. But don't forget to have fun, too.

    In three sentences

    NIU is a great school and has a lot of different majors and minors to choose from. It's decent priced, but the financial aid office can be a little difficult to deal with if you have any problems. As long as you try to do well and don't slack off too much, you should do great.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    sports, bowling, campus recreation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to put your best foot forward. NIU graduates have great job prospects.

    In three sentences

    NIU is a very diverse school. The students have very great personalities. The school has very high standards.

  • 06/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    I find the tuition to be very reasonable. However, the room and board seems to be quite expensive.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police is always around campus

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great if you are into that type of thing

    What to do for fun

    Going to campus activiites is a fun thing because there are always parties.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not bad at all depending on the dorms you get your food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great depending on where you live it is a very nice way to meet different people.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the load it can become very rigorous but with the help on campus it is very easy to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go there with the mindset that you will succeed and you can no one can hold you back but you. But you can succeed if try.

    In three sentences

    I think that NIU is a great place to start a career and a lot if people there with intentions of helping great school with a diverse community.

  • 06/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    We walk around campus, or go to the rec center.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great.

    Dorm Life

    I stay in a suite, so its nice.

    Academic Rigor

    I only been there a week and I'm already on my third essay.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find Schoalrships if you can.

    In three sentences

    I love NIU. The dorms are nice. The teachers are cool.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Huskie Den for bowling, pool, and video games is a great option! Another popular choice is going to the sporting events because they are free to students.

    Food and Dining

    For it being residence hall food, the food is actually made with good quality.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the residence halls for three years and loved it. It gives you an opportunity to meet other students on campus and get involved in different events/opportunities.

    Academic Rigor

    I have had a successful experience with my academics thus far at Northern. The professors here work very hard to ensure students are learning!

    Tips for prospective students

    Practice time management!

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is a vibrant school located about an hour from Chicago. It is a public institution with approximately 23,000 students. It's a great school.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lots of security around campus

    Clubs and Activities

    Meteorology club

    What to do for fun

    Cookouts, attend games, dorm floor activities like bowling

    In three sentences

    Top knowledge university in meteorology Very helpful tutors Very close campus not spread out

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Dining in Stevenson Hall was by far the greatest in my opinion with the ability to wrap your food for later consumption or to just take it back to your room. Great variety of food from grilled hamburgers and hotdogs to italian beef to pizza to stir-fry to salads and mashed potatoes and country fried steak. The dining was also very reasonable to the student who has the $60 meal plan per week.

    Dorm Life

    Having spent a year in the New Hall dorms, I found it enjoyable. Living with sixteen people while still having your own room and only sharing your bathroom with one other person was great. Many group movie nights in the common room were held with a lot of popcorn eaten and many laughs laughed.

    Academic Rigor

    While I am enrolled into the biology program at NIU focusing on cellular and molecular biology, I have found the teachers very knowledgeable, understandably demanding, resourceful, and fast paced. A lot of information is taught is a fairly small amount of time per week and lagging behind is a very awful idea.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can go to the Huskie Den and shoot pool or bowl. You can also get on the bus and go to the movies and go to the restaurants that is around the area. There will be parties on Fridays so that will be another thing that you can do for fun. They also have step shows that are really fun to go when you are with a group of friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but it is always the same things just on different days! Sometimes you get sick of dorm food and just want a home cook meal but they are always something different to try.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can become very comfortable once you get settle in but, if you live on a all girl floor be aware of the dirty bathrooms and having fines because they don't know who broke something in the study room or took the cable cord. Also some of the dorms don't have AC so bring a fan. The nice thing about it is, the heat works in the winter time when you need it the most.

    Academic Rigor

    Nothing or nobody is perfect! With that been said, the teachers try to help you the best way they can but, if you don't take that time and get the help that you need then you will not understand what they are trying to teach you. Your G.P.A is what can get you ahead of the other students that are there so try to build that up as high as you can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you pick classes that is in your major. It is very easy to fall behind if you don't work on the classes that leads you towards your major. I have a major in mind. It is hard to really pick classes if you don't know what you really want to major in. Party hard but study harder! The party scene is fun but if you focus on that more than going to class and actually doing your work, then you will fall behind. Go to class! Trust me it is not fun when everybody is in class and you are just in the room. It is nothing much to do in DeKalb so just go to class in bare the 50 minute or hour and fifteen minute classes.

    In three sentences

    The University don't really offer enough scholarships for those who are in need of it. The learning environment is very basic but there is help around when you need it. A lot of different people around to help you feel that you are at home and make you feel comfortable while you are away from home.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Gamma Phi Omega

    What to do for fun

    Sports: Recreation center, field house. Explore DeKalb/ Sycamore. Greek Life Volunteer

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind. Ask questions. Explore

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is a growing university with many opportunities for its students. It is an institution that offers a variety of resources for networking. Also, it is a good escape from the city life.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have heard a lot of really bad things, but I haven't had any problems in the year that I have been there...just avoid the bad parts of town or walk in a group.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love small, farming towns with too many people and not a lot to do except party.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Commuters get the best parking on campus, but try to avoid the parking garage it is DANGEROUS (crazy drivers who are texting or not paying attention or speeding). Make sure to get there early if you want good parking. Exploring is how I found great study/quiet spots.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of thrift stores in downtown Dekalb, but the goodwill is awful. There are also tons of bars and resturants, and lots of things to do on campus depending on your interests.

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat on campus very often because I commute, so I usually pack my own meals. But, so far I haven't had any bad food.

    Dorm Life

    I do not know, I have never lived in a dorm but I hear that it is pretty bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Stay focused and organized and anything is possible. Teachers and students are willing to help, you just have to ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to everyone, counselor, students, family, and friends, there is knowledge to be shared as well as helpful hints. Tell people you are interested in NIU and you might learn something that you would not have know other wise, like the best place to eat, park or study.

    In three sentences

    NIU is located in a small town, filled with good people, food and shopping. The students and staff are very kind, inviting and helpful. It is also great for students on a low budget, transfer and commuting students.

  • 07/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never had a problem on campus in four years. However, there have been multiple incidents in the last four years on campus or near campus that concern me for my safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    Since there is not too much to do in the NIU area, I recommend getting involved in a club on campus. It will keep you busy and help you grow your resume!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    NIU has a beautiful lagoon with a bonfire pit and nice sidewalks. This is a great place to go hangout if you are bored.

    Bang for the buck

    I recommend living in an apartment rather than a dorm. The dorm prices are more expensive.

    What to do for fun

    NIU is in a very boring area. The town around NIU has the regular stores like Walmart, Michael's, Kohl's, and McSports. It has one nice frisbee golf course. It has one average movie theater. There are a few nice bars on the NIU campus like Molly's and Fatty's. A lot of students under 21 go to the frat parties.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food at most of the dorms is unhealthy. There are some healthy options at Stephenson and Neptune. I have never gone to eat at the New Hall.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm experience completely depends on which dorm you live in. At NIU, the dorms include: New Hall, Lincoln, Douglas, Grant, Stephenson, and Neptune. The New Hall was just built in the last year and I've heard it has amazing accommodations, but at the most expensive price for any dorm. Stephenson and Neptune are comparable as far as quality of the dorm room, but Neptune is in the best location out of all of the dorms. Douglas and Lincoln look exactly the same on the outside as the inside. I do not remember their prices, but I suggest going with the cheaper of the two if you chose that style of a room because they are the exact same. I would say Grant is the worst dorm because the rooms are small. However, they just remodeled part of Grant so you might want to get more information about that dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I think the academics are average at NIU. They are not too difficult or impossible, but they are also not easy. Some of the general education courses are easy, but all of my important courses and courses for my major were at the right level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are prepared to walk in all different kinds of weather situations. The NIU campus is wide open without any trees blocking any weather conditions, such as: rain, hail, sleet, snow, etc. Always walk together with another person or a group of people. The campus and the surrounding area is not very safe.

    In three sentences

    NIU is a standard academic institution with several majors. It provides an average quality educational experience. It should not take more than 15 minutes to walk anywhere on campus.

  • 07/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone would fit in here

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, sporting events, bars, parties, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say just stay focused on your classes and remember your goals!

    In three sentences

    I can't wait to start here. I've already heard so many great things and met a lot of cool people. I think Northern Illinois is starting to compete in many areas as one of the top schools in Illinois.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Northern is a very safe place to be. There are always cops around if you get into any trouble. They also have buttons around campus to press to reach anyone for an emergency.

    Greek Life

    I am not in a sorority but a lot of students at Northern are. If you are a person who is very family oriented and love working in a team Greek Life might be for you. You will become a family with the people you rush with and that is a great opportunity to not only meet people but do great things to put on your resume.

    What to do for fun

    There are always tons of outings that go on at Northern. I loved going to the football games to support the players because we always won! My friend's and I would go to the bowling alley sometimes and that was always fun. There is always something to do is all about meeting new people and learning how to network.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many food choices in the residence halls. My favorite dining hall was Stevenson because everything is al carte. I don't eat a lot so it was good to only pay for what you ate because you saved money for the rest of the week.

    Dorm Life

    Being in a dorm is one of the best parts of college. I made some of my best friends with just the people from my floor. You can any age range and gender to help you with anything. It's a great way to make friends and give you the experience of living on your own.

    Academic Rigor

    I think the classes at Northern are challenging but nothing too hard to do. It's all about managing your time and getting to know your professors. If you are falling behind in classes always talk to your professor right away to see how you can get back on track.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is just like high school; nothing is incapable of achieving. Remember that you are in school to learn at the best of your abilities. Schedule your time right and if you need help with anything always go to your professors.

    In three sentences

    I rate Northern Illinois University a 10 on a 10 point scale. It is the perfect size for a university. Everything is walking distance and they offer a wide range opportunities.

  • 09/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of fun things you can do on campus, it's all up to you about finding that fun thing to get involved in. There are over 300 organizations so you will definitely find something. The student handbook has a list of all the organizations available on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is great the first few weeks school starts, but once those few weeks pass, you eventually get tired of eating the same thing everyday. If you don't exercise daily and eat three meals a day because of the unlimited meal plan, you can gain weight fast. The food is pretty good though and in certain halls, there is a side that serves something different daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay for the most part. Sharing a room and bathroom isn't as bad as it appears. Keeping communication open between you and your roommate is very important however. If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend and you want them to visit for the weekend, run it by your roommate first so they won't feel as though their space is being invaded and to make sure they're comfortable with having someone else sleep over.

    Academic Rigor

    NIU is very rigorous with academic criteria. Your professors expect a lot from you as a college student and it is expected of you to study and be prepared for quizzes as well as exams. Writing good essays is also a big expectation. You will develop communication skills in writing and verbal participation in most of your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to check your student email and blackboard to stay connected with your professors and assignment due dates, exams, and other academic tasks.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is a very diverse university. The people and faculty are very friendly. There is always something to get involved in on campus with.

  • 09/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The main thing to do is get involved. There are over 200 organizations to get involved with on campus and they all help students build friendships with others. We have an amazing football team and last year I even got to go the Orange Bowl to root on our Huskie football team!! There are concerts you can attend, and other great things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is average dorm food. The basic fried foods are in easy supply and it is up to you to eat healthy. It is easy to eat healthier if you diet correctly and alternative food are available.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are in the process of renovation and they just built one new great facility for students to live in on campus. Also they have refurbished one of the original residence on campus and its beautiful!

    Academic Rigor

    This school is a great place to go but keep in mind you are primarily responsible for your own education. This is a bigger school, so make sure you plan attentively to take enough credit hours each semester, stay focused, get involved, and get your money's worth when going to this school!

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at this school if your interested in going to an affordable public university in Illinois and still able to gain life changing opportunities as an undergraduate student. This school is conveniently located in Chicago land area and has ample opportunities for students to learn, grow, and socially network with alumni, faculty, staff, and with other students.

    In three sentences

    I love NIU! This school has large 4 year University size opportunities but is small enough where you really get to connect with faculty and students on campus. This school has great opportunities for undergraduate students including participating in researching with professors, study abroad, and getting involved.

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Niu police patrol the campus regularly, to stop any crimes that take place on the campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very serious on this campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The football team at Northern is really good.

    Great for these types of students

    Northern is great for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Northern has a kissing bench and a break up bench.

    Bang for the buck

    Northern is a great school, almost everything is free for the students.

    What to do for fun

    If you are in need of fun you can go to the recreation center or sports events. all of the things on campus is free to students or require a small fee.

    Food and Dining

    The food at northern can get tiresome. The menu does not change as much, but the food is good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is excellent. I have had a lot of fun in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is fairly challenging, but there are more than enough resources on campus to help you that are free to all.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to come to Northern be serious about all your work, even if it seems pointless.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois is very interesting. I had to learn a lot of things on my own to make it through the current time that I have been here. Overall, Northern is a great school.

  • 10/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is actually one of the reasons I chose to go here!

    Great for these types of students

    Working professionals who want to advance in their career.

    What to do for fun

    They have some great teams...football! Volleyball.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know b/c I am a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    The graduate studies are quite challenging!

    Tips for prospective students

    Great value for the cost, and so many online classes can save you gas and time so that you can do much of your degree from home!

    In three sentences

    Northern offers great ways to complete your degree even if you are working! The professors are very approachable and interact with us students. On the graduate level the class size is very impressively small.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    During my campus visits I have come to realize that there is a food place every where. They are good places and usually cheap.

    Dorm Life

    I am excited to live on my own and meet new people. My friends who attend NIU tell me that sharing a dorm with someone is a lot of fun and something to be excited about.

    Academic Rigor

    Even though I don't know how the classes will be, I assume they will be as difficult as any other college course.

    In three sentences

    Northern is a great school with a beautiful campus. I plan on attending next fall and I have visited the campus many times and each time I go I love it more.

  • 12/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NIU is pretty safe. People get hurt walking around at night from time to time walking back from Greek row, but we have a lot of emergency boxes and the police drive around at all times, so I have always felt safe around here.

    Greek Life

    I have know quite a few different people who were part of a fraternity here and they liked it a lot, people I know from other schools look down on our frats because the buildings are cheap, but they do the same activities here and students still have an academic life here. I live in an apartment near Greek row and it's usually quiet on a Sunday.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different kinds of clubs and activities for students and it is really easy to make new ones if your dream club doesn't happen to exist here.

    Great for these types of students

    NIU has a lot of different organizations and activities to do, it is great for basically any kind of person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The business building Barsema is open to students all hours of the day so you can find business students studying there around the clock. I know more than a few students that have been known to take naps in the building or stay there until 5 or 6 in the morning. I myself spend 10 hours there on a normal day.

    Bang for the buck

    NIU is a great return on investment. You can get the same jobs as people from any other university, but you could pay half of what someone paid for one of the more expensive colleges.

    What to do for fun

    Hanging out with people and going for fast food and to Walmart is just about all you can do. Some people feel restricted by this, but we always found some kind of movie or game to play.

    Food and Dining

    Most people didn't like the food, and I liked some of it, but it was hard for me to always find things to eat because I'm a picky eater. The dining hall also closed way too early.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a lot of fun, it is easy to make friends and to spend a lot of time with them. There aren't a lot of places to study quietly though in the dorms and if you like to have time to yourself it can be pretty difficult for you. It is nearly impossible to get out of the dorm contract and this can be a pretty big problem for some students. A lot of people hate the food, but I loved it, it was fun to hang around with everyone in the cafeteria.

    Academic Rigor

    General education courses are pretty easy, but upper level courses are a lot more challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't buy a mac computer, especially if you go into the business program, they make it pretty difficult for you to succeed. Do well in your first two years, those are the easiest classes. Consider your major carefully, it's okay to change you mind if you find something you really love or find out the major you chose isn't for you.

    In three sentences

    Northern is a welcoming and diverse place where things are always going on. The academics are pretty strong, especially for business students. The teachers care about you and it is easy to make friends here.

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is super safe. They have pretty high security in the new buildings. Also all of the resident halls have and officer assigned to it.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is really popular here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    If you really like to try new things, this college is for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of our main buildings literally looks like a castle.

    Bang for the buck

    They do a lot of activities for the students so they do not get bored. You also get a lot of free stuff!

    What to do for fun

    Watch the football games!

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good it just gets boring after awhile.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm I am staying in is Grant C and it is really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard but hey, it's college. There are also classes that are super easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as much scholarships as possible!

    In three sentences

    I would rate Northern Illinois University really high. Overall its a pretty good school. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many organizations you can join here at NIU. There are many activities you can enjoy if you are not looking into joining an organization. The student recreation center has many things you could do. You could play tennis, exercise, play basketball, badminton, and more. There could never be a dull moment in your college life if you don't want one.

    Food and Dining

    The food at NIU is excellent. Especially at Neptune, Gilbert & Stevenson dining halls. Whichever meal plan you choose, you will love it.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm. It is located in the center of campus, and it is extremely close to all of my classses.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not easy...at all. It is very possible to pass your classes if you are aware of your grade, and keeping it up to where it needs to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always stay on top of your work and studies. I am currently going through the process of a low GPA right now, because I fell behind in my studies.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I hang with friends!

    Food and Dining

    We have good food, I just wish our hours were open later tan 7 pm.

    Dorm Life

    My first roommate was problematic, so I am bias to dislike dorm life, but it's really not bad if you have a good roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the music program and am being highly challenge, which I love.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use your weekend time to your advantage! It may be great to relax on the weekends, but remember how stressed you are during the week, and get some of that workload taken care of on your saturday and sunday.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love this school. My teachers are incredibly talented and passionate at what they do. For anyone looking for a great school of music, this is the place to be.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    don't mind being on a big campus where you don't know a lot of the people

    What to do for fun

    go to recreaction center or just hang out with my floor

    Food and Dining

    need to change up the food and make it better

    Tips for prospective students

    study more than ten minutes for a test. use all the resources given to you. go to every class.

    In three sentences

    provides a lot of opportunities. not always very helpful. a nice campus

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even though off campus it can be kind of dangerous, on campus is very safe. They have police all around and you always feel safe walking to your dorm or car. They make sure that the campus is safe for students to roam around.

    What to do for fun

    I like to go to the library and study because it is nice and quiet. Also, there are so many restaurants around that my friends and I love to go to. During the Fall and Spring, it is nice to sit outside and study.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is really nice. You have a lot of choices to choose from. During holidays they make holiday dinners which are really nice.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm. However, I have friends that live in New Hall and it is a great place to live. You have your own room and share a bathroom with one other person.

    Academic Rigor

    I love going to school here. I am always excited to show up to class and learn. These professors make their lessons interesting and exciting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you study and read the textbooks. Do not cram for tests and be well prepared. Don't be afraid to ask for help because the professors will help you.

    In three sentences

    This is an excellent college to attend. The professors are clear and very helpful. I have had a good expierence here.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports events are the number one biggest get-togethers on campus. Fans go all out and it's a great atmosphere to be in. If sports aren't really your thing then there multitudes of clubs to join, if you can think it up then there is probably a club based around it.

    Food and Dining

    With six different dining halls, food is never too far away. Most dining halls are in an All-You-Can-Eat style buffet line so the food flows quite well. There are vegetarian options. healthy options, pretty much anything you can think of you can find it here and you can find it deliciously.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at NIU are incredibly active, every week there is something new going on. I've seen a crate stacking competition, night after night of movies in the lounge, and even a Quidditch tournament. Friends are easily made and kept.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I have taken so far have been wonderful. I've experienced everything from an easy just show up and get an A class to a Boy, you better be prepared to stay up and study kind of class. I think the classes have a perfect balance of ease and challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    One big tip, other than the obvious Do not slack off in studies, is absolutely do not be afraid to be active in the community. Whether it be interacting with people on your dorm floor or heading to a pep rally before a big game, just get out there. The more you do and the more you see life that much better

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois has been a home away from home to me. I've only been here for a few months but I would not trade the experience for anything. Amazing classes and amazing new friends have been my first taste here and I am excited to see what the future holds here.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very serious. Thanks to the Northern Illinois cops and the Dekalb cops, there is not much crime here.

    Greek Life

    Although I am not part of any sorority, the Greek life seems to be pretty exciting looking from the outside in. They do not only throw parties, but they also host step shows for those who just like to watch like me.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs to join at NIU. Walking to and from class in the summer was informal because of the chalk writing on the sidewalks informing me about all the different clubs and activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A great place to check out on campus would be the music library. They have a wide selection of records that can be played in booths with record players. If you are not sure how to work, I am sure someone will assist without any question.

    What to do for fun

    The rec is where many students go to play sports or work out. There is also a bowling alley and a swimming pool for other fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining here at Northern is pretty good. Although I do not stay in the dorms I have the opportunity to use my everyday Visa Card. The service is great and the scenery is even better.

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay in dorms here at Northern, but my previous school, the experience in the dorms allowed me to get all my partying out the way.

    Academic Rigor

    My academic rigor would be learning how to manage my time. Allowing myself enough time to study efficiently instead of cramming the night before.

    Tips for prospective students

    One word of advice I would give to the future students is stay on top of all studies. Take advantage of your professors office hours and the tutors that are paid to help with things that come difficult.Your paying to succeed.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois is a school of diversity. The professors seem to be very devoted to the education of the student. Out of a rating of one through ten I would have to rate Northern at a 8.5.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I cannot go a day without seeing at least 4 cop cars around campus. The little prius police cars are still a little hard to take seriously but there are persistent. There are campus police in every dorm and plenty of emergency stations located around campus. The safest dorm has to be New Hall as you need your one card (the card that's literally for everything) to open the door to your hall, then to open the door to your cluster (which you will also need a 4 digit passcode to enter) and then you will need to use the key to open the door to your room. Other dorms have people at the front desk to check you in and one doorway to your hall that can be opened by your key.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the break-up bench and the kissing tree. It is said that you will remain a freshman until an upperclassmen takes you to the kissing tree and kisses you. The tree is split apart and looks to slowly form a heart. Then there is the break-up bench, conveniently located near the kissing tree. If you see this bench beware because it is a popular break up sight/

    Bang for the buck

    For over 20k a year for mainly a corn scene it seems a bit much. Yes they do have the teachers and living areas suited for the masses but there are other areas that are still lacking. Some of the buildings for classes need repairs and during the winter more salt needs to be put down unless people are fond of falling. On the bright side the football field is new and remolded with a giant scoreboard for all to see.

    What to do for fun

    Joining a club is a great way for you to make friends and explore the campus a little more. There is a huge list of clubs and organizations on the website that you can join along with a fair at the beginning of the year. If joining a club or an organization isn't your thing then plan some activities with your friends. Go to the corn maze in Malta, which is about a 15 minute drive, or go ice skating, or play volleyball. Use the campus' resources to your advantage.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't bad, well it could use a little more flavor and less preservatives, but the main thing that gets me is the lack of variety. It's the same thing at the dining halls practically every day, burger, pizza, fries, and there is little variety to it. If you like those foods, great, if not well go with the cheapest meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    I live in New Hall and I love it. I have my own room and share a bathroom with one other person. This works perfectly as I'm a night person and she is a morning person. Since I live in a cluster, I'm not isolated from anyone else and made friends with the other group of people in my dorm. It's a great experience and can help you make more friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Despite what some people may say the teachers here at NIU aren't bad and will try and help you any way they can. While some may be boring they know their topic well and will be able to assist you if you have any questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare for something to do during the weekends as most activities and clubs are planned during the weeks. There are places to go to in DeKalb but you would need a car to get to certain places. If you have a group of friends you can find something to do.

    In three sentences

    I would rate NIU a 7 out of 10. It's not a bad school, but due to the lack of activities going on during the weekends it can be an adjustment coming from a larger town.

  • 02/07/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There's local bars, bowling, movie theaters and the like, but the real action actually takes place on campus with various student activities, celebrations, and sporting events. I recommend checking out the student activities information on the NIU website.

    Food and Dining

    Great food throughout campus!

    Dorm Life

    Very well kept rooms and the food areas have great options at reasonable prices.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult classes, but there's a reason for that. This is my second time attending this college and I'm so excited to get into the action!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to investigate all areas of the campus. Imagine that NIU is its own little city that has just about everything you can imagine.

    In three sentences

    This is an outstanding school. They offer a multitude of resources for each and every major or area of interest and the staff is always incredibly helpful. The atmosphere is very welcoming and encourages the right kinds of educational and personal growth overall.

  • 02/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join an activity, hang with dorm mates or party!!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class and get involved.

    In three sentences

    It is not that big of a campus. It is in DeKalb, Illinois so it does get cold here. It is diverse.

  • 02/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As a female, I would consider NIU to be very safe. We offer a late night ride system that runs at night and is available to pick you up wherever you are and drop you off at your desired location. There is also a Huskie Student Patrol which is a service that you can call and someone will walk you to your destination. This is especially helpful to those with night class or that work late.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! There are many activities clubs, intramural teams, club teams, and organizations. The NIU campus is located in Dekalb which offers a huge selection of things to do for college students and even families.

    Food and Dining

    Four out of five on-campus residence halls offer dining services. They each have great service hours and always have a good menu. There are a variety of options for meals plans to fit anyone's liking. They are all open to students looking for an on-campus job and look great on a resume.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great experience. NIU offers communities that allow students to only live with those students who have the same major. They also offer residence hall floors just for transfer and international students. They accommodate anything from those who want a quiet lifestyle living to those who want coed living. At NIU dorm life is about being a community. You have a limitless availability of resources as well as a comfortable, learning/living environment.

    Academic Rigor

    These are college level courses. They will be a challenge but once you finish you'll have all the material you need to move forth. It's easy to find a professor that best suites you and your learning style. All professors are accommodating and willing to work with their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is no��t easy; it is what you make it. NIU is wonderful, from its campus to its curriculum. Take advantage of the resources you have, the friends you make, and your professors. They�re here to help you succeed. Get involved in organizations and build up your resume. NIU offers a huge variety of resources to help you find on-campus and off-campus jobs, internships, and a range of experience.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois University is a one-of-a-kind campus with a large culturally diverse population. The College of Education and College of Business are exceptional. The faculty and staff are here to make sure you succeed in your goals for the future.

  • 03/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs for anyone to join that I find it nearly impossible for not finding a club or organization that is just right for you. If there is something that is not available then you have the opportunity to start a new club here on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on here on campus. Posters or banners are up to show students what is happening at a certain day or for the week. The gym is a place to go for daily workouts and there are a bunch of courts available to play different sports. There is no way you can get bored if you are involved with clubs or organizations because they are always planning or getting together to do things that are enjoyable.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is alright on campus. There is a variety of choices to make on what to eat for the day. Although, once you have tried everything the food loses its taste because you have it like everyday but there are restaurants where anyone can go and it is at a walking distance. Even in the cold there are delivery services which helps out in the winter when no one wants to go walk all the way to pick some food up or eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! This is the place to meet new people and be able to bond with friends. There is Wi-Fi throughout all the buildings and usually there is a tv for down time. The only downside is that some of the dorms do not have air conditioning. If there is no air conditioning then you have it rough when it gets hot outside or cold.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are challenging for those who do not study or make time to ask for help and learn the material for class. In order to stay on top of things studying is required because this is not high school where teachers just let things slide. Make sure to study when you need to study because there are no make up exams. While it is fun to go out and enjoy yourself education should be the number one priority.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always dedicate time into studying and manage time to fit your schedule. Set your priorities straight and make the right choices when it comes to studying or going out to have fun. The best way to be successful in school is to surround yourself with people who want to become successful. Now when you feel stressed out then the best thing anyone can do is take a nap or find a way to relax to focus for the rest of the day.

    In three sentences

    Northern Illinois is a great school to be attending. It is my first year here and I couldn't have made a better choice. Campus life is great and there is always something going on which is great because you meet new people all the time.

  • 04/06/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to games

    Tips for prospective students

    Good for art education.

    In three sentences

    NIU is a good school for basic things. Has nice programs. Also clubs are nice.

  • 04/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can hang out with friends. go and join a club with your friend, or make new ones at club. Participate in campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but since I do not live here I do not know what it is like to eat it every day.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    At times it can be hard, such as having multiple tests on the same week. But, if you keep up with your school work it is very manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class and read your book.

    In three sentences

    It is a good school. The academics are good. Teachers, for the most part are nice and helpful.