North Idaho College
Coeur D Alene, ID, USA

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North Idaho College
3.38 Average Rating

Timothy from Post Falls, ID

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
North Idaho College is an exemplary college. N.I.C. is located in beautiful Coeur d' Alene and is well maintained. The education you can receive is amongst the ranking of popular universities.
Tips for prospective students
Be prepared to receive outcomes directly proportional to the effort you put into your education.
Academic Rigor
While North Idaho College doesn't have the upper level classes that a university may still prepare to be challenged academically. In such a one on one environment professors often develop a personal relationship with students that encourage nothing but excellent work.
Dorm Life
With a new housing unit recently constructed at the heart of campus there is no part of the school that cannot be reached within a three minute walk. Door resident assistants are helpful and friendly as well.
Food and Dining
N.I.C. has a wonderful cafeteria available to students and staff. They have a wide variety that caters to anyones taste or preferences.
What to do for fun
You can literally see Lake Coeur d' Alene from several class rooms and most of the campus. During spring, summer and early fall classes you can enjoy a relaxing break between classes on the beach or in the water.
Bang for the buck
With cost of living relatively low and academic achievements extraordinarily high I would absolutely recommend this school for anyone on a budget or monetary constraint.
Great for these types of students
Any student interested in a well rounded community college with a very personable presence would do well here.
Clubs and Activities
The athletic presence at North Idaho College is quite amazing for being a smaller campus. Not to mention all the other clubs represented at N.I.C. as well.
Campus Safety
Campus safety is unparalleled. Their presence is well known and well reflected at N.I.C.
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Sarah from Spirit Lake, ID

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Academic Rigor
that pretty much sums it up right there: i am learning a lot!
Am enjoying being here
This campus is right on the Coeur 'D Alene Lake, and the scenery is outstanding. North Idaho College has a great atmosphere (I mean both the air and the people). The staff is so helpful,
Bang for the buck
the prices may appear differently to people in different financial situations, but this college has a much lower tuition than major universities and you still get the basics you need for associate degrees. in any case, i recommend that you apply for financial aid, even if you don't really need it. i received enough awards in grants to completely pay for my tuition and books. look for discounted sources to by textbooks and materials from instead of the college bookstore. you will save a lot of money! lab manuals are created and printed at the college, though, so you can buy those only at the college bookstore (which is known as the mica peak exchange). do not get student loans! ever! look for scholarships and grants, apply for financial aid, or ask relatives for college money, but do not get loans to pay for college! i know several people who have worked hard their entire adult lives to pay back the loans they had for school. if you can't find a means to pay for it without a loan, then don't go to college. period. :) it's for you're own good and the good of your family.
Tips for prospective students
register early! do not wait until the last minute, or you may not get into the classes you want. there is a waitlist now (as of the fall 2011 semester), but it's better to get in early than squeak in at the last chance.
also, if you are planning on applying for financial aid, do so several months before the semester begins. then you will have enough time to gather documents needed, and the college will have time to process it and contact you about further documentation, et cetera.

parking is an issue when the semester begins, but a lot of the busyness dies down after awhile. but, there are parking lots up the road, about a 10-15 minute walk, so just come to class early and park there.
Great for these types of students
students looking to earn a 2-year degree (a.a., a.s., a.a.s.).
local students who want some secondary education 'under their belt'.
students interested in a solid nursing program.
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Kendall from Lewiston, ID

a current student here
0 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
North Idaho is a great place to go to college to figure out what you want to do if you don't already know, or to just knock out those core classes. This place has everything!! It's a beautiful place as well as the people here are so nice and welcoming.
Tips for prospective students
If you're thinking about applying, do it quick!! Classes fill up quickly so if you want a place where you will feel welcome and has tons of things to do, hurry and apply!
Academic Rigor
The classes, for me, aren't to bad. They're tough but definitely manageable. Plus the teachers are always open to help you if you don't understand or need more time with the material you're covering.
Dorm Life
I am living in the dorms and there is always something going on for you to be involved with. Scavenger hunts, movies, Minute-to-win-it games, are only a fraction of the things that have gone since the beginning of school and we're only half way through!! Plus the people living in the dorms are open to meet you and want to hang out! You never get bored.
Food and Dining
The food definitely isn't that good home cooked meal that mom used to make but it's tolerable. There are different entrees every evening as well as your regular menu of cheeseburgers, fries, grilled cheese, etc.
What to do for fun
Since NIC is located on the Coeur d'Alene Lake, in the fall and spring, the beach is definitely a popular place as well as kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and boating. In the winter, the ski resorts are as short as 30 minutes away to everyone hits the slopes when the snow hits!
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Savannah from Post Falls, ID

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Academic Rigor
I learned a lot already as a dual enrolled student and now as a full time current student. So many degrees to choose from and many choices for electives. The teachers here are amazing and most are willing to work with you one on one or help set up tutoring which is FREE.
Will enjoy being here
I love the scenery and the close proximity to the lake for a nice, quiet study session.
Bang for the buck
There is the movies close by, the lake, downtown shopping malls, parks, fairs, and all sorts of things that take place close to North Idaho College. Definitely worth it. NIC is close to just about everything and the campus isn't too big so walking to your destination won't take long.
Tips for prospective students
Don't be scared. It's an environment that you can set to the pace that you want to go. If you wanna speed right to your degree and think you can handle the challenge then North Idaho College is perfect. If you want to lay back and take time to get your degree then North Idaho College is perfect.
Great for these types of students
All types of students can come here. The students around campus are very open minded and interested in all sorts of cultures, games, music, activities etc that it won't be hard to make new friends.
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Joshua from Rathdrum, ID

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Classes are awesome! teacher for the most part are astounding and extremely helpful!
Am enjoying being here
as much as a student can enjoy school!
Bang for the buck
Price of tuition is rising but not to bad
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Susanna from the Coeur d' Alene area

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have really appreciated NIC especially because it is smaller, so you actually can get to know teachers and get the help that you need. I have gone in to ask teachers to explain a concept to me, and they have been very helpful in answering my inquiries.
Am enjoying being here
I love the small town atmosphere and seeing people that I know each time I walk on campus. The learning environment is very good and most of the teachers really want to help you succeed if you are willing to put in an effort.
Bang for the buck
As a North Idaho resident, this is your best option if your looking for inexpensive and flexible. When I was in high school I really didn't want to go to NIC because it seemed to be less prestigious then other schools, however, they have good programs and don't charge much...housing in the area is affordable as well. All in all, it's a very good bang for your buck.
Tips for prospective students
If you care about your classes you can find the help you need to succeed. The tutoring center as some really good resources no matter how old you are or what your academic background is. The good news is, if you do well in a class, the college may hire you to be a tutor as well!:-) You will get the education you need if you go with a good attitude, wanting to learn.
Great for these types of students
This is a great school for anyone living in the area, especially if you need to hold a job or take care of things outside of your college education. It is good to get started if your coming straight out of high school, but it is especially good for anyone in the workforce or anyone who has family they need to care for.
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Thomas from Post Falls, ID

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
North Idaho College is a great school. North Idaho college spends so much time trying to teach the students the right things other than letting students slack. This college is one of the most helpful schools in Idaho state today.
Tips for prospective students
Mostly any tips I can give is get everything done that needs to be done before school starts. Stay in class and study what they tell you to study. Don't slack off in any classes for any reason. Stay focused, and be ready to learn quickly and proficiently.
What to do for fun
The lake is right next to the school for those who take summer classes. In the winter there are so many places around that you can walk to and stay warm and drink coffee or hot cocoa.
Bang for the buck
For the money you put into the school which is not bad at all. You do get a high quality education for a little price. North Idaho College teaches their students like any other college would.
Campus Safety
The campus is highly safe. Security is driving around constantly. The dorms are impossible to get into unless you know somebody who lives there.
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