North Park University
Chicago, IL, USA

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North Park University
3.50 Average Rating

Shellye from las vegas, NV

a current student here
20 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
It is very easy to learn everything you need to know at this school. The largest class size is 25 max. Your professors are always available to help you when you need extra help.
Am enjoying being here
There is always some special event going on each weekend at North Park. Its a small campus so there are a lot of familiar faces.
Bang for the buck
Because North Park is in an urban setting they received a lot of funding from the city. Instead of using the money for the campus they gave the money to the students. In 2008 the tuition for north park actually decreased.
Tips for prospective students
A great tip for any prospective students is to have a really detailed entree essay. The counselors love to hear all the details in your story.
Great for these types of students
North Park is a great college for any kind of student. It is such a diverse campus that You can't say its only great for one specific type of students.
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Ulysses from Wauconda, IL

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors here at this university are great. Since the class size is about 30 students, it is easy for the student to get to know their professors and spend time focusing on their key points in class, work on their flaws and correct whatever issues they may have. All the classrooms have a great projection set up so it makes it easier to learn with Powerpoints, pictures, movies, and Microsoft Word (for notes). Also, the construction of a new science building is coming up, so it going to be a great place to learn with all new equipment and everything.
Am enjoying being here
I do enjoy living here at North Park because the neighborhood is nice and the location of the restaurants and the L are perfect. If you go out and meet new people, there is always something to do. There is music in the Java Haus lounge, frisbee in the green space and plays in the LHA, so its nice that all of these are close by. its not a large campus so its not easy to get lost in which makes getting to class so much easier. Most classes are located in Carlson Tower, so the only trick is knowing which floor to get off at. The diversity of the university also plays a major role in why it is a great campus. There are always international students coming in from Korea, Sweden and many other different countries. The students get to meet so many new people and the more people they meet, the more comfortable their environment becomes because it becomes easy to talk to other people and to get to know one another more closely.
Bang for the buck
It is semi-expensive to go to North Park, but if you are able to find the money to come here, it is definitely worth it. North Park is a great academic school and was ranked number one in the country for their Nursing program. Although it is a dry campus and not a big party school, you can always find some fun around the neighborhood or even downtown. The quality of the university's education is great and you will definitely get your money's worth here.
Tips for prospective students
-do not procrastinate
-get sleep
-when you are given an assignment, start it right away
-look for any available on-campus jobs
-buy used books
-try to party only on the weekends because no one wants to go to class super tired the next day or even worse, not show up
-show up to class (VERY IMPORTANT!)
-take very good notes
-if you are not there for a class, get the notes from one of your classmates and ask about any homework, due dates, changed due dates and tests/quizzes.
-talk to your professor as much as possible. If you don't tell them you don't understand something, how are they supposed to be able to help you?
-spend a lot of time at the library
-check your email constantly for class cancellations, important class information from your professors, and updates on what is going on around campus.
Great for these types of students
-Nursing Majors
-Business Majors
-Chemistry Majors
-Biology Majors
-International students
-Social students
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Tariq from Hainesville, IL

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am learning a lot because the staff is able to get with each student one-on-one because this is not a big university like NIU or SIU. Here each class room has about 20-30 students. This allows the students to learn more and not have to compete for the teacher's attention as much.
Am enjoying being here
This school is great. I love the vibe that I got when I first stepped onto this campus. The people that you will be going to school with and living around are loving, caring, and very good people. It didn't take me very long to meet new people and my friends. I am a football player and that was another way to help with the process.
Bang for the buck
This school really does give you a lot more than what your paying for. For instance, the work-out facility, Helwig, was completed in the fall of 2006 Helwig Recreation Center houses a state-of-the-art workout facility, 200-meter indoor track, 35-yard practice football turf, basketball and volleyball courts, a climbing wall, coaches' offices, and classroom space. There are many things that a person or group of people could do here and not get bored. Also, every Tuesday and Thursday, there are ab work outs and yoga that is available for no extra charge.

Tips for prospective students
Here is a tip for students that are thinking about coming here, when you come to the school for your visit ask your tour guide about the location of the OLDEST tree in Chicago. (It is right on campus, in the middle of the green space). Also, if you do decide to attend this university, make sure that you know all of your professor's names and try and make sure they remember yours for good reasons.
Great for these types of students
North Park University is a great school for any and all kinds of people. It is a school with a lot of diversity among the students, as well as the professors.
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Katerina from Ingleside, IL

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
North Park has a variety of fantastic opportunities for well-rounded people. Since it is a smaller campus, the class sizes are smaller and the teachers really get to know and challenge you on an individual level. The campus community is very diverse and accepting to all; it is a great environment to live in and be a part of.
Tips for prospective students
Work hard. Your professors of North Park will always expect more of you so you can discover and develop your true potential.
Have integrity. The main goal of North Park is to educate students in order for them to have lives of significance and service.
Academic Rigor
The professors at NPU are constantly challenging you. Their goal is not to help you get an A in the class, but to help you learn information. This takes a lot of work from the individual and lectures combined, which may be challenging for some.
Dorm Life
In the dorms and on campus housing, there is community like no other. Everyone is very friendly and aren't afraid to talk to new people. We are all going through this new journey together, and that unites us, no matter our differences.
Food and Dining
Well...food isn't the greatest at NPU or any university. Since when has any form of school lunch been fantastic? Our Dining Hall does host some catering for special events that have pretty top notch food though.
What to do for fun
Opportunities are limitless! You have the city of Chicago at your fingertips; go explore!
Bang for the buck
North Park is a great school hands down! It is definitely worth all the money I am paying for school; I wouldn't want to go anywhere else!
Great for these types of students
NPU is great for anyone! It has a variety of opportunities for a variety of people. It also has a very diverse campus.
Clubs and Activities
North Park has many clubs and activities on campus. It is a great way to get involved and meet people that are different, yet have similar interests.
Greek Life
There's no greek life at NPU; however, it doesn't really need it. North Park stands on it's own without this aspect of University life.
Campus Safety
The campus is very safe, even with it being in the city. You will not find trouble unless you are looking for it.
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Megan from Dwight, IL

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Amazing location since it's in the city but due to it's location and a small campus, it doesn't completely feel like you're living in the city. It has great diversity on campus.
Dorm Life
Rooms are a little small but that's to be expected. Everyone seems to be open to meeting new people.
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Winnie from Chicago, IL

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
The college provides a Christian atmosphere for prayers and worship, but also variety of opportunities to share your own beliefs and views. It has an interest for students, especially those with interesting backgrounds, whether it is projects, culture, views or sexuality, everyone is included in the community. As a college, it offers the best for the students to, not only study, but also be a part of a bigger educational and giving community.
Tips for prospective students
It is OK to not know everything in the beginning, current and alumni students are more than happy to help you if you do wonder about anything, whether it is classes, subjects, professors or campus questions. It is smart to get to know some current students to help you prepare yourself and reduce whatever that might be your worries if you have any. Professors and other faculty members are there to help and guide you through everything, thus it is important that you ask whenever there is anything you are wondering about. Once you start college, please make friends! Be social, I can ensure you that you will always find someone who share the exact interests as you. Join the community by looking up clubs and activities. There's nothing to fear, only everything to look forward to.
Academic Rigor
Different professors have different expectations for different classes, but if you do not follow his or her instructions to pass the class, you better have a good explanation to be excused. You are expected to pass the class with a minimum grade of 'C', otherwise you will not receive the full credit points. It is up each student individually to complete each assignment unless excused at least a certain time before deadline. Absences will be noted, and it affects your grade. Breaking campus rules, you might result meeting the dean.
Dorm Life
Dorming will be strict for on campus residents. All guests must be registered and leave their IDs prior to entering their rooms. There cannot be guests in your room after midnight. The dorm life might not be as comfortable as you wish it to be, but it is satisfying enough for you to study. The walls are thinner, and the temperature might not be as ideal as you wish it to be either. The best is that you are close to your friends, and the campus provides everything you need in your studies.
Food and Dining
The campus dining hall offers a variety of meals, but after a while you might get tired of it since it goes in a circle. Although it does offer all the nutrients you need to function, the taste might be boring for some people. They serve hot meals, sandwiches, fast food, salad and fruit stands. And cereal. In additional, there are many eateries around campus, from Jimmy Jones to Korean. Food is never a problem.
What to do for fun
The beach is about 20 minutes with bus from campus. Downtown is about 30 minutes with train depending on the hour of the day. Many on campus student organizations offer activities, movie nights and food. Hang out, talk and play.
Clubs and Activities
There many student organizations on campus driven by students for students. All from sports, cultural to musical and volunteering. Joining these clubs and activities also is a great way to get to know people. You also have the opportunities to contribute by joining the club's leaderships, the reward in the end can be leadership experience and even be nominated for your work.
Campus Safety
The college provides campus security with actual or former officers who offer you safe escort from campus buildings and train station. There are alarm buttons located all over campus to provide safety.
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elizabeth from chicago, il

accepted here and planning to attend soon
0 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
north park university is one of the best christian university in chicago. the diversity population and a great sense of community makes you feel right at home.
Tips for prospective students
college is a new journey, building a strong support system will help overcome obstacles.
Academic Rigor
82% of undergrads in the pre-pharmacy program graduates in four years or less.
Dorm Life
nice size dorms.
Food and Dining
best salad bar ever !
What to do for fun
netflix nights at olsen hall
tennis matches on campus
sorority parties
planting flowers on campus
Bang for the buck
the store on campus has hundredths of cool north park university gear.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
each year north park university has a traditional chapel christmas carol-sing along that brings the christmas spirit out of you.
Great for these types of students
north park is great for students looking for a small supportive education.
Clubs and Activities
will be joining the dance team
Campus Safety
located in one of the safety chicagoland locations
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