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Northern Illinois University

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Rated 3.6/5

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2.7/5

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Northern Illinois University, located in IL, was one of the best colleges in the US in 2016.

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www.niu.edu 1425 West Lincoln Highway Dekalb IL 60115-2828 (800) 892-3050
Undergrad Students
15,814
Total Students
21,138
Acceptance Rate
56%
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Acceptance Rate

50%

In the 2013 school year, 19,814 applicants applied to Northern Illinois University. Out of which 10,083 of the applicants were admitted and 931,258 enrolled.

Enrollment

How many students go to Northern Illinois University?

Total Enrollment


21,138



The enrollment breakdown at Northern Illinois University includes 9,312 Freshmen which make up 44% of the student body. There are 15,814 undergraduate students, which count for 74% and 5,324 graduate students who make up the remaining 25%.

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What percentage of students graduate from Northern Illinois University?

4 Year Graduation Rate

51%

At Northern Illinois University, 51% of the students graduate or transfer.

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Rated 3.4/5

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Happiness

Rated 3.6/5

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Rated 0.5/5

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    This is one of the top-rated social mobility schools in the country. There is also so many different majors (with different emphases to cater more to your career choice), minors, certifications, and emphasis. For DeKalb being a small town there really is a lot of things to do here. What does that mean? It means the maximum amount of student aid someone can get is often not enough to attend full time unless you're capable of working full time, too - and then you still may get a below average education for all your debt. Here, you needn't worry about all that ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    This school is great! Big campus, awesome football team, bus system, and some great academic programs ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I've been here a few years now and I absolutely love it. Beautiful campus. Not too big, not too small. Grant and Stevo are the best dorms to live in! Food is okay for the most part, desert is to die for. You'll get a lot of walking exercise here but there's a lot to do and be a part of here. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Great well respected school. NIU has the 2nd largest campus in Illinois after Urbana-Champaign. They have a great Huskie bus system in place, 2nd largest after the CTA in Chicago, ran by students for students. Social life sucks out here unless you go Greek. Plenty of food choices around campus, Starbucks brand coffee everywhere!! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    NIU is Awesome! Some student do not take full advantage of all the opportunities this fine University has to offer them. My advice to new students is to come in with a something to prove attitude and do not ever forget that a college education is a great opportunity, take advantage. GO Huskies! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Budget cuts hit NIU and it hit it hard. Your experiences may vary. Most of my professors (liberal arts/english) were passionate, inteligent, friendly, a little quirky, but willing to work with you if you show interest and effort. If you dont like football, partying, or drinking, you might get bored here. Join a club and make friends EARLY. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    NIU is a nice school for education but nothing else really. My fraternity is the only reason I stay here. I hope that changing to the esteemed college of business will change my expectations of academics because it hasnt been much fun or challenging. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Overall, it's a nice enough campus. It's a cheap education for what you're getting and it's not considered a trashy school. Your degree from here will be respected. Campus is boring, there are only opportunities for things if you look hard, finding a job is difficult, and being social is difficult. If you can go somewhere better, dream big. There's tons of opportunities to get involved but it's relatively 'meh' if you're not the social type. Safety could be better, both off campus and in the dorms. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    It's an okay school. Also very dangerous around campus. Muggings are expected every night and don't expect the PD to find the person either. The campus itself is beautiful, buildings are nice and facilities are nice. There's a great food truck to try! My main problem is that the school is ran as if it is solely a business, and often you are met with people who do not want to help you. I have found out how to do things on my own and do not trust my advisor, it is almost like she is getting paid to keep us here forever. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    All in all, I had the opportunity to transfer out after my freshman year and go to UIC. At any campus just be aware of your surrounding late at night. Greek life is definitely huge here to the point where your lost if your not in it. There's a lot of food and club options. Main negative is that the campus is surrounded by cornfields with a 10 mile radius:( Convenient bus system tho:) Living on campus last year was pretty drab, but I'm not much of a partier. Everyone else is, so if that's what you're into, you're golden. NIU gets a bad rap for crime but it's no worse than anywhere else in northern IL. Pay attention to your surroundings and carry a bottle of pepper spray just in case. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    NIU gets a bad rep for crime but its pretty safe. People are not that connected as a social community, but NIU has always been trying to make things better. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 5/5
    I really like this school! made great friends in the dorms and stayed with them throughout school! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    School is overall pretty blah. Its an affordable mini ASU in the midwest but unless your greekathlete or 10 min from home its a bust. A dream college with the dynamic of a high school takes away from its potential for a good experience. BUT education is phenomenal. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    NIU is a good school. The school can be described as just OK. Buildings are old and in disrepair. I've gone to high schools with better facilities than NIU. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    A lot of the people who attend NIU are from suburban and rural areas in Illinois. I attended a community college to acquire my Gen Eds. Started NIU 2010 part-time to progress toward my bachelors. For a non-traditional student majoring in the liberal arts, this school has very little to offer. The professors and advisors so far are unimpressive. I'm very discouraged. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    It really isn't as dangerous as it seems, but because students aren't used to receiving crime reports as NIU is required to give by law, they get the feeling like Dekalb isn't safe. I like the school and the people, but the area is extremely boring. I find myself going home at least once or twice a week even though I have an apartment in Dekalb. Big backpack school very quiet around the weekends. Expect to stay in after dark due to saftey. Mugging, shooting, and car jacking expected daily. Clubs? Don't bother nothing to offer that's worth your time. buildings are very old and disgusting. They want to bill you for almost everything ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    The campus is beautiful and there are a lot of ways to get involved. This campus has the worst weather almost year round. It is a big campus with not the best bus system. I wish I had gone somewhere else because the only programs the school cares about are nursing and business. The social scene is good and we have a great football team though. Come drink ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    I already had bad expectations, but this is the most depressing town and school Most professors don't care. I try to look on the bright side of things, but at NIU there is not much of a bright side. I have had a few quality teachers, but in general I just felt like the environment was not very motivating. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    It is a great school ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    The social life is nice, but I only have that perspective after joining greek life. I stayed in the dorms for one semester then chose to commute because its ridiculously expensive and the only social life is greek life. Its pretty, good education, but Dekalb is boring. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Transferred to NIU to complete my psych B.S. so I can't speak to gen courses. The professors are amazing, I have made some of my best friends here, and despite and already great education system ( one of the best in business and engineering) we just keep getting better. Go Huskies! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    As a commuter, I get what I want out of NIU. Nothing special ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Internet comes and goes more than the people do here. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    NIU is an overall decent school, average. Charming and always clean. Landscape always looks nice. Buildings are well maintained. Dorms are well maintained as well. The food is average, but the surrounding town is charming and contains a number of good restaurants close by. Clubs and social events are prevalent, and there are a number of on-campus activities happening daily. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    It's not for everyone, but I love NIU. I have made so many connections here both personal and professional and have been afforded so many great opportunities! The reputation amongst employers I have come across, has been favorable! I feel like any school NIU is what you make it and I have surely made the best of it. Yeah some things could be better, but overall it's a quality place. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    The place niu is at is just god awful. NIU has a fantastic business, nursing, and engineering program (best to least best). The campus is nice but lacks the environment you'd find at a big ten school like U of I. DeKalb tends to be crazy windy which I'm used to, there's cool people if you look hard enough, and it's fairly cheap so less debt which never hurts. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    (I'm a marketing major) It's a decent commuter school. Make sure you look on this website to choose your professors. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Dekalb is a very busy place, driving and parking are impossible, average time to find a parking spot is about 30 mins. Everyone goes home on weekends and there weren't all that many activities to do for the people left. The dorms were disconnected from the campus, like an afterthought. Loved my professors and most classes I took. The school is good, atmosphere not so much. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Quite frankly, NIU isn't a great school, but it doesn't suck. Most of the teachers are ok at least. For the social scene 2 important things. If your non-greek and a guy good luck with parties you wont go to any. Also this town is a three way stand off between the inner city, the suburbs, and the country so you kind of get everyone. NIU can be kind of gross and run down in some areas. It is nice being close to Chicago, but there isn't much to do on campus. The texts they send out when someone gets shot/robbed at gunpoint are a nice touch though. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    While the outside of the buildings and campus looks great, the inside is extremely lacking. If you're used to being around a pretty diverse set of people then expect a big culture shock. Lots of kids from suburbs who have little exposure to no exposure to the non-suburbanite world. Do yourself a favor and go to university in Chicago if you can. NIU is just about the epitome of mediocrity. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Nice School overall. NIU and DeKalb has a reputation for over zealous police officers, which is spot on. The campus always looks like it's under construction and it's not inviting. Most of the dorms are being renovated and are pricy now. Food is terrible and internet doesn't always work. I met some great people though. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Close to home with a pretty campus. Unfortunately, too many people go drinking on the weekends due to lack of university-sponsored events, which is due to many students who commute on the weekends. Professors are nice and helpful. But I get the feeling that courses are too easy. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    DeKalb isn't anything special. Honestly, NIU isn't that bad. Yeah, there are shootings off campus, but that's more the states fault for putting the projects in a college town. It aint that bad guys ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    It is close to the suburbs, especially for commuters (including myself). I regret not doing so. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Decent price, large beautiful campus, easy commute from Chicagoland. This has become my home away from home. Get involved, make some friends and you can survive NIU too! :) ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    NIU has so many resources and gives students lots of oppurtunities. Such a wide variety of diverse clubs, everyone will fit in somewhere! I love all the random sporting events and I love being a Huskie! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Best campus I have ever stepped foot on. A lot of other students complain that there isn't a lot to do in DeKalb but you just have to find the hidden gems around town. The community and Huskie Pride is strong here. Football season dominates the fall, for sure but who doesn't like tailgating? I feel that I'm really prepared to enter my field. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Typical suitcase school. I'm a commuter and i'm glad I chose to be. Overall there are better places to go, but there aren't many places with as much bang for your buck. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Due to my tendency to make life changing decisions on a whim, I've transferred multiple times, starting at an extremely well known/respected school and slowly making my way to here. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    You only make the best of it if you try. I love NIU, its a decently sized campus, easy to get to classes, the food is average, somewhat sketchy area but tons of security. Proud to be a huskie!! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I transferred here from a school in the city. Honestly, this school is not what it use to be. It's a damn shame. Food options are alright, and the people are a hit or miss for being nice. Overall a decent school, mainly a commuter school ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 0/5
    I transferred to this university from another four year university and in comparison NIU was well below where I came from in about every category. A lot of the professors here do not care about students, but there are a select few that actually do. The parking is bad at times. The food is okay. This is a good school if you're a commuter, which I am thinking about becoming because I'm not a fan of the dorm life here. Sometimes I regret coming here. They steal credits from you lots of them and when you tell them you want them back, they make you do ALL the leg work. I have found a lot of the staff to be rude. I'm considering not going back. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I have been here for all four years and have loved it. Choose time wisly! Football tailgate is sick!!! I'm a transfer student and a commuter but I'm still proud of my school. Yes, it has its negatives but doesn't everywhere? It's a good education for the price let's be realistic here. We're not attending Harvard. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I'm so glad I chose NIU. Food isnt bad (a lot of restaurants in the area, and dining halls arent as bad as people say). a lot of parties especially in when it's warm. good football team, worth visiting. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    I'm taking online classes at NIU, and 4 out of 5 professors treat these classes like an afterthought. I feel like nothing was ever updated, very old. They're not always organized, the feedback is terrible, the papers aren't graded on time, and the assignments aren't posted on time. If you're looking for online classes try another campus. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Good school but improvements needed. There are lot of great oppertunities for success but if you want to have a FUN college experience go somewhere else. Its cold, you see the same people constantly, the food sucks and most of the dorms are crap although they renovated. Do not live in neptune! it has no AC or heat. Stay in Grant or Newhall. This is by far one of the safest campuses around. Obviously there's crime considering we're by section 8 housing. BUT, on campus safety is solid. With our own police station and several emergency measures, it's pretty darn safe. I'm and Education major and get some great opportunities. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    NIU is a great school. This school is great if you want to go to a big school but dont want to live in huge/ really popular city. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    I had lots of highs and lows here. I took 8 AP tests in high school and graduated in the top 4% of my class. The only reason I came to NIU was because it was the best school I could afford. Outside of the College of Business building (which is great), the facilities are pretty bad. If you can afford to go somewhere better, do it. The campus is alright. Some of the buildings are old and gross. The food is awful. I like most of my professors. The dorms are small and cramped. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    I love it here. Honestly it is what you make of it, if you want to sit in your dorm and complain then fine but if you get involved it helps a lot. I am in a sorority and have a job and am having a lot of fun! It is your basic college with a good teaching staff and decent facilities! Huskies for Life! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Coming to NIU was the best decision I could have made. This is a good school with some very good professors. I had a great experience and education at NIU. ...Continue reading

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  • Overall school rating 4/5
    This is one of the top-rated social mobility schools in the country. There is also so many different majors (with different emphases to cater more to your career choice), minors, certifications, and emphasis. For DeKalb being a small town there really is a lot of things to do here. What does that mean? It means the maximum amount of student aid someone can get is often not enough to attend full time unless you're capable of working full time, too - and then you still may get a below average education for all your debt. Here, you needn't worry about all that ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    This school is great! Big campus, awesome football team, bus system, and some great academic programs ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I've been here a few years now and I absolutely love it. Beautiful campus. Not too big, not too small. Grant and Stevo are the best dorms to live in! Food is okay for the most part, desert is to die for. You'll get a lot of walking exercise here but there's a lot to do and be a part of here. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Great well respected school. NIU has the 2nd largest campus in Illinois after Urbana-Champaign. They have a great Huskie bus system in place, 2nd largest after the CTA in Chicago, ran by students for students. Social life sucks out here unless you go Greek. Plenty of food choices around campus, Starbucks brand coffee everywhere!! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    NIU is Awesome! Some student do not take full advantage of all the opportunities this fine University has to offer them. My advice to new students is to come in with a something to prove attitude and do not ever forget that a college education is a great opportunity, take advantage. GO Huskies! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Budget cuts hit NIU and it hit it hard. Your experiences may vary. Most of my professors (liberal arts/english) were passionate, inteligent, friendly, a little quirky, but willing to work with you if you show interest and effort. If you dont like football, partying, or drinking, you might get bored here. Join a club and make friends EARLY. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    NIU is a nice school for education but nothing else really. My fraternity is the only reason I stay here. I hope that changing to the esteemed college of business will change my expectations of academics because it hasnt been much fun or challenging. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Overall, it's a nice enough campus. It's a cheap education for what you're getting and it's not considered a trashy school. Your degree from here will be respected. Campus is boring, there are only opportunities for things if you look hard, finding a job is difficult, and being social is difficult. If you can go somewhere better, dream big. There's tons of opportunities to get involved but it's relatively 'meh' if you're not the social type. Safety could be better, both off campus and in the dorms. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    It's an okay school. Also very dangerous around campus. Muggings are expected every night and don't expect the PD to find the person either. The campus itself is beautiful, buildings are nice and facilities are nice. There's a great food truck to try! My main problem is that the school is ran as if it is solely a business, and often you are met with people who do not want to help you. I have found out how to do things on my own and do not trust my advisor, it is almost like she is getting paid to keep us here forever. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    All in all, I had the opportunity to transfer out after my freshman year and go to UIC. At any campus just be aware of your surrounding late at night. Greek life is definitely huge here to the point where your lost if your not in it. There's a lot of food and club options. Main negative is that the campus is surrounded by cornfields with a 10 mile radius:( Convenient bus system tho:) Living on campus last year was pretty drab, but I'm not much of a partier. Everyone else is, so if that's what you're into, you're golden. NIU gets a bad rap for crime but it's no worse than anywhere else in northern IL. Pay attention to your surroundings and carry a bottle of pepper spray just in case. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    NIU gets a bad rep for crime but its pretty safe. People are not that connected as a social community, but NIU has always been trying to make things better. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 5/5
    I really like this school! made great friends in the dorms and stayed with them throughout school! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    School is overall pretty blah. Its an affordable mini ASU in the midwest but unless your greekathlete or 10 min from home its a bust. A dream college with the dynamic of a high school takes away from its potential for a good experience. BUT education is phenomenal. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    NIU is a good school. The school can be described as just OK. Buildings are old and in disrepair. I've gone to high schools with better facilities than NIU. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    A lot of the people who attend NIU are from suburban and rural areas in Illinois. I attended a community college to acquire my Gen Eds. Started NIU 2010 part-time to progress toward my bachelors. For a non-traditional student majoring in the liberal arts, this school has very little to offer. The professors and advisors so far are unimpressive. I'm very discouraged. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    It really isn't as dangerous as it seems, but because students aren't used to receiving crime reports as NIU is required to give by law, they get the feeling like Dekalb isn't safe. I like the school and the people, but the area is extremely boring. I find myself going home at least once or twice a week even though I have an apartment in Dekalb. Big backpack school very quiet around the weekends. Expect to stay in after dark due to saftey. Mugging, shooting, and car jacking expected daily. Clubs? Don't bother nothing to offer that's worth your time. buildings are very old and disgusting. They want to bill you for almost everything ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    The campus is beautiful and there are a lot of ways to get involved. This campus has the worst weather almost year round. It is a big campus with not the best bus system. I wish I had gone somewhere else because the only programs the school cares about are nursing and business. The social scene is good and we have a great football team though. Come drink ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    I already had bad expectations, but this is the most depressing town and school Most professors don't care. I try to look on the bright side of things, but at NIU there is not much of a bright side. I have had a few quality teachers, but in general I just felt like the environment was not very motivating. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    It is a great school ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    The social life is nice, but I only have that perspective after joining greek life. I stayed in the dorms for one semester then chose to commute because its ridiculously expensive and the only social life is greek life. Its pretty, good education, but Dekalb is boring. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Transferred to NIU to complete my psych B.S. so I can't speak to gen courses. The professors are amazing, I have made some of my best friends here, and despite and already great education system ( one of the best in business and engineering) we just keep getting better. Go Huskies! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    As a commuter, I get what I want out of NIU. Nothing special ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Internet comes and goes more than the people do here. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    NIU is an overall decent school, average. Charming and always clean. Landscape always looks nice. Buildings are well maintained. Dorms are well maintained as well. The food is average, but the surrounding town is charming and contains a number of good restaurants close by. Clubs and social events are prevalent, and there are a number of on-campus activities happening daily. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    It's not for everyone, but I love NIU. I have made so many connections here both personal and professional and have been afforded so many great opportunities! The reputation amongst employers I have come across, has been favorable! I feel like any school NIU is what you make it and I have surely made the best of it. Yeah some things could be better, but overall it's a quality place. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    The place niu is at is just god awful. NIU has a fantastic business, nursing, and engineering program (best to least best). The campus is nice but lacks the environment you'd find at a big ten school like U of I. DeKalb tends to be crazy windy which I'm used to, there's cool people if you look hard enough, and it's fairly cheap so less debt which never hurts. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    (I'm a marketing major) It's a decent commuter school. Make sure you look on this website to choose your professors. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Dekalb is a very busy place, driving and parking are impossible, average time to find a parking spot is about 30 mins. Everyone goes home on weekends and there weren't all that many activities to do for the people left. The dorms were disconnected from the campus, like an afterthought. Loved my professors and most classes I took. The school is good, atmosphere not so much. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Quite frankly, NIU isn't a great school, but it doesn't suck. Most of the teachers are ok at least. For the social scene 2 important things. If your non-greek and a guy good luck with parties you wont go to any. Also this town is a three way stand off between the inner city, the suburbs, and the country so you kind of get everyone. NIU can be kind of gross and run down in some areas. It is nice being close to Chicago, but there isn't much to do on campus. The texts they send out when someone gets shot/robbed at gunpoint are a nice touch though. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    While the outside of the buildings and campus looks great, the inside is extremely lacking. If you're used to being around a pretty diverse set of people then expect a big culture shock. Lots of kids from suburbs who have little exposure to no exposure to the non-suburbanite world. Do yourself a favor and go to university in Chicago if you can. NIU is just about the epitome of mediocrity. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Nice School overall. NIU and DeKalb has a reputation for over zealous police officers, which is spot on. The campus always looks like it's under construction and it's not inviting. Most of the dorms are being renovated and are pricy now. Food is terrible and internet doesn't always work. I met some great people though. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Close to home with a pretty campus. Unfortunately, too many people go drinking on the weekends due to lack of university-sponsored events, which is due to many students who commute on the weekends. Professors are nice and helpful. But I get the feeling that courses are too easy. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    DeKalb isn't anything special. Honestly, NIU isn't that bad. Yeah, there are shootings off campus, but that's more the states fault for putting the projects in a college town. It aint that bad guys ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    It is close to the suburbs, especially for commuters (including myself). I regret not doing so. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Decent price, large beautiful campus, easy commute from Chicagoland. This has become my home away from home. Get involved, make some friends and you can survive NIU too! :) ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    NIU has so many resources and gives students lots of oppurtunities. Such a wide variety of diverse clubs, everyone will fit in somewhere! I love all the random sporting events and I love being a Huskie! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Best campus I have ever stepped foot on. A lot of other students complain that there isn't a lot to do in DeKalb but you just have to find the hidden gems around town. The community and Huskie Pride is strong here. Football season dominates the fall, for sure but who doesn't like tailgating? I feel that I'm really prepared to enter my field. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Typical suitcase school. I'm a commuter and i'm glad I chose to be. Overall there are better places to go, but there aren't many places with as much bang for your buck. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Due to my tendency to make life changing decisions on a whim, I've transferred multiple times, starting at an extremely well known/respected school and slowly making my way to here. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    You only make the best of it if you try. I love NIU, its a decently sized campus, easy to get to classes, the food is average, somewhat sketchy area but tons of security. Proud to be a huskie!! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I transferred here from a school in the city. Honestly, this school is not what it use to be. It's a damn shame. Food options are alright, and the people are a hit or miss for being nice. Overall a decent school, mainly a commuter school ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 0/5
    I transferred to this university from another four year university and in comparison NIU was well below where I came from in about every category. A lot of the professors here do not care about students, but there are a select few that actually do. The parking is bad at times. The food is okay. This is a good school if you're a commuter, which I am thinking about becoming because I'm not a fan of the dorm life here. Sometimes I regret coming here. They steal credits from you lots of them and when you tell them you want them back, they make you do ALL the leg work. I have found a lot of the staff to be rude. I'm considering not going back. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I have been here for all four years and have loved it. Choose time wisly! Football tailgate is sick!!! I'm a transfer student and a commuter but I'm still proud of my school. Yes, it has its negatives but doesn't everywhere? It's a good education for the price let's be realistic here. We're not attending Harvard. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I'm so glad I chose NIU. Food isnt bad (a lot of restaurants in the area, and dining halls arent as bad as people say). a lot of parties especially in when it's warm. good football team, worth visiting. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    I'm taking online classes at NIU, and 4 out of 5 professors treat these classes like an afterthought. I feel like nothing was ever updated, very old. They're not always organized, the feedback is terrible, the papers aren't graded on time, and the assignments aren't posted on time. If you're looking for online classes try another campus. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Good school but improvements needed. There are lot of great oppertunities for success but if you want to have a FUN college experience go somewhere else. Its cold, you see the same people constantly, the food sucks and most of the dorms are crap although they renovated. Do not live in neptune! it has no AC or heat. Stay in Grant or Newhall. This is by far one of the safest campuses around. Obviously there's crime considering we're by section 8 housing. BUT, on campus safety is solid. With our own police station and several emergency measures, it's pretty darn safe. I'm and Education major and get some great opportunities. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    NIU is a great school. This school is great if you want to go to a big school but dont want to live in huge/ really popular city. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    I had lots of highs and lows here. I took 8 AP tests in high school and graduated in the top 4% of my class. The only reason I came to NIU was because it was the best school I could afford. Outside of the College of Business building (which is great), the facilities are pretty bad. If you can afford to go somewhere better, do it. The campus is alright. Some of the buildings are old and gross. The food is awful. I like most of my professors. The dorms are small and cramped. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    I love it here. Honestly it is what you make of it, if you want to sit in your dorm and complain then fine but if you get involved it helps a lot. I am in a sorority and have a job and am having a lot of fun! It is your basic college with a good teaching staff and decent facilities! Huskies for Life! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Coming to NIU was the best decision I could have made. This is a good school with some very good professors. I had a great experience and education at NIU. ...Continue reading

Professor Reviews (30)


  • Class rating 1/5
    Doesn't care about anything other than the money she's paid to teach, she told us herself. She's pretty sarcastic and funny. On the other hand she doesn't give out A's like other teachers do. Coms is usually an easy A class ( I mean all you do is speeches) but not with her. She's a tough grader, and she wan't your outlines to be perfect. She docs points for about anything. She acts bitter, always saying negative things about people. Takes attendance every day. She doesn't like to approve of a lot of speech topics. She tries to make this class hard. Hard grader on speeches. Overall, I wouldn't recommend taking this class. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Awesome guy with awesome hair. Mike gives unique assignments that let you be creative and without being boring. Everyone gets 3 absences no questions asked. When Mike assigns homework, he will often assign times to work on a project (example: work on XYZ for 3 hours by Thursday) 10/10 Will Take Again. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    Think about the worst teacher you've ever had, then multiply it. On the first day, she literally LOCKED the door from the INSIDE. She told our class that she hates teaching and the only reason she teaches is for the money. She is rude, says she hates kids. After the first class, I dropped it because I could tell it was going to be bad! She doesn't care about her students! Casper's class shouldn't have been as hard as she made it. She is a tough grader and has very little empathy. I deserved an A in this class and she gave me a B. I emailed her twice for help and her responses were very unforgiving and not helpful at all. I've never rated a professor on here before but I am making an exception. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    being cool is irrelevant because she's simply not good. if you decide to take her you better be comfy with the idea of her talking smack about you behind your back. she clearly only became a teacher so she can mock, ridicule, and embarrass students. she is absolutely useless for students with anxiety and just says to get it over with. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Kate is a great teacher. She wants you to pass her class. As long as you show up to class and do the assignments on time, you will have absolutely no problem passing the class. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Weekly discussion posts, assignments, and quizzes. 3 papers and 2 exams. Exams are based off of quizzes. Instructions are very clear. Class is manageable. Lecture notes are very well written and informational. Her lecture notes are in depth so if you do ever need to miss a class, you can look at them after she posts them online. She is very knowledgeable about special education and it has helped me in the class. She also is a great resource to go to when you need help with anything. She gave us her cell phone number. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Weffer was a cool teacher, he curses when he tells stories which found funny, overall the class was cool but you dont get any study guides for any exams which I didnt like ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    1000 points worth of graded work, this instructor treats this class as if it's the only thing you have to do in life. The OM&IS department is on its knees for SAS. 2/10 would not take if not mandatory. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Padilla may seem intimidating but overall she was very nice and helpful. She doesnt reopen homework but does offer extra credit on every exam which I loved ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Paul is by far one of the best professors I've had at Northern. I feel really knowledgeable by taking his class. He has in-class participation problems , so if you don't go to class, you will miss out on those. Overall he really tries to help his students learn. Go to class, ask questions, pay attention, and the class isn't bad. Worst part is homework is graded for accuracy. But needs more teaching experience. He forgets some kids are idiots Class is passable if you attend go to office hours do homework with TAs calc 1 heavy (just the derivative part). Textbook is optional you do not need. Notes are all over the board, but all the problems on all the tests/homework are rhythmic. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    What an awful professor. This would be fine if you could reach him through email but he's off the grid and never uses any other email other than one that does not allow a student to reply. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    He is very picky when it comes to papers, you spend a lot of time watching movies that have nothing to do with the paper you are required to write and have to base the paper over the movie, even worse the movies are really old, I think the newest movie we watched was from the 1960's. They were so boring ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    If you don't care about learning physics and just want an easy A, he's your guy. Mumbles into the board with the thickest French accent, and I had no idea what was going on so I just stopped going. He gives you what is on the exams and you're allowed to have a cheat sheet. Didn't learn anything but I got an A. He never grades anything in time, takes points away if he doesn't like you, ALWAYS makes mistakes during lectures, exams are RIDICULOUS, never returns anything unless you hunt him down, doesn't care if you understand anything or not, and thinks it's funny if he uses math without explaining it. Horrible teacher. 0/10. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Sarah was a truly inspiring professor. She cares about her students in a way that not many professors do. Class had lots of discussion and movies with journals every few weeks. Pretty easy, but you learn so much. She also gave our class opportunities for undergrad publishing for our final papers. Take her if you get the chance! Class is heavy discussion, journal based with one big paper at the end. We watched a lot of really powerful media stories about prejudice. You talk a lot about various forms of oppression and how that relates to school and you learn SO MUCH! I feel much more prepared to teach students from all backgrounds ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    She is a English professor at JJc and treats this class like it's an English class . we had to do things that do not relate to education for change . If you look her reviews from JJC she doesn't have good ones there either ... she tends to come across rude or blunt which some people got offended and stopped coming . I would NOT recommend her! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    During this course my brother had passed away and she was very caring, supportive, and let me get different deadlines. A very caring teacher and also does not judge and very flexible. One of my favorite teachers at NIU ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    She's really liberal and isn't afraid to state her opinions on things. As long as you do the work and actually try you will do fine in this class. She's also pretty hot, so it's hard not to be checking her out in class, but maybe that's just me. She is very sarcastic to the point where she is rude. She rolls her eyes and catty. She treats the class like they are children and talks down to them. If your opinion on a speech topic doesn't agree with her opinion, you can't do the speech on it. I strongly advise students to not take her classes ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Honestly she is just a great teacher, very understanding, and makes what would be a rather difficult class much more manageable. She is incredibly kind and truly cares about your success in the class. There is a decent amount of assignments, but if you complete them, an A is very attainable. She is very quick with her grading and gives detailed feedback on each student's work. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Really fun teacher, makes a boring class interesting. Super easy to talk to and will work with you if you are struggling. Highly recommend! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    The Book is your friend for this class everything he does in class and on the homework is straight from the book. its pointless to show up for class for this reason. For the labs be ready to spend a few hours trying to decipher what is wanted for the write up because its copied directly from other sources and is a frenkenstine of lab guidelines. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Prof Petrenko is a good professor. He doesn't grade super harshly, and he wants the best for his students. He is knowledgeable, and his lectures do really prepare the class for the exams. He is really chill and easygoing, so he's not intimidating or anything. Overall he was well-informed, super organized, and an easy A/B if you try. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Very good guy, he's really caring and if you follow the process you will have an A. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Took stats, easy A as long as you show up for class. Very confusing but if you look up the topic it's easy to figure out on your own. If you passed stats, then the class is easy. I feel bad for the guy cause it's a hard subject to many, he has a HEAVY accent, and his tests can be difficult, therefore everyone says he's the worst. He tries his best and is actually pretty funnynice ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    AWFUL! Stares at the class silently, and clearly struggles to understand what she's teaching. Do not take her if you want to pass, plain and simple ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Professor Durian is easily my favorite college professor so far. You do complete assignments along the way, but nothing that is unattainable. Professor Durian is an excellent grader and teacher overall and is everything i'd want in a professor. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Strong-doesn't take nonsense. Show up and participate, he will take you seriously and encourage you to do well. He is very well informed will share extra info bits frequently. Also keeps the class up to date on current events that pertain to the class. Personally, he showed interest in my future-mentored my progression to law school. Great prof! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Never enjoyed English classes until I met this professor and was inspired to change my major. Helps you if you need it on papers. Barley any homework because you get to work on it in class most of the time. He works in the student writing center which is a plus as well! Definitely encourage you to take him. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Stephanie is an amazing clinical instructor. She goes out of her way to find things for her students to do/see. She has a passion for OB nursing, and that really shows. She would be an amazing OB instructor, so if you have any questions about lecture, ask her! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    She just reads from the ppt that she made from copying from the textbook and then just stares at us. She doesn't know the answers to her own problems that she gives us and has to solve them for herself and changes her own answers on multiple choice quizzes. would never recommend to someone even if their life depended on it. shes a joke ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    Homework did not prepare for the tests you are better off writing down every formula given for the allowed cheat-sheet on your tests. Test questions were far more difficult than practice problems. Lectures contain very few examples and focused rather on derivation of well known formulas. ...Continue reading

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  • Class rating 1/5
    Doesn't care about anything other than the money she's paid to teach, she told us herself. She's pretty sarcastic and funny. On the other hand she doesn't give out A's like other teachers do. Coms is usually an easy A class ( I mean all you do is speeches) but not with her. She's a tough grader, and she wan't your outlines to be perfect. She docs points for about anything. She acts bitter, always saying negative things about people. Takes attendance every day. She doesn't like to approve of a lot of speech topics. She tries to make this class hard. Hard grader on speeches. Overall, I wouldn't recommend taking this class. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Awesome guy with awesome hair. Mike gives unique assignments that let you be creative and without being boring. Everyone gets 3 absences no questions asked. When Mike assigns homework, he will often assign times to work on a project (example: work on XYZ for 3 hours by Thursday) 10/10 Will Take Again. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    Think about the worst teacher you've ever had, then multiply it. On the first day, she literally LOCKED the door from the INSIDE. She told our class that she hates teaching and the only reason she teaches is for the money. She is rude, says she hates kids. After the first class, I dropped it because I could tell it was going to be bad! She doesn't care about her students! Casper's class shouldn't have been as hard as she made it. She is a tough grader and has very little empathy. I deserved an A in this class and she gave me a B. I emailed her twice for help and her responses were very unforgiving and not helpful at all. I've never rated a professor on here before but I am making an exception. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    being cool is irrelevant because she's simply not good. if you decide to take her you better be comfy with the idea of her talking smack about you behind your back. she clearly only became a teacher so she can mock, ridicule, and embarrass students. she is absolutely useless for students with anxiety and just says to get it over with. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Kate is a great teacher. She wants you to pass her class. As long as you show up to class and do the assignments on time, you will have absolutely no problem passing the class. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Weekly discussion posts, assignments, and quizzes. 3 papers and 2 exams. Exams are based off of quizzes. Instructions are very clear. Class is manageable. Lecture notes are very well written and informational. Her lecture notes are in depth so if you do ever need to miss a class, you can look at them after she posts them online. She is very knowledgeable about special education and it has helped me in the class. She also is a great resource to go to when you need help with anything. She gave us her cell phone number. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Weffer was a cool teacher, he curses when he tells stories which found funny, overall the class was cool but you dont get any study guides for any exams which I didnt like ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    1000 points worth of graded work, this instructor treats this class as if it's the only thing you have to do in life. The OM&IS department is on its knees for SAS. 2/10 would not take if not mandatory. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Padilla may seem intimidating but overall she was very nice and helpful. She doesnt reopen homework but does offer extra credit on every exam which I loved ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Paul is by far one of the best professors I've had at Northern. I feel really knowledgeable by taking his class. He has in-class participation problems , so if you don't go to class, you will miss out on those. Overall he really tries to help his students learn. Go to class, ask questions, pay attention, and the class isn't bad. Worst part is homework is graded for accuracy. But needs more teaching experience. He forgets some kids are idiots Class is passable if you attend go to office hours do homework with TAs calc 1 heavy (just the derivative part). Textbook is optional you do not need. Notes are all over the board, but all the problems on all the tests/homework are rhythmic. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    What an awful professor. This would be fine if you could reach him through email but he's off the grid and never uses any other email other than one that does not allow a student to reply. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    He is very picky when it comes to papers, you spend a lot of time watching movies that have nothing to do with the paper you are required to write and have to base the paper over the movie, even worse the movies are really old, I think the newest movie we watched was from the 1960's. They were so boring ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    If you don't care about learning physics and just want an easy A, he's your guy. Mumbles into the board with the thickest French accent, and I had no idea what was going on so I just stopped going. He gives you what is on the exams and you're allowed to have a cheat sheet. Didn't learn anything but I got an A. He never grades anything in time, takes points away if he doesn't like you, ALWAYS makes mistakes during lectures, exams are RIDICULOUS, never returns anything unless you hunt him down, doesn't care if you understand anything or not, and thinks it's funny if he uses math without explaining it. Horrible teacher. 0/10. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Sarah was a truly inspiring professor. She cares about her students in a way that not many professors do. Class had lots of discussion and movies with journals every few weeks. Pretty easy, but you learn so much. She also gave our class opportunities for undergrad publishing for our final papers. Take her if you get the chance! Class is heavy discussion, journal based with one big paper at the end. We watched a lot of really powerful media stories about prejudice. You talk a lot about various forms of oppression and how that relates to school and you learn SO MUCH! I feel much more prepared to teach students from all backgrounds ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    She is a English professor at JJc and treats this class like it's an English class . we had to do things that do not relate to education for change . If you look her reviews from JJC she doesn't have good ones there either ... she tends to come across rude or blunt which some people got offended and stopped coming . I would NOT recommend her! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    During this course my brother had passed away and she was very caring, supportive, and let me get different deadlines. A very caring teacher and also does not judge and very flexible. One of my favorite teachers at NIU ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    She's really liberal and isn't afraid to state her opinions on things. As long as you do the work and actually try you will do fine in this class. She's also pretty hot, so it's hard not to be checking her out in class, but maybe that's just me. She is very sarcastic to the point where she is rude. She rolls her eyes and catty. She treats the class like they are children and talks down to them. If your opinion on a speech topic doesn't agree with her opinion, you can't do the speech on it. I strongly advise students to not take her classes ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Honestly she is just a great teacher, very understanding, and makes what would be a rather difficult class much more manageable. She is incredibly kind and truly cares about your success in the class. There is a decent amount of assignments, but if you complete them, an A is very attainable. She is very quick with her grading and gives detailed feedback on each student's work. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Really fun teacher, makes a boring class interesting. Super easy to talk to and will work with you if you are struggling. Highly recommend! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    The Book is your friend for this class everything he does in class and on the homework is straight from the book. its pointless to show up for class for this reason. For the labs be ready to spend a few hours trying to decipher what is wanted for the write up because its copied directly from other sources and is a frenkenstine of lab guidelines. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Prof Petrenko is a good professor. He doesn't grade super harshly, and he wants the best for his students. He is knowledgeable, and his lectures do really prepare the class for the exams. He is really chill and easygoing, so he's not intimidating or anything. Overall he was well-informed, super organized, and an easy A/B if you try. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Very good guy, he's really caring and if you follow the process you will have an A. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Took stats, easy A as long as you show up for class. Very confusing but if you look up the topic it's easy to figure out on your own. If you passed stats, then the class is easy. I feel bad for the guy cause it's a hard subject to many, he has a HEAVY accent, and his tests can be difficult, therefore everyone says he's the worst. He tries his best and is actually pretty funnynice ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    AWFUL! Stares at the class silently, and clearly struggles to understand what she's teaching. Do not take her if you want to pass, plain and simple ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Professor Durian is easily my favorite college professor so far. You do complete assignments along the way, but nothing that is unattainable. Professor Durian is an excellent grader and teacher overall and is everything i'd want in a professor. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Strong-doesn't take nonsense. Show up and participate, he will take you seriously and encourage you to do well. He is very well informed will share extra info bits frequently. Also keeps the class up to date on current events that pertain to the class. Personally, he showed interest in my future-mentored my progression to law school. Great prof! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Never enjoyed English classes until I met this professor and was inspired to change my major. Helps you if you need it on papers. Barley any homework because you get to work on it in class most of the time. He works in the student writing center which is a plus as well! Definitely encourage you to take him. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Stephanie is an amazing clinical instructor. She goes out of her way to find things for her students to do/see. She has a passion for OB nursing, and that really shows. She would be an amazing OB instructor, so if you have any questions about lecture, ask her! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    She just reads from the ppt that she made from copying from the textbook and then just stares at us. She doesn't know the answers to her own problems that she gives us and has to solve them for herself and changes her own answers on multiple choice quizzes. would never recommend to someone even if their life depended on it. shes a joke ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    Homework did not prepare for the tests you are better off writing down every formula given for the allowed cheat-sheet on your tests. Test questions were far more difficult than practice problems. Lectures contain very few examples and focused rather on derivation of well known formulas. ...Continue reading


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