Northeastern Illinois University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (5)
The University really excels at its business education. They are sure to employ professors with Global business experience to provide students with a well-rounded education and an incredible wealth of knowledge. There are numerous opportunities for real-world experience. They also provide credit for life and career experience which is very helpful.
Great school. Good location. Commuter school - but I guess they are building dorms in the area now. Classes during the day and night. Small and diverse. Celebrates cultures. Understands that a lot of the students that attend the school are working or parents - they work with you and your schedule for the most part. Great on the budget although you do get what you pay for.. Hidden fees, long lines and long wait, small staff. Have to figure things out yourself and do it all yourself. Plus they need more parking.
I was very happy with my college experience. The smaller size of the programs insured that I received plenty of attention from my professors, which was the most important aspect to me. I would suggest trying to set up a housing system for the school. The lack of dorms/apartments was the only negative.
Although there are some excellent professors, especially in some programs like music and the natural sciences, many others are obviously incompetent - haven't read anything in their respective fields in years, have lowered standards to high school or even grade school levels, there are way too many classes where you can pass or even get As just for showing up without any weapons. I had one graduate level reading class in teachers ed where the only requirement was that we read four children's books, and the class negotiated that downward. We spent every day hearing that we shouldn't teach to tests, then we would hear the answers to some multiple choice test we didn't actually take. That was the entire class. I had a sociology professor who was clearly just making stuff up. She told us one day the the word, picnic, was racist, even after a student showed her that the etymology was French. I had a Criminal Justice professor who got his degree from an online fake college (he bragged about it in class!). The problem of being in a program with very low academic standards isn't obvious while you're in the program, it was very easy to do while working full time, but the reputation of the school is so poor that except for the Chicago Public Schools, you can't use a degree to even get in the door at any suburban public or metropolitan area private schools. One principal even told me, apologetically, in their experience "too many NEIU graduates aren't adequately literate." Ouch. A couple of years before I started the program, I ignored the news that the school was in accreditation trouble in a couple of programs like social work and education. Their solution for education where an unforgivable high percentage were failing certification tests was that undergrad ed students weren't classified as education majors until after successfully passing the certification exam...thus converting the program to close to 100% passing (and how that wasn't 100% I don't know), all those who failed weren't technically education majors! The internship program was terrible, I basically taught a CPS class by myself without supervision while the full time "teacher" hid in the teachers lounge on the days she even showed up. In all fairness, I did learn a lot in that trial by fire, from the students who actually appreciated someone in the classroom who was trying, no matter how ineptly. I did get a job as a CPS sub but I could have gotten that with just my math undergraduate degree, I later got a good teaching gig after I got an M.A. from a real college, again in math, but I also challenged the teaching certification exam (which you can do without an education degree I only found out after NEIU) and passed. I would advise any potential students to weigh the pros and cons here. It's an easy school with very low standards, so if you're working your way through, that is something to think about. It's also pretty cheap, I found their financial aid department to be difficult but I was able to pay for most of my tuition from savings and work paychecks. On the other hand, the reputation of the school among area employers and universities (if you want to go farther in education) is dismal. I would say, all in all, NEIU is not a wise investment, except for a few specific programs (Natural Sciences, History, Music Education seemed to be programs with much higher standards than the rest of the college).
Choosing to attend Northeastern Illinois University was one of the best investments that I have ever made. In the Special Education program specifically, each professor I had the privilege to learn from was a role model to me. Each professor had experience working in the classroom but also showed the additional positions I could strive for when I am ready to exit the schools but continue to work in the field. For example, some teachers were advocates for families, therapists, ran their own businesses such as behavior intervention, and served as consultants for families to ensure that their child were receiving the best supports possible. The availability to connect with my professors were always present and I feel that each teacher saw my potential and ensured that I reached or maximized that potential through my work. I met a variety of individuals throughout my courses and really appreciated the diversity the city of Chicago truly holds. I grew up in the suburbs and have always wanted to be close to the city. Northeastern allowed me to do that at my own comfort level. I had to commute which was challenging at times, but I was not yet ready to be completely independent from my own family. Northeastern truly shows their commitment to YOUR educational success and does what it can to congratulate you in any way possible. For example, through scholarships, entrance to the honor society, and on the dean's list. I really cherish my experience at Northeastern and I hope that if you would like to become a teacher, this is the school for you.