Northern Illinois University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (13)
I liked studying mathematics; however, I found the degree to be absolutely useless. There were no jobs when I graduated, and I had to go back to school to get a teaching license in order to do something with this degree. Career services were the absolute worse.
Overall, I would say that I am incredibly satisfied with the quality of education I was able to receive at NIU. Many of the professors in the health science department are practicing clinicians who add a depth of perspective to the classroom experience. The campus is diverse and offers a wide range of research and extracurricular activities for students to engage in. In addition to that, NIU often hosts adaptive sporting events and various seminars regarding people with disabilities, exposing students to a variety of practical and hands on experiences.
Northern Illinois University is a very diverse campus. The networking opportunities are various and the people are genuine. The psychology program has some amazing and dedicated professors who are willing to go out of their way to help you succeed and prevail in the courses as well as in your future career. For me, the main influence in my undergraduate collegiate careers was my Industrial Organizational Psychology professor, Dr. Lisa Finkelstein. Although, I had no interest in her particular field of study, she provided me with the necessary resources, encouragement, and guidance to fulling my own personal career goals. In general, you get out of the school and program what you put into it. Try to get to know your professors, know some of the people who are taking the same courses as you, as well as some of the graduate students in your program. All of these people can help guide you into making the best decision that fits you specifically.
NIU's engineering program set me on a great path towards career development and helped me be prepared for graduate school. The engineering program at NIU has been improving its ranking year-after-year and, yet, still remains an underrated gem of a program. You will work just as hard, if not harder, than the much larger and more developed programs in the state and will learn just as much if not more. The professors are hit-or-miss, but have been greatly improving year-after-year with new, younger, and much more intuitive professors coming in. Now that I am a graduate student in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University, I look back on my experiences at NIU and I am proud to have been a student there and to have learned as much as I have.
NIU is a pretty good school and is a bit cheaper compared to other state schools. The campus is moderately safe however, crime in the area have picked up a bit throughout the last four years. The school provides many resources for the students to succeed, but it is up to the students to seek them out. I gave "quality of instruction" 3/5 stars due to the fact that there were a handful of teachers who didn't show any concern for their students and if they were grasping the information. Overall the location was beneficial to me because I was an hour or so away from home and many other students who lived in Illinois were about an hour or so away from their hometowns as well.
I thought this was a great University. It was the perfect size to give the university feel it small enough to be comfortable. I feel like I had a good education at this college. there are many activities to do as well.
I liked my college experience for the most part. It was close enough to home. However, a lot of people would go home for the weekends therefore labeling the school as a "suitcase" college. The campus was nice and the so was the town. There is a downtown DeKalb right off of campus with some nice restaurants and town bars.
Best choice I have ever made to go there. I got a great a great education for an affordable price, my professors genuinely cared, and it opened so many doors for me and my future.
I could not have made a better college choice! Northern Illinois University (NIU) was a wonderful university to attend! The faculty and students were a pleasure to work with. The variety of classes and cultures on campus was rewarding. The surrounding community was very supportive of our athletic teams, and activities going on. Our motto "Forward, Together Forward" was founded after a horrific tragedy on campus, and the experience truly brought us closer together. I am so proud to be an NIU alumni! Go Huskies!
The classes were a mixed bag but mostly good, or at least as good as the effort you put into them. The career services department is worse than useless, unless you're from one of the four or five majors they care about. If you are studying engineering, business, nursing, or teaching, you'll be fine. Otherwise you will get no help at all.