Northern Illinois University Reviews

  • 15 Reviews
  • Dekalb (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,617
93% of 15 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 15 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Elizabeth Meyer
  • Reviewed: 6/16/2019
  • Degree:
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Northern Illinois University was a means to getting my degree. It is located close to the Chicagoland area, so I was able to feel the college independence, while still getting support from my family. My parents both graduated from Northern Illinois University, as well. Their prior experience helped me navigate through N.I.U.'s system. It is a big university, so I had to get used to being a number, rather than a name. Like any bigger institution, I had to design my own smaller community of friends and colleagues. Eventually, I was able to manage and navigate through the systems of support I needed to be successful. Given my learning disability, I found support in the Student Support Services Department. They gave me more individual attention in areas I needed; for example, the test taking center and writing center. When I needed more career advice, I went to the Career Planning and Placement Center and met a counselor who really listened and guided me in a new direction. All in all, I needed to learn how to navigate N.I.U.'s educational system. Once I did, I was better able to be successful in my program. To be a greater part of the N.I.U. experience, I also got involved with Alpha Phi Omega. This is a co-ed service fraternity. APO focused on volunteer work, fellowship and leadership, and it succeeded in getting me more involved and building these skills within me. For example. through my APO experience, I attended a Leadership Seminar at another university. I also served as the leader of the Philanthropy Committee and raised funds to support a local domestic violence center. These experiences helped to build a well-rounded resume and, eventually, helped land me my first professional position."
Lorrie Hill
  • Reviewed: 7/16/2018
  • Degree: Special Education
  • Graduation Year: 1994
"My classes at NIU were all geared to what I needed to complete my degree for special ed in the area of TMH/SP. Since then I have completed my masters at NIU and have endorsements to teach pre-k thru 21 special education in all areas and masters in elementary education."
Kimberly Reiner
  • Reviewed: 9/3/2017
  • Degree: Mathematics
  • Graduation Year: 2007
"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."
Sana Hasan
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
  • Reviewed: 3/18/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
John George
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2017
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
Kaylin Kindred
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Special Education
  • Graduation Year: 2003
"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."
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"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."