Chicago, IL
North Park University


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Recent Reviews

Laura
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The greatest piece of advice I can give regarding choosing the right college, is to visit. A college visit is really the onl...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The greatest piece of advice I can give regarding choosing the right college, is to visit. A college visit is really the only way you can get a true feel of what it would be like to attend a school. It allows you to see what kinds of people go there, how the classes are, what it feels like to walk around campus, things that a viewbook can't always accurately describe. After going on a few college visits, it definitely reduced the number of schools that I applied to, as I had discovered that I didn't really care for the atmosphere I experienced while there. In order to make the most of the college experience, I would advise getting involved and stepping out of your comfort zone. The best way to transition well into college, is to meet new people. Signing up for clubs and groups, getting involved in intramural sports, and trying something that you may not have previously considered doing is the best way to jump right into college, and where I met most of my best friends. Don't travel home every weekend, because it limits your ability to make solid friendships.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about my school is the fact that you don't see the same kids all the time. Though enrollment's fifteen hundred students, you don't interact much with upperclassmen living in on-campus houses and apartments. In the cafeteria and dorms, however, if you don't want to run into someone , chances are pretty high that you still will. If you hooked-up with someone, you can bet that you'll see them the next day. This makes awkward situations common, but if you don't mind them, its a pretty entertaining place to go.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person attending this school should want a smaller college atmosphere, with an excellent professor-student ratio, and great individual attention. The school's location in Chicago makes it perfect for anyone wanting to be in a world-class city, while not being right downtown, which eases securtiy concerns, but merely a short "L" ride away. This school is a great fit for anyone who likes being social and meeting new people, with different backgrounds and experiences. Also, while students are studious, most are not completely consumed with studying twenty-four seven, as at some schools.

Jorden
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think college is such a formational time in ones life and not to mention a very expensive part of ones life. When looking f...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think college is such a formational time in ones life and not to mention a very expensive part of ones life. When looking for the right college you have to find the right one that you feel most conected with. There is no reason for you to spend +$20,000 a year to go to a place where you are not happy. So my advice to anyone searching for a school would be visit the school and ask current students what they really really like and what they really really dislike about the university. When you are listening to the answers weigh the importance of the things they are sharing. One last thing I would impart is that if a school really fits you and they have a weaker program in your field maybe you should try the school and wait out at least one semester. Sometimes when you visit and you feel like it is right the major you want to study may not be the major you want to finish in.

What kind of person should attend this school?

North Park seems to be a great school for every person.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I love to tell my friends how my school is in Chicago that is a huge thing for me. I also brag about our rec. center!

Tim
Describe the students at your school.

Focused on their studies, relationships, and the community equally. Being a part of the community on campus is just as impor...

Describe the students at your school.

Focused on their studies, relationships, and the community equally. Being a part of the community on campus is just as important as getting a good grade.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Figure out who you are before you figure out what college is right for you. You cannot go into a college or university setting not knowing what type of person you are or want to be. Also, it is not worth attending a school unless it is the one you want to be at. Going for family ties or cheap tuition is a quick way to figure out you're at the wrong school.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

People are just as friendly as advertised, and professors really do care. Don't worry about whats going to happen before you get there.

kyle
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Research, research, research. And college visits. No matter how perfectly you think a college fits you, if the college camp...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Research, research, research. And college visits. No matter how perfectly you think a college fits you, if the college campus and campus life doesn't excite you, you aren't going to enjoy yourself.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Anything. I didn't know anything before I came out here. It would have been nice to know something

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person that thinks that religion is completely false and thinks they can skate through their work and still end up with good grades

Rebecca
Describe the students at your school.

They are friendly and diverse.

Describe the students at your school.

They are friendly and diverse.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Being a diverse Christian school in an urban setting that allows people from all backgrounds to attend, including religion.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell them to look at as many schools as possible so that they can find the right one for them.

Katie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go where you want to go regardless. Live your life to the fullest of its potential. Find a school that would change you int...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go where you want to go regardless. Live your life to the fullest of its potential. Find a school that would change you into a better person to help the world. Don't allow anything to stop you from your dreams. Seek after the dreams and go change the world. The college you pick should help you do this.

What kind of person should attend this school?

a liberal Christian seeking to learn how to serve people and live a life of significance and service

Brian
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

North Park is one of the only urban Christian universities in the country.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

North Park is one of the only urban Christian universities in the country.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important advice for students searching for their future college is that the best way to know if a college is right for you is to visit. When you walk on any college campus you will immediately begin to notice aspects of the campus that impress you and others that don't impress. Take careful note of the qualities of, and the programs on each campus that you both like and dislike. College visits begin to run together in your head and it will be difficult to remember each campus accurately if you don't take notes. Parents, allow your students to make their choice based on the aspects of the campus that are important to them. Although you have an important part in this decision as well you will probably paying for some or most of the experience, it is important that the student make the decision. Counsel your student to make the best decision they can based on all the information gathered in the college visits. Ultimately, it is the student who will have to deal with the consequences of the college decision so it is important that they choose the right school for them.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about North Park is that it is a liberal Christian university. There are very few rules regarding lifestyle or interaction with each other and the world. It makes North Park feel like a real college rather than a Christian bubble.

Jeremy
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice I can give is to really research a school before you plan to attend that school. I f you are planning on majo...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice I can give is to really research a school before you plan to attend that school. I f you are planning on majoring in Science, go check out the science labs. I fyou plan on majoring in art go check out the art studio. Plan a visit to the campus where you can stay for a few days to really get a feel for what campus life is really like. Also go to a school that is a comfortable distance away. I am from California and go to school in Chicago, airplane tickets are expensive, so this distance was a little inconvienent. The best advice though is to be involved, if your not involved then you don't meet people and if you don't meet people then you don't make friends. One of the main reasons college is sooooo expensive is because you are not only paying for an education but also for the job connections you will make during this time.

What's unique about your campus?

One of the best things about North Park is the class sizes. I went to a community college with 500 people plus per class. I never once got a chance to talk to the teacher and was just a number in the system. At North Park you get to really know your teachers and they really get to know you. Students really get a hands on education.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

One of the things about a small school is they don't offer all of the classes you want to take ant the same time. I wanted to take some art classes but because I am a chemistry major those classes were scheduled at the same time.

Ian
Describe the students at your school.

My fellow classmates are usually kind people who love the university.

Describe the students at your school.

My fellow classmates are usually kind people who love the university.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college takes a variety of parts to really make the appropriate choice. I at first was only focused on the academic side of my choice, and that is indeed essential. College is also a time when many people make the moves and decisions that will be for the rest of their lives. I think therefore it is just as essential to chose a place that is the right climate to habituate us into the things or virtues that we would need for the rest of their lives. For example, you may want to go to school for philosophy, and you could go to a school with a excellent reputation is philosophy; or you could choose a school as well provides the right conditions in which the learning of the subject into something that becomes something so much fuller. Also as a personal recommendation, choose a school where not only are there quality teachers but those that have enough time. My most impactful times of learning have not been in the classroom with the teacher, but outside of it, when you can not only be taught, but mentored. That is really the essence of learning.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone shouldn't attend the university if they aren't interested in the liberal arts education.

Christopher
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a grate place for learning.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a grate place for learning.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell parents to help there childern do ther homework on the school they are thinking about going to and if posble visit the schools to get a better I idea of what goes on at that school. I would allso tell studtes to do there homework and find out as mouch as thay can about the school before applaying. I would allso advice students not to just applay to one school in hopes that they will get it but, rather apply to two or three that way if a school says no , then there are still some posable doors oppen.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Students do not take advangen of the area they live in

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