Chicago, IL
North Park University


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

First of all I suggest to look at the size of the school and see if that fits. If you want a big school experience, and want ...

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

First of all I suggest to look at the size of the school and see if that fits. If you want a big school experience, and want to have a ton of people everywhere then look for those types of schools. If you want a small school setting, where it's more intimate with the professor that can make a huge difference in your whole college experience. Another thing to look for are the types of programs and classes that they offer for your major. And if the school is good at getting people internships in areas that have to do with your major.

What's unique about your campus?

The people here are so nice. It makes it easy to fit in wherever you are at on campus. You don't always have to be with friends becuase everyone is friendly and it's small so you know most of the people.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It's really expensive, and it's just hard to come up with the money to pay for it.

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

The diversity...the community-driven image it strives for... I like that, even though it's a Christian/private institution, t...

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

The diversity...the community-driven image it strives for... I like that, even though it's a Christian/private institution, the rules/standards are lax enough that the student really does have to intentionally choose their behaviors/beliefs/activities...in other words, there are no unreasonably strict/uptight rules about required participation, dress, visiting hours, sexuality, religion, etc... the openness of the campus makes it a unique community. I'm just saying that because the admissions office spoon-feeds it to prospective students, its true.

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

Find an institution that you know will challenge you and push you out of your comfort zone, specifically the area with which you're the least familiar (location, size, level of intensity, etc...). This is a crucial time to grow and may be strongly hindered by attending a college that is more or less a repeat of your high school experience. Embrace the "fresh start" - academically, socially, and emotionally. Plan and prepare - start forming a mental image of *who* you want to be, *what* kind of friend you want to be, *how* you want others to percieve you, *who* you want to be friends with, *how* to accomplish these things. Finally, always be flexible and do not be thrown off by surprises or things that may not have fit into your orginal plan... I've never heard anybody regret their initial (and intentional) outgoingness when first arriving/meeting people. Finally, keep "facebooking" people beforehand to a minimum...its okay to befriend them and start casual/superficial conversation, but 9 times out of 10 anything beyond that is a recipe for painful awkwardness. Have fun!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

A fickle administration... odd decision-making to try to respond to an increasing bar in terms of campus safety when we're located in a dense urban area and crime/violence is an inevitable reality...while disregarding other, more pressing needs. Way too much is invested in a presently and historically pitiful athletic program for all sports but Soccer.

Emm
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

North Park University is known as a small, Christian university placed in an extremely diverse neighborhood in Chicago, IL. ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

North Park University is known as a small, Christian university placed in an extremely diverse neighborhood in Chicago, IL. It is a school that although Christian in roots does not force a belief on any of the students attending. Most students living on campus come from strong faith backgrounds however there are also a fair amount of students with no faith backgrounds which is unique to a Christian college. North Park's focus is not on evangelizing in the traditional sense but instead, living the word by serving those locally and internationally.

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

The best advice when looking into school that I ever received was to make sure to not just go on a campus visit but stay over-night in the dorms so you can really get a feel for what the social aspect is like. Know what you are looking for; big or small, religious or secular, this will help in the early stages of college decisions. Try not to go to a school where all your friends from high school will attend, getting out of your comfort zone will do so much for you! As clich? as it sounds, when visiting look for the school that when on campus feels right, that feels comfortable. Also, if you are not accepted into your first choice, try not to get to down on yourself, no matter where you go, if your living on campus you will learn so much and grow more than you ever imagined. Finally, try not to focus on all the money your spending, college is one of the best investments and is well worth it, so don't make your decision fully on cost.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

North Park is unique in comparison to the traditional Christian school, which is why non-Christians can be very happy at North Park. However, a student who is looking to attend a large school with frat parties on the weekend will be disappointed in North Park. North Park is a smaller institution and all ?partying? is considerably more laid back. Although available, alcohol and drugs are less prevalent than at secular schools. In addition someone who is unwilling to live in a very diverse urban neighborhood should not attend North Park.

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

The advice I would give parents and students in finding the right college is in a few questions. Where do you see yourself a...

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

The advice I would give parents and students in finding the right college is in a few questions. Where do you see yourself after you leave college? Will you stick around the area and use your degree? How do you see yourself blossoming as a person in those four years and is that something that you want to happen?

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

The lack of involvement of University Ministries in Academia life; as well as the lack of academic prestige and academic focus by the students and faculty.

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

It is in Chicago and the area surrounding campus is the most diverse zip code in the country speaking in ethicity terms.

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

make sure you know what you want. small school or big one? christian or secular? big city or college town? if you know these,...

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

make sure you know what you want. small school or big one? christian or secular? big city or college town? if you know these, you can probably find a university that has them. and make sure to ask a lot of questions! the more info you get to start with, the better your enrollment experience will be.

What's unique about your campus?

they are so welcoming. and small. and everyone genuinely wants you to be here. it's an intentionally christian university, so i can get that aspect as well as the big city feel. in short, it's a perfect fit for me!

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

the community suffers a lot because there are few places to congregate and the activities do not take into account the schedules of the commuters very well.

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

In my personal experience, the college selection process was based primarily on location and majors. As prepare to enter my ...

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

In my personal experience, the college selection process was based primarily on location and majors. As prepare to enter my junior year I am so happy that I took location largely into consideration. In high school I had a desire to see new places, live among new people and cultures and learn to be independent meaning in a place where I had no friends or family to rely on. The way I look at it is that once one graduates from college the main focus is to begin a career so why not explore and experiment in your young adult years as a college student. I am so thankful for choosing this university, located in urban America. My desires have been fulfilled and I feel through challenging myself I have grown into a better me. So, parents and students, as you get ready to decide which school to attend remember to keep things in focus. These years are monumental, monumental in a sense that you can put yourself into an environment where as you learn academically you also learn personally. Challenge yourself to be a better you.

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

I wish I would have known how single minded this campus is and how unorganized and unhelpful the financial aid/ student services departments are.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

You should not attend this school if you are looking for a liberal, party school. Also, this is a school where you are challenged quite frequently to know who you are and where you stand. If you are not strong in that then you could have a lot of difficulty adapting.

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