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Founded in 1895, Northern Illinois University. is a Public college. Located in Illinois, which is a city setting in Illinois, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 14,079 full time undergraduate students, and 4,936 full time graduate students.
The Northern Illinois University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 824 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Northern Illinois University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at NIU are considered Selective, with ,75% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 12 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
70% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 33% were in the top quarter, and 11% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Northern Illinois University.
213 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.
173 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
228 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.
242 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.
243 Students rated class size 4 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.
241 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
240 Students rated local services 4 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.
243 Students rated academics 4 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.
90 Students rated Northern Illinois University
So far, I love where I am and I like the school. It feels like it is where I am meant to be right now. This has what I need for my career and the teachers and staff can help me with most things and are usually very understanding. I like where I am right now.
The overall experience at Northern will be exactly what you make it. If you are very social this will be fairly easy for you. In my personal experience I am involved on campus, but I do tend to stay to myself. My reason being the fact that most students already have their affiliations. The best part about attending NIU is the advising department. If I did not have my advisor I would literally be nothing.
my opinion on northern Illinois, it seems like an excellent school and overall very well spoken about. the campus was great, and the classes were great but the only thing I do know I really like is the rooms. the rooms weren't the best, maybe a little bigger but I will probably live off campus. but the environment is pretty good so far
Northern Illinois University is a great choice for me. Their art program is one of the best in the state and I also have the opportunity to pursue English as my minor. Because I commute, I don't know much about the overall campus life however my classes were perfect this semester. I am unsure if I will be staying at NIU but if I do it will be because of its affordability. The diversity at NIU is great as well. I believe I will graduate easily if I continue my path at NIU.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Northern Illinois University is 51%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I have learned a lot of things about myself from my college experience. I learned that I can do anything that I put my mind to. I have gotten leadership skills. I became more outgoing and social. I was a shy person before but now I am the one who asks more questions in class and I am involved in a few activites on campus. I also learned to rely on myself and not on my parents since I live on campus. I am confident in myself and my abilities.
Diverse, friendly, and willing to help each other.
I really enjoy the people I attend classes with, work with, and study under. People are very caring.
The diversity here and how intelligent the teachers and staff are.
I think that the worst thing about my school is trying to get into many of the required classes. There are often only one or two of each class offered and it is difficult to get those spaces.
my school requires a lot of hard work and dedication.
Anyone can attend this school and be successful as long as they are not lazy and have the desire to do well. there is truly something for everyone as long as they are disciplined.
I wish I had known that this is a "backpack" school; meaning most students go home on the weekends. It is important that if you plan on staying on campus during the weekends that you find a group to get involved with, otherwise the only options for fun are the bars.
People that like to go out and party a lot shouldn't go to Northern Illinois University.
Northern Illinois University is known for the value of its Law School. Its outstanding value in other academic areas, and the closeness of the community between the faculty and the students. Another thing is that NIU student stick together.
This school is very diversite fill with people who came from another countries. So far, there are welcoming and kind.
There was a lack of parking by classes for general education.
Like any other college, NIU has its problems. The biggest ones that stand out to me are the scams, recreation center, student employment, and campus safety. With all of the problems affecting every student, there is still a high amount of pride among fellow huskies. I personally hated my first semester here but after meeting new people I ended up loving it. The students are what make this school and you have to be social to truly enjoy attending NIU.
There is a stereotype that Northern Illinois is the "Dirty D" and you have to watch your back on campus. This is false. There are incidences that the media covers but what they don't emphasize on is that they are incidences with people that know each other, and 9 times out of ten they are not even students of NIU. Im a white 21 year old female and I see DeKalb as my home. I am comfortable here and don't ever feel unsafe on campus.
During my two years here, I have only had one professor that I had problems with. Every other professor I had has been amazing and truly what any student would look for in a college professor. ;
NIU does a great job at keeping many activities available to students. Every week an email goes out to all students informing them of that weeks events including their times and location. Greek life is a big thing with younger students but older students tend to avoid it. Generally partying is on the weekends although it is not uncome for weekday parties to occur. Dating has taken a step in the new age on a site known as collegejunkee.com.
You can't take on persons opinion on this matter and it is best to come for a visit (non tour) and find out for yourself.
But for the most part I would say its true.
I have had quite a few memorable professors in my two years here. Only one has had a negative impact on my experience with the professors but the good ones easily make up for that. Many take the time to get to know your name and will go out of their way to help you.
Since I do not have friday classes, my weekend may start on a thursday. If not thursday then fridays I usually sleep in, study, workout, relax, go out with friends and then repeat untill sunday.
The food on and around campus that are not part of NIU's dining plan are good for the most part. Wide variety, decent prices and good hours. As for dining, it is always good to remember "if you dont use it, you lose it". By this I mean if you do not spend your weekly amount on your food plan, the money will just be taken from you anyways. The best dining food is at stevenson which can be a long walk if you live at neptune which is the worst dorm when it comes to food. The other dorms fall right in between for their dining options.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
96% of students
attending Northern Illinois University receive some sort of financial aid.
48% were awarded federal grants.
While 70% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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Total On Campus
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