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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.150 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.159 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.158 responses
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- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.184 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.230 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.109 responses
Northern Illinois University Reviews
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So far I haven't enjoyed my time here. Unless you are a partier or an athlete there isn't much opportunity to meet people in a fun environment. There also isn't a very large LGBTQ community. Dekalb is you typical small midwest town, in that it's conservative set in its' ways. The dorm you choose is very important! Neptune is great because you are so close to classes, however, the floors are so large that it is difficult to form relationships with the people you live with. The other dorms seem more social, however, they are pretty far from most classes.
I do not like that Northern Illinois University has so many graduate students teaching classes. From my experience, they don't really care because they're so busy with pursuing their own education. They don't take the extra time to answer questions, help prepare students for tests, or teach everything that is essential to succeed ( they tell you to go read the book and yet there's so much extra time in class that they could use to teach ). Aesthetically, Northern Illinois University's not appealing. They could definitely update their buildings, hire landscapers to plant pretty plants, paint, keep all cafeteria's sanitary, and pick up trash. Sometimes the atmosphere feels depressing just because it's so gloomy/dirty looking.
Inexpensive quality education, particularly in business, with satellite campuses around the Chicago area. Great football team with a nice looking campus -- where there is a mix of historical and new buildings. Dekalb and Sycamore itself have more of a city/suburb feel respectively, giving students lots of choices for dining, entertainment, and shopping. For suburban students, the campus is also reasonably close enough to take weekend trips home when desired.