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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.158 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.157 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.183 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.229 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.
I appreciated the fact that throughout my master's program, the majority of my professors had experience as top level educational administration, particularly both principals and superintendents. This provided a deeper understanding of the expectations of principals from each perspective. In addition, progressing through the program with a cohort allowed all of us to build solid relationships to assist us in managing the expectations of full time work in addition to graduate level courses and internship training. I am proud to say that I am a graduate of Northern Illinois' Educational Administration program.