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Northern Illinois University
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  • 4 Year
  • DEKALB, IL

Northern Illinois University Campus Life

Housing

Dorms
grade C+
Based on housing cost, capacity, student reviews and additional factors.
On-Campus Housing Available
Yes
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus
No
Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Undergrads in College Housing
No data available  
Average Housing Cost
No data available  
Poll
56%
of students say overall dorm quality is great. 135 responses
Poll
62%
of students say the dorms' social atmosphere is great. 245 responses

Food

Campus Food
grade B
Based on meal plan cost and student reviews on the food.
Meal Plan Available
Yes
Average Meal Plan Cost
No data available  
Poll
What are the best food options on campus?
Based on 393 responses
  • New Hall Community Center Dining
    19%
  • Chipotle
    14%
  • Gilbert Hall
    12%
  • Dog Pound Deli
    12%
  • Panda Express
    7%
  • Stevenson
    7%
  • Potbelly
    6%
54%
of students highly rate the dining facilities. 155 responses

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Campus Quality

Campus
grade C minus
Based on quality of housing, food services, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Life
grade B minus
Based on campus diversity, social scene, student reviews, and additional factors.
Poll
What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?
Based on 121 responses
  • I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
    21%
  • I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
    59%
  • The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
    17%
  • I hate my school and have no school spirit.
    3%

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Safety

Safety
grade C
Based on crimes on campus, local area crime rates, and student reviews.
Poll
59%
of students say they feel extremely safe and secure on campus. 160 responses
Poll
How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?
Based on 115 responses
  • You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
    31%
  • Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
    51%
  • You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
    12%
  • If you don't partake, you're left out.
    5%
Poll
How visible are the campus police on campus?
Based on 126 responses
  • Extremely present and willing to assist students.
    37%
  • There if you need them but not overbearing.
    49%
  • Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
    11%
  • Not very visible.
    1%
  • We have campus police?
    2%

Sports

Poll
How popular are varsity sports on campus?
Based on 249 responses
  • Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
    9%
  • Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
    67%
  • Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
    22%
  • No one pays attention to varsity sports.
    2%
Men's Varsity Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
All Track Combined, Basketball, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Clubs & Activities

Clubs Offered
No data available  
Music
No data available  
Poll
What are your favorite campus events or traditions?
Based on 141 responses
  • Homecoming
    26%
  • Tailgating
    18%
  • NIU Cares Day
    17%
  • The Kissing Bench
    8%
  • Community Service Committee Events
    7%
  • Take Back the Night
    7%
  • IFC Tugs
    4%

Scholarship

Party Scene

Party Scene
grade A minus
Based on access to bars and student reviews on the party scene.
Poll
What is the party scene like on campus?
Based on 167 responses
  • Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
    4%
  • Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
    41%
  • Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
    34%
  • Good parties are few and far between.
    10%
  • Parties? What parties?
    11%
Poll
What is the biggest party event of the year?
Based on 101 responses
  • Homecoming
    28%
  • Convo party
    16%
  • All homecoming week the tailgaiting pregame & part
    14%
  • Football Games
    14%
  • Homecoming Football Games
    11%
  • Halloween
    7%
  • any chance to celebrate/it's always a party
    3%

Greek Life

Men in Fraternities
No data available  
Women in Sororities
No data available  
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 203 responses

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