Northern Illinois University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.9 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 92 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: CEPH
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Small
  • Student Population: 19,015 (14,079 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 54% part-time, 46% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $13,982 in-state; $22,551 out-of-state
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4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: each professor took time to help. They seemed me out and make me feel like they cared. They were flexible and wanted you to do well.
2.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2013

The program advertised itself as something for those who want to return to college to get a graduate degree. However, very little considerations have been made to respect those who work full time and attend the limited night courses. First the majority of the courses are during the day with only a limited selection of night and weekend classes, it is very rare to see online classes. The classes held during the day are the ones that would generate the most interest among graduate students who work full-time for example Computer Security, Mobile programming, and AI courses are held in the mornings and noon time slots. Like all schools there are some professors who work well with graduate students providing flexibility for those who work full-time and maintaining a atmosphere that is open to discussion and debate among the students. Other professors are over-zealous providing loads of homework, and assigning group projects, then marking points off for little mistakes. Overall the atmosphere for graduate students who work full time is unfriendly and inconsiderate to students 9-5 work schedules. One of the most memorable and repeated phrases I have heard in this program from staff is "If you want to know how this applies to the real world, go to another school that teaches that." The diversity of graduates students is very limited most classes I have attended contain a majority of Indian students with often times no other ethnicity being present in the class aside form myself. That being said the program is a mess if your a graduate student who works full time, the only thing keeping it together are the few professors who really understand their students and who give some of the most outstanding lectures I have ever heard.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

A pro is the program prepares you for the sports industry, A con is that even being close to Chicago there is not a lot of opportunity in the area.
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

The faculty support is amazing and refreshing! I not only have professors but I have a network of supporters that are actively involved in my studies and my career aspirations. My involvement in our American Society of Safety Engineers Student Chapter is also very beneficial for my future and for the expansion of my knowledge. I have frequent interactions with professionals in my field that are always looking to lend a helping hand. This has been a great experience!
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2017

This program provides real world experience at an affordable rate. They also make it very easy for Alumni to return.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2016

NIU provided an excellent platform to further my education. They offer a strong M.A. program in anthropology with various funding options and faculty members that are experts in their fields.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2017

The pro is definitely the size of the classes. As a 1L you are placed in a section which you will basically follow throughout your three years in school, keeping you with the same group of colleagues throughout. Each class is about 30 students and has assigned seating which allows you to really get to know your colleagues and instructors. The location of NIU is a con of this school. Dekalb has a lot of bars for the younger crowd but once you get into graduate school and are a little older, with less free time, there are not many places to do anything other than drink at. Another con is that this school does not offer part time or evening classes making it a less than optimal choice for a student who is employed and/or has a family.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: School Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

I really enjoy the master's program here at NIU. The faculty is great and very helpful! The classes are interesting and interactive. The DeKalb area is not the most fun and is kind of in the middle of nowhere.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

I feel that I have selected the best program for becoming a Doctor of Counselor Education and Supervision (CES). The quality of class work, research, teaching, counseling, advocacy, leadership and supervision CORE areas are outstanding. This program has been noted as the best graduate master and doctoral programs within the state of Illinois and within the American Counseling Association. The staff continues to have current and past presidents with the local state and national counseling organizations. It's program is very competitive, but doable. The con is cost of living is VERY high along with tuition and fees.. Transportation is horrible, but in order to get the best education these are the scarifies you must make. As a person of color there will and can be challenges on a campus where the majority are people of non color, but again the quality of education and having a CACREP program is noted as one of the BEST in the field. I am happy with my time, money and life here at Northern Illinois University, because I am getting the BEST education in a CACREP doctoral program in Illinois.
2.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2015

Through the Joliet NIU cohort, I have had a wonderful experience in my graduate studies. The location and comfort are perfect for my family and profession.
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