Northern Illinois University Graduate Program Reviews

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90%
of students recommend
(3.89 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 96 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABA, + 8 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Small
  • Student Population: 20,130 (15,027 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 55% part-time, 45% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $12,362 in-state; $20,538 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

1.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

Positives the teachers care about their students more the most part Negatives the institution lacks financial assistance
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2015

The sociology program does a good job of sending opportunities your way. You have to be independent and no one is going to hold your hand through the work. It is challenging but worth it.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2017

I feel like it is a strong school, however being an out of state student, support was hard to come by.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros - It's very affordable. The quality of instruction is generally good. Classes are offered in the evenings. Cons - There are no online classes offered in my program. I commute an hour to get to school.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2013

The Counseling graduate program at NIU is one of the best in the state--the quality of classes and content available really makes the program unique. Additionally, the professors really are dedicated and passionate about their work, and very supportive of graduate and doctoral students. Through taking a holistic view of counseling and mental health, as well as adhering to CACREP certification standards, it really is one of the most affordable and best programs in the area. The program has recently transitioned from a 48-hour requirement to a 60-hour requirement, and I really do believe this has made the program more inclusive of a variety of counseling styles and needs of students in the program. During my three years at NIU, I've really had the opportunity to become involved in the counseling community of Illinois, worked with clients on various levels, and developed as a person in my own ways, as well.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

Although the NIU campus itself is large and intimidating, the Audiology clinic itself is a new building with modern technology. The Audiology professors are helpful teachers as well as mentors when assessing patients.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

Northern Illinois Univesrity has a great Kinesiology and Physical Education graduate program. They take the time to figure out your needs in order to succeed in their program. The professors are great at educating their students and are the best part of this program.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2013

I never dreamed I would ever come to a school with a faculty so concerned with the success of its students. The professors bend over backwards to help in any way possible toward completion of the degree. I have nothing but positive things to say of the faculty. The only con I feel is the five year limit on the teaching assistantships. One really needs another year added.
2.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

The law school is a small program where you get one on one attention from your professors. All of your professors will know you by name. The school as a whole does not have a great reputation though, and DeKalb is not the best community to live in.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros of this graduate program is that I am studying with not only a great musician, but a great and effective teacher. One con would be is the lack of competitive drive from other students.
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