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|Not so bright|
| I am actually making a second review, I made one earlier in 2012 with both negative and positive comments and at the end concluded that "NIU was the best choice for me"|
Well, although I do feel that the engineering program here is great, it's essentially guaranteed employment in your field when you graduate, I am transferring because of one thing. It's been my fear since I got here back in 2011, the engineering graduates end up working for mainly no-name companies in Rockford. The only bigger name company that heavily recruits us are Catapillar or John Deer, again in Rockford. Don't get me wrong, those are two outstanding companies to work for, but I personally have greater ambitions. Our career fairs are pretty much ghost towns, a good portion of the employers don't show up or leave early, or they're the nearby retail stores looking for assistant managers.
Personally, after two years of being here, I'm sick and tired of corn fields and a dead college atmosphere and looking towards a future in the city of Rockford. I feel that I am getting a good education here, but for my emphasis (health systems engineering) there is no employment around NIU besides really small local hospitals that even the nursing students try to avoid, even more, in order to find a decent paying position in my field, i would have to get my masters degree as well at NIU. I don't know if I could put up with another 3-4 years of this place.
I've made some great friends here, got into a good routine, it's very affordable, but just as i was discussing earlier with a group of friends, "NIU is great for it's price, but at the end of the day it's a school where you get what you pay for." You're not getting a cheap education, but you're getting a cheaper future. We get alumni all the time to discuss their engineering experiences in the civilian world. the majority ended up having to settle with a no-name starter company, or a company that isn't going anywhere.
Even graduate students end up going to no name companies. I would honestly stick around but I seriously don't want to end up working around here, I grew up in a crappy town I don't want to have a future in one as well. I'm transferring to UIC, essentially the same quality of education, slightly better actually, around the same price for greater name recognition, and it's in the city! All the top tier research hospitals in the midwest are right outside my room! Can't beat that
|Mar 26 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2015 |
| NIU is huge about GREEK life, but that's all. So if your social life doesn't revolve around greek orgs than this is not the place for you socially. The surrounding city is HORRIBLE. It is in the middle of no where land and because theres nothing around but the school everything (ex, police & businesses) is focused around the school. They don't have a diverse group of teachers education backgrounds, meaning most of my professors got thier PHD from NIU which says a lot. Lots of busy work, they kind of just shove information down your neck and expect you to learn it. They don't allow too much creativity either so for more bright students that is an should be a problem, because you will get bored doing busy work. Pro is that is is a smaller school most classes aren't that large, but for the price you pay ($21,000 ave.) most would be better off at UIC or UIUC. As for me, I just got into UIC so I will be transfering. :) |
|Feb 28 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| I didn't like this school. The teachers were ok but the student body was terrible. I made very little friends at this school. I have nothing but dissappointing memories of this school. |
| Starting Job: Floor clerk at CME, Preparedness: D+, Reputation: F |
|Feb 25 2013|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |