Hi! So I got accepted to niu and will be attending in the fall. I was actually pretty excited until I found out about the dorm contract fee and placement exam fees. >_< And also, dorm life sounds pretty boring from what I read here :/ Anyway you can reassure me?
I can 100% reassure you.
I have met almost all of my friends that I currently have while living in the dorms. I’m actually sort of sad to leave because I can no longer just walk down the hall and knock on a door and be instantly entertained.
Though the bathrooms aren’t the cleanest, whatever, I don’t have to clean them. The only thing I have to worry about is my room. Everything else is taken care of for you.
Food is so close to you… AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO COOK!!! Where else can you get that? I just have to walk my butt up to the dining hall and everything is all good in the hood.
You are exposed to so many resources and events that are happening around campus. It’s hard to get involved when you commute or when you live in an apartment because finding out about things is more challenging.
Yes, I know the the housing fees are insane. But you get to pick where you live and you get all of the other options provided for you.
I never took placement tests, so I don’t know anything about that. Others please feel free to comment on this!
Living in the dorm at least your first year should be a really good experience You shouldn’t be anything less than excited. College is a great place to discover you and be around people who maybe share your same interests. :)
I'll be attending NIU in thefall and 'm fromChicago so will it be as much fun as the city ?
I’m not quite sure what you are asking.
Do you currently just live in the city or do you go to college in the city.
In terms of college it will be really different. Everything isn’t as spread out as in the city so it will be easier to get to different places.
If you just live in the city. It definitely won’t be as fun because there isn’t much to do in DeKalb (except go to Walmart or other places like that). If you like to party, there will be a lot of those. In my opinion they aren’t super great, and I have heard that from other people as well, but that is really up to your level of fun.
I hope this was helpful. If it wasn’t feel free to ask me again with more detail. :)
The chance program is the reason NIU has a bad reputation.
Many people do believe this to be true, yes.
But I will not comment on this.
Do people who get admitted to the chance program take regular classes like everyone else? Or lower level classes, like remedial classes? Also i love how you have this blog, so helpful learning about NIU :)
They take regular classes as well as LTRE classes which are only available to CHANCE students.
Thank you so much! I’m glad it is useful to you :) :) :)
Here is the link where I found the information: http://www.cedu.niu.edu/ltcy/clep/index.shtml
I found out that I'm staying in Grant D next year; how far is the walk to places around campus? Is there a certain mode of transportation I should take advantage of? Any advice is always appreciated! (:
Well, where will you be walking too?
If you are interested in just getting to the center of campus (DuSable, Watson, Reavis) then it will only be about 10 minutes to walk. If you are trying to get to the business or engineering building it will probably be about a half hour. But it depends on how slow or fast you walk.
Yes, take the bus if you would rather not walk. During the week it is supposed to come around every 15 minutes and there is a bus stop close by!
Hope this was helpful :)