Location: Dekalb, Ill.
Year Built: 1895
Key Architects: Various

Located 65 miles outside of Chicago, this university has a bad reputation, receiving a C+ on some college ranking sites for its bland architecture and uninspiring surroundings. Northern Illinois University is a suitcase school, where most students leave for the weekend, and this has unfortunately inspired the nickname Norther Illinois Community College. As for the architecture, most students agree that the school sometimes presents itself falsely. It shows pictures of the castle-esque Altgeld Hall online, when most students never get the luxury of even being on that side if campus. On the upside, this reputation for old, sterile, and decrepit buildings, coupled with the recent press the university has received, has sparked new renovations.