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Reviews 1281 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I feel pretty safe around campus because the police are always around. However, there are many underage drinkers that are drinking endlessly without anybody saying anything.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Although there is a great variety of off-campus dining options, most of them are pretty expensive for an average college student.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I like how this school has a great variety of majors within all the different schools at Northwestern.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love the curriculum and all the opportunities available to students on and off campus. Although the workload is pretty heavy and I spent a lot of my time trying to catch up in my classes, I think it's necessary.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Although many people make it seem like off-campus housing is less expensive, I think it's pretty much the same because the rent is a lot for the space provided. Also, there are much more expenses that have to be made when you are living off-campus.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I actually don't think the party scene makes a positive impact on the student experience because many people get really out of control and it's a big distraction to those who aren't partiers.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: As good as dining halls get pretty much

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have 3 great gyms and the membership is included in the tuition. When it comes to varsity sports, many people go to football games because of the fun tailgates before them, but people care less than you would expect from a Big 10 university.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Evanston is amazing. You will never run out of new delicious places to try regardless of your dietary needs.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty average for a college campus with a prevalent Greek life

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Students are more attractive than you would expect from a high-ranking university, but can be slightly socially awkward and definitely overthink everything.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: A lot of partying that happens at school is at the fraternities, which host parties pretty regularly. There are 3 main bars that NU students go to that aren't that convenient to get to but have free cover charge specific nights and many fraternities will host pre-games before them.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: For such an expensive and prestigious university, I think Northwestern does a good job of accepting diverse students, but I don't think there's social equality when it comes to socio-economic class more so than race.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wish there were more classes available in science subject areas for non-majors.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a very competitive nationally ranked school

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe walking on campus, even coming back late from the library which is a 10 minute walk to my dorm. Sexual assault is definitely a problem, but during orientation campus options are addressed as well as general safety with sex and alcohol.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Northwestern is definitely not a state school, but there is a decent social life on the weekends if you know where to go and Chicago is always great if you don't mind taking the El in.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: As both a History and Poli Sci major, the course offered are extremely diverse and there are many paths you can take without being confined to specific tracks. The workload is as expected in both major programs and I found it easy to transion to higher level classes without feeling overwhelmed after taking one intro class in each department. The professors are very helpful and willing to speak outside of class, but they also make the courses challenging enough that you're not bored during lectures.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are top notch, as expected. Its a difficult school, but it's nothing too overwhelming if you're used to taking challenging classes. The quarter system makes everything move more quickly, but in the long run it's nicer to only have four classes each quarter and have new classes every three months.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is really cool in Allison so it is pretty cool.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The city of Evanston itself is a cool suburb of Chicago, but Chicago is so close that you get the best of both worlds. If you don't like the hustle and bustle of Chicago you can enjoy Evanston.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people are pretty attractive, but it isn't as ethnically diverse as other schools.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's really yummy food that has a lot of options so if you're not a picky eater you won't get tired of the food quickly.

College Freshman

Majors: I'm currently not in any specific program, so I can't really review it.


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Shayna Starr
Houston, Texas
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At Northwestern, schoolwork can seem overwhelming at points, but students don’t let that stop them from having fun. After spending the school week doing long readings, writing papers, and taking ever-present midterms, students have a knack for finding ways to kick back and relax. This does not always include partying. For those who want to party, the option is always there. If partying is not your thing, there are movies, cool coffee shops to check out, and all of Chicago's cultural offerings just a short "L" ride away.

Northwestern students are generally happy with their choice of school—there is a retention rate nearing 100 percent year after year. There are the usual complaints (cold winters, hard classes, and lack of sleep, to name a few), but everyone has their reason for choosing NU, and the reasons usually do not disappoint. Most students like most aspects of their life at Northwestern. The mid-size student body (8,000 undergrads) allows you to meet new people in various activities or classes, but you are guaranteed to see familiar faces every time you walk outside or eat in a dining hall. Different aspects of the school can be hit or miss, depending on what you’re looking for, but the people you meet and the friends you make will greatly enhance your experience. Students come from many walks of life, but the differences in backgrounds are hardly noticeable on the surface. Everyone has similar goals for the future, and everyone will go places after they graduate. This is Northwestern, after all.

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