Location
Evanston, IL
Undergrads
8,542
Tuition
$43,779
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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.

College Freshman

Majors: Again, I haven't completed an internship yet.

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't looked into internships.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The program for industrial engineering is great and allows me to take classes outside of my major

4 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is great but the varsity athletics aren't great.

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College Freshman

Campus Dining: I haven't eaten on campus

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The pizza place I went to was great. The customer service was amazing. They even mailed me my purse when I left it!

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I love going to varsity sports games and the school spirit is amazing.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: For some students the dinning halls are far from were they live.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity on campus is really great so you can find people you fit in with no matter what you views or sexual preferences are.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I had no problems what so ever getting into my major. Everything was normal.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I love it a lot. I don't have to take any classes that don't apply to my major and the advisers are very helpful and flexible.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived off campus or tried to, so I can't speak intelligently about it.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get any money but I am financially well off so it makes sense.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus eating is little far by walking but there are lots of options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I will live ins residential college so most of the people I live with have the same major as me and we are a close community.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not interested in greek life so I don't know very much about it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are lots of clubs and extra curricular activities to get involved in. The school spirit is also awesome

3 College Freshman

Academics: What they say about undergrads not being a focus at a major research university is super obvious here. Some professors are good and like to teach but a huge number have no interest in teaching and are here because they are good at research. You will have some good teachers but they are all at the level of brilliant that makes it hard to connect to students and explain ideas. Some will be willing to help but if you are in the sciences many won't be and you will mainly rely on TAs who could be great but could be stressed out grad students who could care less about helping you. Being a science kid here is awful because, unlike in humanities where some communication skills are neccessary even if you really are more into research than teaching, some science professors have no ability to explain anything at the level students are at, and come up with tests that are unreasonable for undergrads (the average on my Chem midterm was a 60 something out of 150, as in less than 50%). All professors here are brilliant don't get me wrong, but theres a huge difference in being brilliant and being a good teacher. If you are a science kid at Northwestern expect to spend a huge amount of time learning the material on your own.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: All ok nothing is great. Registration can be bad if you have a bad registration number, something you have no control over. Workload is really really heavy if you are in the sciences. It's college nobody makes you do anything but, most classes here (read most science classes here) require a huge amount of out of class time to do well.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not huge attendance at anything but people do care about Northwestern football, not so much anything else. A lot of people play intramurals or club sports

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Shayna Starr
Hometown
Houston, Texas
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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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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