Evanston, IL
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Reviews 1186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Printing costs monies which is annoying, get your own printer. You could survive without your own laptop, but it would be really inconvenient

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Strong Greek system, but not exclusive. Frat or off-campus parties

Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I don't qualify so I didn't apply. I've heard it's a huge pain and often people don't get as much as they need, but what else is new?

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Policies don't seem unfair or overly strict to me

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Really really hard, but rewarding once you get to upper level classes. Mixed bag in terms of quality of teaching, but the profs are all brilliant

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Great food. Dorms quality varies significantly. Housing process is easy

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Pretty diverse. Lots of recent conversation on the topic, so everyone is aware. Some cases of intolerance but those people are seriously frowned upon

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I mean, Chicago is right there

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Not much crime. Evanston is pretty residential so while you shouldn't walk around alone, you're probably okay if you look confident and sober

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Especially in the last year or so, a lot of new restaurants have popped up. Lots of variety in type of cuisine, dining experience, cost, etc. There's something for everyone

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: It's hard to get into the school. Don't remember the admissions process, but I don't recall it being abnormal

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Pre-med is really hard. Besides engineering, it's the most challenging track at one of the more challenging schools in the country. You'll work a lot, no grade inflation

3 College Senior

Athletics: Not the best sports teams.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Campus shuttles are supposedly pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: We have a pretty diverse campus at Northwestern. While we could benefit from a more accurate stance on diversity from our school (i.e. fewer than 30% Jewish students, more than 5-7% African-American and Hispanic students), you're bound to have a friend who looks, acts and believes different things from you.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: While I've never had to go to the health center, I haven't heard any horror stories about it. However, it's quite a long walk for someone with hypothermia to take for treatment...

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are plenty of things to do, but the party scene is atypical compared to your average state school.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a restaurant in Evanston for nearly every type of food connoisseur! If only they weren't so expensive...

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: No one has the time/desire to support athletics. We're busy enough as it is.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Mostly off-campus parties on any given night, if you so desire.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's there if you want it, but never forced on you.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Great networking opportunities. Lots of hands-on experience right away, if one seeks it.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I plan to have one, but haven't yet.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties are pretty hit or miss here. Sometimes frat parties are good, sometimes they're not. Same goes with off-campus parties. Overall pretty fun, just depends on the people

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good around here. On-campus transportation isn't great, particularly in the extreme cold. The busses constantly run late and are easily over-packed

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Shayna Starr
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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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