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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus strictness is not too bad at Northwestern. There are several rules regarding the use of alcohol and drug use, but if someone does get caught with alcohol, with underage drinking for example, the consequences include a warning the first time, and perhaps probation the second time. Northwestern mainly cares about the safety of their students, so they are not extremely strict when it comes to these rules.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: More people do drugs than one may intially expect. It isn't out there all over and there is little pressure to get involved if you don't want to.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of restaurants in downtown Evanston on the south end of campus, a healthy strip up north on Noyes as well. Good selection, a bit pricey but that's Chicago for you.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Many computer in the library but otherwise hard to find. Wireless is usually relatively reliable but can go through rough patches for a number of days.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe at Northwestern. There is plenty of lighting around campus and a blue light security system. Even as a girl, I feel completely secure walking alone at night. All the dorms have a security system and the large ones have security guards as well.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The student body is very diverse. There are people from many different backgrounds and from all over the world.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: NU has fantastic academics. The workload is substantial, but I've learned more in two quarters here than I did in 4 years in high school. The professors expect a lot; however, they all have office hours and are extremely helpful if you talk to them one on one.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. I can't give you a comprehensive overview of what the curriculum, facilities, and workload are like because it's so varied. The pre-med kids in Weinberg have a huge workload due to taking orgo and other science classes, but the workload of literature or history majors can be huge too depending on how much reading/writing they have to do in their classes. Also, all of the language classes at NU seem to take a lot of work; even when I was on the pre-med track, I felt that I had more work in my Spanish classes than I did in my math or science classes. Overall, the workload for any student at NU is pretty hefty. Facilities and curriculum vary across departments. I'm in the psych department and I absolutely love the professors; they're friendly and helpful and cool on a personal level.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is a bit overpriced. The dorm I lived in as a freshman was Elder, the all-freshmen dorm and that was awesome because of the close-knit all-freshmen community and the dining hall attached to the building. I'd say that each dorm has either a great community, great amenities or a great social atmosphere and very few have all three. For example, Slivka, the engineering dorm, is known for its great community and rumored great amenities; Allison is like a hotel with a good community, Willard has a great community, Bobb is known for its very social atmosphere, although its amenities are lacking etc.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports aren't a big part of Northwestern life. We're a part of the Big 10 so we've got pretty good sports teams and I hear the athletes get awesome perks, but on the whole, there's very low fan support/school spirit which is a shame because some of our sports teams are pretty good.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Generally, computer labs and printing are easy to use and accessible. The labs aren't that crowded during midterms and finals week because mostly everyone uses their own person computer. However, network reliability and speed have been spotty lately in dorms. A personal computer is necessary, but a personal printer isn't although it'd be more convenient.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Evanston has a lot of really great options for eating off-campus. There's a wide variety of great restaurants, but it can be pretty expensive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at Northwestern are alright. Some of the buildings, like Elder, have pretty small rooms. The housing process isn't the best, and roommate selection is totally random. The dorms may not be exceptionally good, but they aren't bad either

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus housing is okay....There are a few awesome dorms and a lot of crappy ones. Make sure you do your research and try to apply to nice ones before realizing it is too late and get stuck in a crappy dorm.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am very happy with the engineering program because they literally have everything set for you from the moment you walk in the door. They have a schedule already made on what you should take, but you can swap a few here and there. Remember though that you have to apply to internships and other programs to get use to what you might have to do later in the future.

5 College Freshman

Majors: So far being a Computer Engineering Major is great because there are so many programs and internships you can apply to to start getting to know people on the outside so that when you graduate it is easy to snatch a job.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The process of getting into my Computer Engineering Major was relatively easy. Since it would be an engineering school I would have to apply to both Northwestern University as well as write a paper about why I want to get into the McCormick Engineering School at Northwestern University. It was a simple paper with a 500 word limit. In my application I specifically said what I wanted to major in.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The quality of housing really depends on what dorm you live in, but the dorms are generally pretty nice.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports teams do not generally perform well, but people seem to really enjoy attending sporting events despite the lackluster ability of our student atheletes.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Some buildings are decent while others are very new and nice.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: While there is a good amount of diversity in terms of race and background, most of the students are pretty much all the same: come from middle- to high-class families from prep schools.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime seems to be at a minimum and I have never really felt unsafe at Northwestern, even though I have heard stories of dangerous situations.

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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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