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Evanston, IL
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8,542
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$43,779
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are a lot of dining hall options and most dorms have one. The biggest dinning halls are in Alison and Sargent. The variety isn't the greatest. It's typical dorm food. Sargent is the most social dining hall because it is on north campus where all the parties happen and is next to BOB and the frat quad and across the street from Elder which combined make up most of the party scene on campus. Alison is the nicest place to eat, but the problem is it is on south campus and most people want to live north. It also has the most diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Learning and organizational chance with a minor in political science and business institutions. LOc is very cool it is basically a pre-business pre-consulting major with a minor opportunity built in. It is also one of the only majors that requires an internship and during that quarter as long as you don't get fired you get an A for the quarter. Its a pretty sweet deal. It is in the school of education and social policy, which has the most helpful advisors and professors. The workload is manageable and most people go into business with this degree. What business depends on your concentration which is 11 classes, which is why it's so easy to get a major for the price of a major and a minor. If you major is this you will spend a lot of time in annenberg, which is one of the nicest buildings on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's Not a Big Deal – There are drugs. It's not huge but there are some drugs. Almost everything you could want, but if you don't want to see them then you don't have to. Alcohol is huge. Everybody who goes out drinks and goes to bar. I'd say the biggest drug is weed and is pretty easy to find.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Northwestern is extremely close to Chicago so it gives northwestern the advantage of having a campus feel and having a city feel as well. Northwestern also has a great co-op program and career services center that help people find jobs in chicago.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Chicago has great weather for two months of the year in july and august so when no one is there. The winter is brutal and doesn't really get warm until mid to late april if you're lucky. Sometimes it doesn't get warm until may , which sucks because school is over in the first week of june. You also get there in september and it starts to get cold in October. It also rains a lot when it isn't snowing. When it is nice weather the beach if awesome and everyone goes out. Only really nice in september and most of spring quarter.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Evanston is a great place and very close to campus. Usually a ten minute walk with a lot of great restaurants. There isn't much to at night though. If you're underaged there is the keg and if you are of age there is nevin's. The local people of Evanston are not to fond of the students because of the parties. Overall the local atmosphere is a chill place with a lot to do just nothing overly exciting.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Honestly, if you're going to school for nice weather, you obviously aren't picking Northwestern. It gets cold fast, and the wind adds an extra component that makes early morning walks to class almost unbearable.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Inside Scoop – I came to Northwestern because it has a perfect balance of everything I wanted in a school. Great location (Evanston is a great city and Chicago is 15 min away), amazing academics (especially for journalism), awesome athletics, and manageable size. They also gave me the best FA offer of any school, which was huge for me. I know Northwestern is going to put me in the best spot to achieve in the future and I am going to have an amazing four years in the process. Isn't that what it's all about?

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: We are in the Big Ten, which is awesome for a school of Northwestern's academic caliber. However, you are never going to mistake us for a Michigan or Ohio State. We aren't big enough to fill a 100,000 person football stadium, nor have we been good enough.

That said, football and men's basketball always draws big crowds for big games and NU football has been on the cusp of national ranking for a few years. Our women's lacrosse team is legit too.

NU athletics are great and if you are huge sports fan like me you will still love it here, but because of our size and academic level, sports aren't as big here as other Big Ten schools

3 College Freshman

Computers: Most kids have their own laptops, but I've never had a problem finding an open one in the library when I needed it. They are always working and the printing system is easy enough. Sometimes the wifi is spotty, though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Be Safe and Smart and You'll Be Alright – Strictness varies a lot from dorm to dorm. Campus officials are definitely pretty strict with the freshmen, but they lighten up as you learn the ropes. Fraternity parties rarely get busted, but any partying that goes overboard definitely has its consequences.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Very Diverse Yet Involved Student Body – Northwestern has a great variety of people with lots of interests--from Varsity athletes to super hard-working engineering students to nature lovers to marching band members. Even though Greek life is pretty prevalent, socially, there is pretty much a place for everyone here, because of all the clubs that socialize together.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Lots of students love tailgating for football and basketball games, but it seems like those are the only sports that really draw a large fan base. Sometimes students will organize to go support other teams, such as Girls Basketball and Volleyball. Club sports are a really great thing to get involved in at Northwestern; they are still competitive, but less of a time commitment than a varsity sport. The club teams also have great team spirit and tend to become very close knit groups.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities are Northwestern are pretty great. Norris, the student center, is super convenient and a good choice for a meal every now and then. They have Jamba Juice, Starbucks, and Sbarro inside--just to name a few. There are three athletic facilities on campus, but SPAC is by far the nicest. It's a great place to work out. The two libraries are also extensive and provide a good atmosphere to get work done.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are a decent amount of computers around campus, and there's never really a time when you can't access a computer due to overcrowded labs. Printing can be a hassle, so it's better if you have your own printer or share with a roommate. Personal laptops are pretty much standard, but required for certain schools like Medill.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: SO MUCH FOOD – Evanston has so many food options. You can find almost any kind of food you're searching for and most deliver. There are very few places open late though, a couple open till 2 and Burger King is the only option open 24 hours. Pricing is really expensive too.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Some of the facilities are great and some should be completely redone. The biggest problem is that everything is spread out. SPAC is a great athletic center but for someone living on the south side of campus, it is unreasonably far to go for a workout. Norris (the student center) is great!

3 College Freshman

Computers: No Free Printing – While there is free wireless everywhere, you can only print in the library and you need to pay per page. It's really inexpensive, but most people buy their own printers.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The school is located right near the "L" and there are free shuttles for students that go to down town Chicago.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: While many people are involved in greek life, it's really not a big deal if you don't want pledge.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are a variety of things to do on any given night. There are on campus parties and local bars. Most, however, require that you bring identification. There are other things to do at night as well if you're not into the party scene.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's a huge shock coming from a souther climate all the way up here since it's cold pretty much after November until the end of the year.

5 College Freshman

Computers: There are always computers available and whether you're a mac or pc person, Northwestern definitely has both available to students, especially in the LIbrary.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Close to So Many Resources – Northwestern University is located in Evanston, which is extremely near the heart of Downtown Chicago. The university's location is close enough to the city that attending events in Chicago is hardly a hassle (just a train or bike ride down the road). However, since Evanston is a smaller town, there are the comforts of living in a "college town."

3 College Freshman

Facilities: New on the Inside, Old on the Outside – Everything is made of stone and looks old from the outside but the interior is very comfortable and well-functioning. The student center (Norris) isn't really a popular hangout but has plenty of seating and food if wanted. The gym is really nice and I never have trouble with it being overcrowded except the basketball courts at times, but all the equipment is new and is really nice. It's a lot better than my local YMCA. My biggest complaint is everything closes very early so there's really nowhere to go or eat past 10.

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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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