Evanston, IL
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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: You definitely want a personal computer on campus and I found it much easier to have a personal printer. There are some computer labs on campus, mostly in Tech and the main library. These have printers and you can pay for it with money on your school ID. The WiFi is great, you can connect anywhere on campus really; it's always fast and reliable.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: As a science major, I participated in undergraduate research at northwestern. It is fairly easy to find a lab to work in since there are many research groups on campus, doing a wide variety of research, so it is also pretty easy to match up with your own research interests as well. This is not a paid position, but you learn a lot of practical lab skills that you can apply to school as well as future work. Generally, labs expect you to come in and work 12-15 hours per week, though some expect more time.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at NU is a lot of fun. There's no hazing and I have yet to meet someone who was dissatisfied with their fraternity/sorority. While there are lots of people who are greek, there are also plenty who are not so there's no pressure to join.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting from North to South campus can be a pain, but the University has a shuttle service that runs more frequently on cold days. Also, for getting into Chicago, there are plenty of options including the intercampus shuttle, the El, and the Metro. The system's not perfect, but getting around NU isn't hard

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's ok for the 21/fake ID crews, but you can only go to the Keg and the Deuce so many times.

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3 College Student

Transportation: Shuttles during winter times are constantly late and not trustworthy. However, the el is within walking distance and is easily accessible to go to Chicago or anywhere downtown. Only downside is the speed of the el is relatively slow and can take up to an hour+ to go downtown Chicago. It's only 2.25 per ride though. Taxis are just a phone call away for the most part. During busy times where kids are going back home or to the airport, it might be difficult so you should call or reserve well in advance.

4 College Student

Facilities: The libraries and gyms are very modern and spacious and aesthetically pleasing.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Dorms are generally good, but I can only speak for my dorm. The facilities are average but it's excellent for socializing. The rooms are average size, a double is 12x15 or something similar.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options both off of north and south campus. A lot of the choices are really close to campus and most are within the same price range of dorms, without having to eat every meal in the dining hall.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Proximity to Evanston is really nice especially if you live off-campus. Chicago is a 15 minute L ride away. Not much not to like

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: High quality food, decent diversity of menu. I believe it was voted third best in the country, and there's a reason for that. I never get tired of dining hall food, and I love that cereal and fruit are available every meal

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Computers: Labs are always available, the network connection wirelessly is accessible from all around campus, printing has never been an issue. You do need a personal computer, but i was without one for a couple of weeks, and the labs served me just fine

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4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: It is fun and welcoming, but not all-consuming. Having Rush in January allows students to find their place on campus, make friends and then join a Sorority or Fraternity to supplement their social life, not to define it.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: Almost everything is excellent. The facilities are (with a few exceptions) top notch, particularly the athletic complexes. The academics are ridiculously great, and you'll be pretty much guaranteed to get a job after college, simply because of the incredible level of scholarship. There are more than enough activities to keep you occupied even if you're taking a very light course load. The library is awesome and has an amazing repertoire of books and other resources. However, the cost of tuition and housing is ridiculously inhibitive.

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Shayna Starr
Houston, Texas
Grad Year
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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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