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Reviews 1186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Freshman

Parking: ...but I did not learn how to drive in the time leading up.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Just the Right Combination – If you do the right thing and stay out of trouble you will have a fantastic time here - if you get caught doing something, you shouldn't have been doing it in the first place.

4 College Senior


4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: the people here are so diverse and its a very college town with tons of stuff to do.

2 College Freshman

Weather: the moment you get to school it turns freezing cold

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: the majority of people here go greek, thats where you find your social life

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So Much More Than What I Could Have Expected – Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. You do have to pull your finger out and try here (some people are almost terrifyingly competitive), but people also know how to enjoy themselves. If you're one of those semi-socially awkward people and watch either Arrested Development, The Office, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, or Community (or all of them...), you'll fit in perfectly. And if you don't, you'll probably still fit in perfectly.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: South Campus – Heading into town for some quick food is much easier if you're on south campus. Having said that, if Sargent finally gets to be too much (there are only so many made to order sandwiches a person can have), anybody will be willing to try out Evanston. The variety is fantastic, but my favorite has to be Flattop. I leave practically waddling every time.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: all the cultural houses are fine, feels weird if you aren't that ethnicity but join anyway

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Good Balance – SPAC, the gym, is perfect for staying active but you can always join intramural sports for a more organized form of exercise. The libraries are great, lots of space, good levels of quite. Campus life is good with student group performances and concerts. you don't have to party to have a goodtime

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: People Go Out a Lot, but Mostly Weekends. There's always a party. There's a big separation between north campus parties and south, so everyone can generally find a place to go out.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: What You Would Expect – of a university with a lot of Jews and hipsters. Girls are generally better looking than guys but over time everyone seems good-looking. Then you go out into the real world.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Kind of old, not a big deal. Not amazing, fine. Wireless is sketchy at times.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have to say that Northwestern's cutoff points for financial aid are pretty harsh. It doesn't work out so well for people who may have a pretty steady source of household income but need some financial aid to cover the rest (i.e. upper middle class)... however, the university definitely works to make sure those who really, really need financial aid WILL get it. It sucks for students who are kinda stuck in the middle, but you do have to give the university props for giving the financial aid to those who really need it.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttle system isn't exactly the best and doesn't run as frequently as some would like, but it definitely gets you to major places on campus and definitely makes traveling during the winter so, so much better.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Best Education You Can Get, Just Missing One Element – The education that one receives at Northwestern, particularly in Medill, is the best education you will find anywhere in the country. Individual attention and personal relationships with advisors and professors are something that most students become accustomed to. The one drawback is that Medill continues to throw the idea that sports journalism and many other specialty areas in the journalistic field are legitimate forms of journalism.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pretty Good Food but Gets Boring – The food is pretty good quality, but after a while they start repeating meals and it gets old, even the sandwich bar. There are always some sketchy foods that nobody ever touches though.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Everyone Brings Their Own Laptop – There are plenty of computer labs, but almost everyone brings their own computer. The internet is very fast except in large lectures, when it tends to get bogged down.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Can't Really Think of Much – In terms of academic programs, social scene, and campus life I'd say NU is pretty average. However one of the best things about this school are the resources that are available to the students. I know people who went to other schools and didn't enjoy the benefits of the resources I had available at NU.

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking rules are very strict. If you park where you shouldn't even for 5 minutes, you will get caught and fined. I think the average is $50. Permit costs are pretty average, relative to what I've heard other colleges charge. You don't really need a car on campus if you live on campus or within walking distance. The only people who really need a car would be people who live 2 miles or more away from school and mostly only because of the winter months which can be brutal to biking and shuttle commuters.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus Options Vary – the off-campus options that are conveniently near campus aren't the best in terms of being exceptionally kept. Also any off-campus housing option that is really great is usually very expensive, even when rent is divided among a few roommates. The school really doesn't do much to help you find housing. They mostly just have a website with links to pages with apartment listings.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Relatively Diverse – Northwestern is a lot more diverse than my hometown which is like 95% caucasian. I definitely like the diversity and I think that generally diversity is accepted in the Northwestern community, but I have also noticed that most students of similar backgrounds tend to hang out with each other more than others.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Northwestern is known to give out decent financial aid. I was able to get some money because I have two older siblings in college, which affects how much aid is given out.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Unique Things – Northwestern has a beautiful campus, situated right by the lake and right outside of Chicago. Its teachers are world renowned, and students genuinely enjoy getting involved in campus activities.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I have not necessarily felt unsafe at Northwestern, but with all of the security alerts that we receive emails about tell me that I should probably shouldn't be as comfortable as I am walking alone at night on campus. But I have noticed that most of these security issues are not necessarily on out campus, but around it (i.e. on streets surrounding campus.)

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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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