Evanston, IL
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Reviews 1262 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at NU are fun if you choose to get involved (and you should). Football games are FREE and most of the time we're competitive and it's exciting to be in the student section with everyone. Off-campus tailgates are fun. Basketball is fun too if you make the trek up in the winter and MAYBE you'll be part of the season we finally get to the NCAA tournament. We're D1 and games are free... go and have fun.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The journalism program is rightly reputed as intense, but it's worth it. Classes are extremely engaging, and professors are very willing to work with students in developing their skills. The Career Services department also assists students in securing jobs and internships during summer and post-graduation.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: LOVE IT – I have had nothing but a great time on campus, but you need to come find out for yourself and not only trust me.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Strict – I have yet to hear about anybody being unfairly punished by the administration.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Fast Response – The university has invested a lot of energy to make sure the students are safe. I have never had an issue and the university is quick to alert students to any issues that arise.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not the Best, Not the Worst – Greek life here is an interesting enigma. It is definitely popular and definitely a valid option for social life here, but it becomes too limiting and polarizing, both between greeks and non-greeks and between the different houses. I love the girls I've met through my sorority, but it is definitely not without its flaws.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Evanston Rocks! There is ALWAYS a new place to try, and Evanston is known as the food hub of the North shore so it definitely doesn't get better than that!

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics here are incredible and really make the school stand out. The professors are amazing, the classes are interesting, and everyone here is really interested and invested in what they love and what they learn.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Pretty strict. Easy to get away though if you are smart

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Cozy Noodles – a good amount of BYOB places. Not terribly expensive. Yummmmm

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Awesome Food – The dining off-campus is great, especially if you're into all types of Asian food. And we have our fair share of Chicago deep dish pizza.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Nice Town – There's enough to do in Evanston -- especially great shopping and restaurants. Of course, it's nothing compared to Chicago, but it's enough to make students happy.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Much – Don't expect much. Most people ride a bike or walk.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Pretty Reasonable – As long as you don't do anything stupid, you won't get in trouble. Even if you are caught underage drinking, you most likely won't be in too much trouble. If caught by the police, you might even get off with a warning.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The office told me transfers get the least amount of money because they get it last, but I have received a generous amount. Make sure, though, that you apply for the CSS Profile!

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Northwestern Doesn't Help- So Start Early! We don't have a off-campus housing department, so you better get started early. Get a group together ASAP and make sure you stick with each other. Then, ask around. Ask fellow upperclassmen already in apartments for help and if they know anyone moving out. It's all about opportunities; looking in the classifieds only gets you so far. Don't wait until January to start, because apartments go quickly in Evanston- especially the well priced ones!

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Most nightlife is related to greeklife. Mondays and Thursdays are big bar nights. The Keg is a popular destination.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments and Houses – On campus is a popular choice for freshman and sophomores. It seems like there are a good amount of options for people looking to live off campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining Halls have strange hours but decent food. Lots of vegitarian options and you can use points in the student center if you get tired of dining halls.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Some Available, but Bring Your Own – Everywhere on campus has WiFi, even outside, so anywhere you bring your own computer you will have access to anything you need. There are some computers for use in labs around campus, but they tend to be on the slow side and are far enough to make it inconvenient.

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1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Paying for Northwestern's tuition probably demands a high income, which means you don't qualify for their scholarship programs. Money is almost exclusively given on the basis of need rather than academics or merit.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Good, but Worth the Price? Northwestern is no doubt a great school, but given the cost of tuition, I expected more. Aside from journalism, material/chemical engineering, and business management, some cheaper schools offer stronger departments. Also, there aren't nearly as many diverse clubs as they advertise.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I Love the SPAC Gym – Pro: There are 3 gyms on campus. My favorite is the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion & Athletic Center (SPAC): Big basketball and tennis courts, a massive pool, clean weight equipment, and a running track with a view of Lake Michigan.
Con: in sports, NU doesn't win much except for girls' lacrosse. Also there are few non-varsity sports clubs to join.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Narrow Streets Limit Space – The roads at the Evanston campus are mostly thin side-streets, so there's usually no way to park there. There are a few small parking lots, but they aren't easily accessible. Also, campus police can be very aggressive about tickets for seemingly arbitrary reasons.


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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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