Location
Evanston, IL
Undergrads
8,542
Tuition
$43,779
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1262 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Freshman

Weather: Chicago is indeed the Windy City. Also this year was a particularly bad winter with the Polar Vortex, but you will survive somehow.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Quarter system is tough, but doable. Academics overall are not insanely difficult (unless you're an engineer), and there are a lot of research and study abroad programs available too.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: So many restaurants to try in Evanston! And Chicago is quite accessible too.

College Freshman

Computers: Generally useful to bring your own. Beware Blackboard and Caesar during the registration periods..

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Obviously depends on the housing, but they generally have great communities.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Do not currently live off-campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Pace bus! So much cheaper than a taxi.

College Freshman

Majors: Do not have one, but I see many opportunities everywhere.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm not a fan of sequence courses, but I generally like what I'm doing.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Am not a part of Greek life, but I know awesome people who are!

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Most events are walking distance, or Chicago via transportation. Depends on the organization.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They are one of the only schools that give financial aid

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Classes are a bit far so it may be hard to walk in the rain

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Tons of off-campus housing options

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of off campus dining options

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Personally, I don't think the admin are too strict

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I was a little worried about homogeneity but I think there's a pretty good mix of people here.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus shuttles are always late, but you can pretty much walk anywhere you want to go.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of great off-campus dining because Evanston is right there.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No pressure. If you want to you can, if you don't you can find people who don't either.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is big on campus, and the sorority houses are absolutely gorgeous. Definitely worth suffering through formal rush for.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Games are fun, football is for sure the biggest draw for varsity sports. Pretty much everyone except theater people go.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Frat parties can be crowded but fun, and Dillo Day is the best.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Definitely need your own computer. You can print on campus but you can't use munch money, which is annoying.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus feels super safe. I've never been scared walking by myself at night.

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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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