Location
Evanston, IL
Undergrads
8,542
Tuition
$43,779
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Wouldnt Venture More Than a Couple Blocks Off Campus at Night – I always feel safe on campus the campus and Evanston police does a good job keeping the area safe, but there are some parts of Evanston I wouldn't walk through late at night.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is free transportation as long as you have your ID card, but there are limited routes and times. Campus shuttles only start running after 6 or 9 p.m. There's a shuttle running all day that goes to downtown Chicago, which is nice.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Strict Enough – Cops follow you around if you're in a group and they think you're going to a party. It's pretty strict.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Low Spirit – Our sports teams aren't bad, but there isn't much school spirit.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Not Very Diverse – Northwestern's campus is primarily white. People often complain about the lack of students of other races on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Good Wireless Access – The wireless speed on campus is great and rarely crashes. It's also simple to access the Northwestern network from off-campus locations.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Weather: What Did You Expect? Chicago weather-enough said.

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1 College Freshman

Athletics: No One Cares – We suck-and it reflects in students' enthusiasm.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are rigorous but not necessarily pertinent to what I feel students should know. Then again, a lot of the programs here are pre-professional, and I was hoping for more of a traditional broad liberal arts education.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are shuttles running throughout campus all day long. When trying to get into Chicago, no need to take Chicago public transportation and pay because the school has a shuttle that runs to the Chicago Northwestern campus, which stops two blocks from the heart of Michigan Avenue.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Evanston Is Amazing – Evanston is a beautiful town. There are countless options for dining within the city. If nothing appeals to you, Chicago is just a short little El ride away!

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Computers here are fine. There's plenty in the library, and most dorms have a small computer lab inside the building. There is a printing cost of 8 cents per page, but the Medill building allows all Medill students to print for free, so that is very helpful. The network is also average. Depending on the computer (Mac users tend to have many more problems with connections than PC users)the network is fine otherwise.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Don't bring a car unless you really need it – Unless you really need it, don't bring a car. It's expensive, and tickets are no joke. Tickets can be based off the number of inches of snowfall. You could be in class, it snows two inches, and you come outside to find a ticket on your car because your car is now illegally parked. Worse, your car would be towed. So I feel like it's not worth it.

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1 College Junior

Parking: DON'T BRING A CAR – Evanston has towed my car twice for parking in front of my own apartment, and I've gotten four tickets from NU for parking in front of my own dorm. There is no leniency here. Only seniors are allowed to park on campus, and you have to pay a lot of money if you want a legal parking spot anywhere. Bottom line: Don't bring your car.

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: Really there is a lot of diversity when it comes to political background and religion. There are a lot of people of Asian decent, and Northwestern likes to pride itself on that fact. But there are very few black and Hispanic people here. We have only 140-something incoming black freshmen, but there are at least 2,000 students in the 2013 freshman class. Stuff like that needs to change.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Nightlife: Find the Right People – Bars are 21+ in Evanston, so you need a fake ID if you're not 21. Since that's a felony, I don't recommend doing that. Instead, find some people you really like hanging out with and you can have an awesome time drinking at the dorms or house parties, or maybe even the frats if you find someone who's in. Find some upperclassmen to show you around. The key is just to meet a lot of people and you'll find somewhere where the party is hopping. Don't listen to the people who say that NU sucks for partying, because they're the ones who just sit and study all day, every day.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Crime on campus – I feel very safe on campus. I usually don't walk alone at night-well, not anywhere too far. We have SafeRide and shuttles that run throughout the night so there really is no reason to. There have been some crimes on campus, but the most dangerous crime that occurs daily on campus is bike theft.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Majoring in Journalism at Northwestern – One thing about majoring in journalism at Northwestern: You have to be committed. The workload is heavy, no doubt about it. But you will learn so much and if you want a career in journalism, this is the place to be. You need 12-14 journalism credits (most classes equal one credit at NU), 14 distribution credits-it IS a liberal arts school, and they want you to get a well-rounded liberal arts education-a year of a language, three social science credits, a six-credit concentration in the school of arts and sciences, and 8 to 10 electives. Plus, there's an 11-credit Diverse Cultures requirement, but you can double electives for that. If you double major/minor, then you will be set on the six-credit concentration and some of your electives. Medill and NU really want to help you get jobs-the Career Services Offices are pretty helpful, and there's a program called Medillink where employers post jobs/internships for journalism students.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Huge Range of Apartments, Usually Pretty Expensive – Evanston is just expensive. However, you can find ranges of apartments based on price, but it usually correlates to how comfortable the apartment will be. For example, you can choose to live in Park Evanston, an apartment complex on Chicago Avenue (a main street of Evanston, two blocks from campus) with amazing apartments and great amenities (washer/dryer in unit) OR you can live in Ridge/Noyes apartments, which are easy to dirty, relatively cheap, and extremely spacious.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far, I've had a great time. I've made lots of friends and have been exposed to many new and diverse situations that have challenged me to become a better student, person, athlete, and adult.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I've never been exposed to the law here at Northwestern, so I really don't know.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food in Dining Halls – I use nearly every dining hall or other café food options on campus. I like how each dining hall offers varieties of food. Lisa's is good if you need a quick sandwich, while Norris is good if you have a little more time to sit and eat. The dining halls offer omelets, sandwiches, salads, etc., as well as soups and burgers. They are a great place to meet up and shoot the breeze with friends.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Run of the Mill – People drink, and people smoke weed and tobacco. It's college.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Good Enough – You may not see many shiny, brand new buildings in your everyday routine at NU, but overall, the facilities are perfectly adequate and some are particularly cool. Deering Library and Ford Engineering Design Center come to mind.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Evanston's Pretty Cool. Evanston's a nice town to be situated in. It's not always the most price-friendly as a student, but there are TONS of restaurants and shops. And of course, Chicago is accessible by free shuttle, L train, and Metra train. My only complaints are that some local residents are less than friendly to students, and I wish more restaurants were open late.

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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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