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

Campus Housing: It's Really Luck of the Draw – If you want parties, live on North campus; if you want Evanston, live on South campus. Either way, the walk is only a mile at most, so you have the best of both worlds no matter what. The part that matters is the people, and that's just luck, so don't stress about it. Oh, and if you to wake up to find someone you've never met has thrown up on your floor and is now spooning you, live in Bobb.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's okay and very convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking and Pot but Not Much Access to Hard Drugs. A sizable majority of students drink pretty heavily. There are a lot of smokers, especially concentrated in a couple of frats. Prescription drugs are abused sometimes, but there usually aren't too many people doing hard drugs.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Facilities at Northwestern are pretty nice. Most of the classrooms are in gorgeous old buildings, although the campus also has some less-than-appealing architecture from the middle of the last century. SPAC is a really nice gym, but the one on the other side of campus is not as well-equipped. The student union is out of the way but sufficient.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Evanston Is Okay. Evanston is not very racially or economically integrated, but it is a cute place. It isn't the ideal college town because almost everything closes before midnight, forcing everyone to drunkenly eat Burger King. There are a lot of local coffee shops and good shopping, with a fair amount of chain restaurants. It's a pretty expensive place to live, and the nearby North Shore area is really ritzy. It's overall a safe place although town-gown relations could be better.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Come Ready to PARTY. Frat parties are aplenty, and they are not that hard to get into. If you don't know someone somewhere, there are always other places to go. There are always upperclassmen house parties.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great People – Everyone I have met here has been really talented and driven. The social life is better than at most top universities, and if you want to go out, you definitely can. Academic work is pretty challenging but that is to be expected.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: Winter is cold, snowy, and long – I grew up close to Northwestern, so I am used to the cold, but it gets really cold really fast. There will be snow most of the winter, and it won't warm up until you are about ready to go home for summer break.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Weather: You Will Freeze. Walking through campus during winter quarter, you will question why you chose Northwestern.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: Wireless Could Improve – The wireless Internet is everywhere, but I think it could be made faster.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Favorite Place EVER! Northwestern is by no means an easy school in academics or extracurricular activities, but the people here are amazing, the teachers are passionate, and there are opportunities for anyone and everyone to do anything they are interested in on campus. I love this place!

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a lot more than I was expecting, which was nice. However, some of my outside scholarships required certain conditions to be met before they were dispersed, which confused the financial aid office. The quarter system doesn't help much either-splitting up my scholarships into three parts is pretty confusing, especially for the ones that are given on a semester schedule.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Residential Colleges and Volunteer Work – There are many different opportunities to volunteer at Northwestern. Not only is it a gratifying experience, charity work is an excellent way to set your resume apart from the others. Living in a residential college helps with this a lot. Since the community is smaller, many more activities are organized for the residents to participate in. There is usually at least one opportunity a month to get involved with some sort of organization.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: For Good Dining, Live on South Campus – The south end of campus is located right on the edge of downtown Evanston, which is really convenient if you want to grab some non-dining hall food. There's plenty of variety from Burger King to Giordano's.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was able to receive the aid I needed. However, a few few quirks in the system made it a bit more tedious than it needed to be.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very safe – I feel very safe on campus. At no time, do I feel like I am threatened or in danger.

College Senior

Weather: I'm writing this on June 4th, and it was 42 degrees last night. 'Nuff said.

3 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Greek Life: Ever since I came here, I've been waiting for the social life to improve beyond local bars and immature frats. I've joined a reputable sorority, but many people can be pretentious and become easily threatened. Aesthetically, the campus is the epitome of a college campus, but the students can take away from the pleasantry associated with a fun and stimulating college experience.

2 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: General rule of thumb: Don't be an idiot. Use your brain, and you'll be fine.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you look hard enough, you can find some great parties at NU. You just have to wade through all the "Saturday Night is for Studying" people.

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Put it this way: At NU, you'd hook up with three of 10 girls. At a state school, you'd probably NOT hook up with three out of 10 girls.

5 people found this useful Report
High School Student

Diversity: There are a lot of different people of different races, ethnicities, majors, and interests, but these groups tend to segregate from one another, sadly.

2 people found this useful Report
High School Student

Campus Housing: Willard is the best dorm on campus: huge rooms, fun people, and a dining hall downstairs. The only drawback for some would be that it's all the way down south, but it's truly a great place to live. Just wait until Polka Party! You won't regret your choice.

High School Student

Guys & Girls: There is basically no dating scene, which is sad. There are a lot of random hookups, if that's your scene.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are probably more cute girls than cute guys here, but there are definitely more really attractive guys than there are really attractive girls.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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