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

Nightlife: Friday nights aren't that great, but Saturdays are usually a lot of fun. Students often say an NU Saturday is like a state school Thursday, but hey, it works for our lifestyle. Frat parties (both on and off campus) are popular for freshmen and sophomores, and upperclassmen usually frequent local and Chicago bars and house parties.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Residential Colleges – Although some people may choose to live in a typical residence hall, the residential college system at Northwestern is really a gem. Many are themed (communication, theater, international studies, public affairs, etc.) and offers a unique living situation with students who share the same interests. Res colleges foster much more of a sense of community with firesides, munchies, and special activities from formals in the city to cross-dorm Olympics. Downfall: If res colleges have extra rooms that are not filled by students who select the dorm, others may get randomly placed there and not necessarily enjoy the experience.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Very Good Overall – I'm been very happy here. I have a great group of friends who I've had many great memories with. That being said, many people here look the same (white, upper-class), so I feel like college hasn't completely opened my horizons to all the amazing things life has to offer. Still, I've had some fantastic/crazy experiences and the amount of options (but still maximum safety) afforded to NU students with our proximity to Evanston is great. Just be careful if you're not into the whole Greek life thing-basically January is ruled by Greek life and can get a little ugly.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Strict but Not Harsh – NU is strict when it comes to drinking, but not unreasonable. I know many students who have gotten written up (some because they were ridiculously stupid), but their punishments, especially for first-time offenses, didn't seem too harsh.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Surprisingly Good – I came to campus thinking that sports were 1) not important at NU and 2) not very good. Both assumptions were proved incorrect. NU's football team was actually decent this year, and the student section was fairly active at most games. albeit, I only stay for a quarter or two of each game.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Northwestern: a Melting Pot of Culture? Northwestern is extremely diverse in nearly every area; however, NU has an EXTREME dearth of African-American students. Coming from a Memphis high school that was about half African-American, it was rather shocking to me that a first-rate institution like Northwestern had so few black students. Otherwise, it seems that Northwestern has a very diverse student body. In terms of political beliefs, I would say that Northwestern is definitely liberal-leaning. Most people here are well-informed about politics and current events, and they are usually liberal.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Options, but Pricewise...Not So Much – Evanston's a pretty rich town so you tend to pay higher prices when you go off campus. That being said, you get pretty good quality and variety of dining options-it's nice to not having to go to downtown Chicago to get a good, non-dorm meal.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: They Exist but Aren't That Useful – It rarely takes more than 10 minutes to walk from one side of campus to the other, so waiting for a bus is not usually worth it. But they do go up and down Sheridan Avenue fairly regularly if you need them.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Very Good – The students here were all top of their class at their respective high schools, so everybody here is a good student. As far as physical appearances, the standards are lower here because of the type of person it takes to get here in the first place, but that is not to say that there are no attractive people because there certainly are.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: For the most part, Northwestern has very good facilities. Most buildings (academic and dorms) are on the older side, but they are all kept clean and functioning well. Tech, the engineering building is old, but there are some beautiful new extensions to it although the majority of the new wings are used for research.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Meal Plans – They screw you over in the dining halls-walking in off the street is literally always cheaper! But they make you get a plan if you live on campus, so most people just suck it up and eat their $7 bowls of cereal.

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1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Evanston – People are snooty and full of themselves everywhere-why should shopping, dining, and relaxing in Evanston be any different?

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Medill Is Amazing – I love Northwestern because it offers the best of every world. There is a pretty good social scene, but also good academics. Chicago is in our backyard, with public transportation easily accessible. The Medill School of Journalism offers a world of possibilities. The only downfall is the cold, but you get that everywhere.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Dance Marathon – Northwestern has a huge Dance Marathon every year in which more than 1,000 people participate. It is a big deal for many student groups and just about all undergraduates. It's a lot of fun!

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Large Percentage, but Not Necessary – Forty percent of undergrads are in the Greek system, but I don't feel like I'm missing much not being in the system. There are some parties in the houses, although not that many.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Most professors are amazing here! Almost every prof I've had here has cared so much for the students, for their future success, and for their work in the class. They don't care so much about their paycheck, it's about the student.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: I Don't Have a Car, but It Seems Rather Restrictive – Permits, permits, permits, and nowhere to park before 5 if you're a student. They love to give out tickets.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There Are Lots of Off-Campus Options – While there are apartments galore off campus, many of them are too far away to walk through all the snow and other weather elements.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Apparently Pretty Good? I Don't Know. I'm not an avid drug user, but those who want to smoke do so with regularity and ease. No complaints from any of them.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Northwestern - Very Safe – I have never felt unsafe on or around campus. There are plenty of blue lights and it is a safe neighborhood.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Residential Collegs Are Great – I live in a non-thematic residential college, and I love it. I love the atmosphere and the events. The rooms are huge too. However, several of my friends have been unhappy in their dorms for several other reasons.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not for Me – I'm no great fan of the Greek system, but it seems to be very fun and very rewarding for those who choose to enter Greek life.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Network Reliability Can Be Pitchy – Dorms are wired, as well are most buildings, but sometimes the Internet is pitchy, and that is when it gets really bad. Sometimes the Internet connection is lost completely, and it becomes really hard to register or get to Blackboard.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The Location – I really love my school. We have kids from a lot of different backgrounds and parts of the country/the world. I feel like everybody here is really smart and motivated to learn. Evanston is a wonderful location to go to school in, and I feel like the location of the university in particular has really set apart my college experience. I love having access to both Evanston and Chicago as well as the campus itself-because while I think having a campus is very important, I also think it's important to have contact with the outside world.

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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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