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Campus Dining: Food? Well, it is dorm food! There are two different types of meals plans: normal and flex. The normal meal plan allows you a certain number of meals in the dining halls on campus. The dining halls aren't that bad, and they are pretty much all the same.

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Campus Dining: The Allison Dining Hall on South Campus is my favorite. There is a good variety of food. I was on the normal meal plan first quarter. Now, I'm on flex, which gives me a bunch of Bonus Bucks to eat at Norris University Center. Norris has better food, and if you don't use your entire Bonus Bucks, then you can get drinks and food at the end of the quarter.

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Campus Dining: Food on campus is not good. Sorry, but there's no way around that. Once you are off the meal plan, there are plenty of good restaurants in the surrounding town of Evanston to be taken advantage of.

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Campus Dining: The food is not terrible, and from what I hear from my friends when they visit me, it's better than the food where they are. I highly recommend getting on the flex meal plan, which allows you to eat at Norris. There are more choices and better choices for vegetarians.

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Campus Dining: People complain about the food, but I get the feeling people do that everywhere. Personally, I like the food.

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Campus Dining: The food is what you would expect. The dining halls aren't bad but can get repetitive. If you live on South Campus, there are lots of places in Evanston that can give you a break from the dining halls-BK, Giordano's, Jimmy John's, and many more.

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Campus Dining: The food is not good-Norris is slightly better, I think, but then again, maybe it's just exciting because it's different; I did get very tired of it after two years. Alison has nice big windows, everyone talks about Sargent, but I've only been there once and was not blown away. I think you just have to grit your teeth and deal with it until you move off campus.

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Campus Dining: Stay away from 1835 Hinman. It's deadly. Allison and Norris have pretty good food. I recommend the block plan.

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Campus Dining: It varies quite a bit from place to place. Stay away from Foster-Walker. Most people agree that Sargent has the best food on campus. Norris is generally good, although it's very expensive. Try a few places out and see what you think. Chances are you'll end up going to whichever place is closest to you.

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Campus Dining: Dining halls vary, but the best place for food on campus is Norris. Also, Lisa's Café is a good place to spend Bonus Bucks on grocery items.

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Campus Dining: Although others claim there is a difference, I think the food seems the same at each dining hall. The only difference is the presentation or space at particular dining halls. Some of the food is really good. Some of it is decent. And some of it is not so good. Usually, there is something that tastes pretty decent. Look out for special occasions because, sometimes, the dining halls go all out on food, usually with a theme (for example, gourmet night, Christmas).

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Campus Dining: Dining halls are fun because you will always have a friend you can eat with. Allison Hall has a huge salad bar, which is fantastic. Normally, I eat at Norris because the selection is huge, and their hours are more conducive to a busy schedule. Campus dining isn't terrible, but it's not that great. But, hey, we're here for the education not the food.

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Campus Dining: Eat at Norris, the student center. You have to get on a special meal plan to do it often, but it's worth it. Other than that, Sargent is the best dining hall, but it's up North. Allison is the best on South Campus, and Hinman is the worst on South Campus.

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Campus Dining: The food is edible, and the chefs try hard. They will attempt any dish you want, really. They are always looking for suggestions and trying them. Service at Norris leaves a lot to be desired, but the food is decent for college food.

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Campus Housing: Some dorms are known for being very social, very loud, geeky, theater-major dominated, or just all-around fun. You'll have no problem fitting in wherever you go, though.

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Campus Housing: The dorms really depend on where you want to live. We have all sorts of dorms-suites, singles, doubles, triples, quads-with varying social scenes and room sizes. The northern dorms tend to be a little more party-oriented, being near the frats. The southern dorms are a little quieter, but not boring. Some dorms (the engineering residential college) are really tame and quiet.

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Campus Housing: The dorms vary. I think Allison, Elder, and Bobb are the best. I would avoid Foster-Walker and any of the residential colleges. But it all depends on what you want. If you want a party dorm, then Elder, Bobb, or Allison are good, but if you want something more laid-back, then Foster-Walker or Hinman might be more for you.

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Campus Housing: Dorms are okay. Try to get into the bigger ones like Allison, 1835, Elder, Bobb, or McCulloch. Those are the party dorms. Stay away from residential colleges because they are very cliquish. If you want to pay a pretty penny for the really nice dorms, try for Slivka or Kemper.

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Campus Housing: If you're a math or science type, you'll want to live on the north part of campus. If you're more liberal and artsy, live on the south. Allison is probably the best dorm to live in as a freshman, but NMQ and SMQ and Willard aren't bad.

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Campus Housing: Foster-Walker is known for being anti-social, but it's also said that people there have a lot of sex, so I guess it's up to the individual to weigh that. I think residential colleges do help people get to know each other and have sort of a community feel. The downside of a good dorm is it can be too easy to stick with the people in your dorm and never get out. Lots of people like Willard; it seems to appeal to many types of students.

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Campus Housing: The dorms vary as widely as the food. Most of the residential colleges are cool, and offer more of a communal atmosphere with fun activities and handy resources. Jones is great! In terms of pure niceness, Kemper is probably the best dorm, but I've only been in there once. I like the atmosphere in Willard and Allison. I try to avoid Bobb, McCulloch, and PARC at all costs.

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Campus Housing: I think there's a dorm to suit every kind of person. If you are overly social, enjoy binge drinking 3-4 nights a week and plan on rushing, then live in Bobb-McCulloch or somewhere else up north, if you're a little more bohemian and value a more low-key environment, then live on South Campus. The residential colleges are a great way to meet people. There are a lot of dorm-sponsored events to take part in, and you get to know your whole dorm.

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Campus Housing: Most dorms are pretty good. Hinman has smaller rooms, but they have lounges in each suite. Allison is very nice with decent-sized rooms. Kemper is a cool place to live as an upperclassman because it has suites with six bedrooms, a bathroom, and kitchenette.

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Campus Housing: Avoid Bobb if you don't like drinking and extremely loud people. The residential colleges are the best way to feel part of a group as opposed to the other large dorms which don't really have bonding activities.

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Diversity: It's a pretty diverse campus, but you will find that most people tend to hang out with people of their own ethnic background, which is pretty sad.

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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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