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Evanston, IL
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$43,779
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Athletics: There is opportunity to join IM teams all year round, and you don't need to be part of a formal campus organization (like a fraternity) to form a team and join a league.

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Athletics: Our football team has performed well as of late. Our basketball team blows, though. I have no hope for them. A lot of our women's sports are regularly ranked year after year. IM sports are huge.

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Athletics: I have tons of friends who participate in IM sports. SPAC, our athletic center, was remodeled just a few years ago, and it is awesome. It has everything you would want in an athletic center and more.

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Athletics: Football is huge and everyone goes to games. IM sports and club sports are also very easy to get involved in.

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Athletics: Varsity sports aren't a huge deal, except for football because it's Big Ten! The games are amazing! A lot of people play IM sports and really enjoy that.

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Athletics: I don't know much about varsity sports other than football. Lots of people go to football games, but that's about it. Basketball isn't big. IM leagues seem to have good participation, but I don't really know since I don't play in one.

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Athletics: Our varsity sports here suck, so not too many people go, but football and basketball games are a ton of fun. Our basketball team is getting better.

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Athletics: IM sports depend on the dorm you are in to a certain degree, but in general, a lot of people play.

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Athletics: There are plenty of both IM and varsity sports, but as usual, football and basketball gets the most attention. I am actively involved in club water polo here at NU.

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Athletics: I guess there's a medium amount of support for varsity sports. None of the spectator sports are very good, so I'm sure that makes a difference. IM sports normally seem pretty popular.

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Athletics: There are a lot of sports to get involved in. I'm not really interested, so that's a pretty big blank for me. If you want to get involved, you have lots of opportunity as far as I can tell. If you don't, you'll forget that sports even exist.

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Athletics: Watching varsity sports is depressing. Following them closely is even more depressing. NU is in a conference where the teams are pitted against athletes recruited and nursed through school. For the most part, athletes are here because of talent, as well as academics. There are really high graduation rates for players, but this commitment to academia comes back to bite us in the Big Ten, full of schools with large undergraduate bases and less stringent standards.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are pretty big, but nothing in comparison to other Big Ten schools. It's very possible to live on campus and have no idea what's going on with the football team, but at the same time, you can go to games and really get into the whole college sports atmosphere.

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Athletics: Football is popular, other sports less so. IM sports are pretty popular, especially softball.

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Athletics: Football seems to be the biggest varsity sport. Most athletes live on North Campus. Students from all over campus and all disciplines participate in IM sports.

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Athletics: The football games are really fun if you go with a big group and get into the cheering and action of the game. Quite a few students go for such a smart school. Intramural sports are pretty big-most dorms and Greek groups have teams, and they have the standards, I think-like football, soccer, softball, Frisbee to name a few.

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Athletics: Club sports seem pretty cool-all the benefits of exercise without necessarily the commitment for varsity. Rugby and sailing have parties that are amazing-always fun, always out of control.

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Academics: I have some amazing professors and some that are awful. Northwestern has a really good system where you can read online what other students thought of classes and professors before making your decisions.

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Academics: There are the professors who are amazing, and then there are some that are geniuses but can't teach. I have only encountered one of them in my career here, but he's a nice guy and is always willing to explain things to you in office hours. Journalism is one of the best programs in the country, as are the music and theater programs. So it all depends.

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Academics: It all depends on the department they are from. Personally, I have been very happy with the political science and Euro history professors.

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Academics: Teachers are good; they will assist you if you like. It's a big school, so there are many grad students who have to tutor and answer questions for their degree; there are always people to help.

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Academics: For the most part, I have really liked all of my professors. Graduate students don't teach classes here, but they do work as teaching assistants. It is important to get a good professor for your freshman seminar because he or she becomes your freshman advisor. There are some really renowned teachers here, but it's usually hard to get into their classes as a freshman.

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Academics: The professors, well, it depends. Some are great, some not so much. But I would say the history, English, and political science departments have pretty solid professors. I hear fewer good things about those in math and science-related departments.

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Academics: Professors vary considerably, as I imagine they would at any other school. I've had some really great ones and some not-too-great ones. Talk to older students about specific teachers when you're interested in a class.

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Academics: It depends on what you take. Read the course and teacher evaluations before you register for a class with a certain professor, and ask people (sophomores in your dorm are good resources) what they thought of the professor. Also, don't shy away from a professor just because they seem intimidating-often, they are the most brilliant ones.

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Shayna Starr
Hometown
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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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