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$43,779
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Diversity: Diversity is a huge issue at Northwestern. The campus is extremely open-minded and liberal, so it's not hard to find groups of friends hanging out who are black, white, Indian, Asian, Latino, gay, straight, or whatever. Diversity is always included within campus-wide dialogue.

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Diversity: The campus is very diverse but very cliquish.

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Diversity: It's pretty diverse, I would say. I think diversity is one of Northwestern's greatest strengths.

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Diversity: I'd say we have a lot of white people and Asians, but the black population is small.

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Diversity: I think the campus is pretty diverse, although most people are very wealthy. That's unfortunate, but most people aren't really snobs, just a little out of touch.

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Diversity: This is the most diverse place I have ever been to. There are places on campus where I, as a white male, am definitely the minority. Fortunately, everybody gets along just fine.

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Diversity: In past years, there were a few unfortunate incidences on campus. During Winter and Spring Quarters two years ago, racial epithets were written on some peoples' doors-including a graphic depiction of someone being hung, drawn on a black student's door. Despite these aberrations, most people are very accepting of differences. It's too bad the unenlightened few can peg a university as stubborn and out-of-date. The administration, student body, and now the FBI are joining up to make sure the people who perpetrated the hate crimes are rightfully punished.

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Diversity: NU is not nearly as diverse as my high school, but it's not as white as I thought it would be either. North Campus seems more diverse than South Campus.

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Diversity: I think the squirrel population on campus is more diverse than our student body. Campus is primarily whites and Asians. It's pitiful.

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Diversity: Pretty diverse. I came from a very diverse high school, so to me it seems really white on campus, but there seem to be a lot of Asian students. For a top-tier university, I guess it's more diverse than one might expect.

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Diversity: The perceived diversity of campus really depends on what you're involved in. As a sociology major, I find my classes to be incredibly diverse, but I think that this is more the exception than the rule. Overall, campus is more diverse than I had expected it to be. There are a wide array of active student organizations that all host a number of events each year to reach out to the entire Northwestern community. I think if you want diversity then it's there, you just might have to go out and find it.

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Diversity: According to the administration and The Daily, NU is not diverse enough. I think it's pretty diverse. Sometimes groups self-segregate, though.

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Diversity: I would say it's diverse, and so is Chicago. There are lots of culture clubs and events. The groups are definitely a good place for all students, and the events are open to everybody. And it seems like all the ethnic groups get along really well (as in, no friction between groups).

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Diversity: The campus is pretty diverse. It is not uncommon to hear several languages being spoken. On the other hand, the campus is still dominated by Caucasians.

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Diversity: The campus is extremely diverse as far as what locations people come from and their socioeconomic backgrounds. Racially, there are still many more white people than others. However, there is a minority presence which cannot be overlooked. There's a lot to be learned from others that Northwestern is sensitive to in creating a diverse student body.

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Guys & Girls: There tends to be a lot more good-looking girls than there are guys, but overall, it's a good mix. There's always Chicago, too, if you are looking for love.

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Guys & Girls: In my opinion, most of the guys are nerdy, not hot. As for the females, I have seen some really hot ones that I would like to get to know better.

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Guys & Girls: The guys are really pretty nice. There are definitely some hot boys on this campus, but a lot are gay. The girls are nice. With both sexes, there are definitely all sorts of people here-from ditzes to geeks to really artistic people, it really varies.

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Guys & Girls: I guess this campus is not known for its attractiveness, but there are many very nice, attractive people. You will hear-and I think it's partly true-that many people on this campus are obsessed with work and are otherwise pompous and annoying.

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Guys & Girls: I tend to find that most people at Northwestern are either very attractive or very unattractive.

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Guys & Girls: Guys are hotter in this freshman class than in my year. Basically, we call guys `Northwestern cute.' I guess the answer would be no, they're not hot. Girls are all really in shape.

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Guys & Girls: We developed the phrase `Northwestern cute' for the guys. There are some good-looking guys, but the shortage makes your standards lower.

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Guys & Girls: In my opinion, there are more good-looking girls than guys, but many guys would disagree with me.

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Guys & Girls: I would not describe most of the guys as particularly good looking. There are some, though. There are a lot of girls who are very into their looks, but I don't know if that means they are actually good looking.

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Guys & Girls: There are lots of hot girls who will never find a guy at Northwestern. Dating is pretty rare here; either you're totally single or totally committed. That's been very frustrating for lots of people I have talked to.

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Shayna Starr
Hometown
Houston, Texas
Major
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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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