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Evanston, IL
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$43,779
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Very Hard
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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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Academics: If you network with your teachers, they might be able to hook you up with a job once you're out of school.

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Academics: The teachers are both good and bad. In my first year, I have had some great teachers and some really bad ones. When they're awful, it's mainly because they're so smart they can't relate the material to the students.

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Academics: The education at Northwestern is as good, and as hard, as you make it. Northwestern offers a variety of programs. You'd be hard-pressed not to find something of interest and difficulty.

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Academics: I studied theater. The theater program here is good if you want to study theater, but know that you really want to take a lot of other classes. It is as far from a conservatory as you can get, and you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who tells you if you're good or not, outside of student theater.

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Academics: Northwestern features a pretty broad range of instructors, from crusty old professors to fresh-faced grad students. There's really no telling if your professor or TA will be any good, but I'd say at least 75 percent of my instructors so far have been at least tolerable. Some have been fantastic. The CTECs will usually give you a pretty clear picture of a class, at least from the scores if not the descriptions. There are a lot of classes to be taken here, so seek out the ones you like. Chances are, if it sounds interesting to you, it will be. If it sounds boring, it probably will be, too.

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Academics: Some classes yes, some no-probably true at any school. One big difference I noticed between college and high school was that professors at NU are doing things in the `real world' and are sometimes famous, or at least well known in their field, which is cool and something you never find in high school. I think a decent portion of my interest in classes has been related to how much focus I choose to put on them.

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Academics: The teachers are great. It's cool to take a class with a teacher that's famous. For the most part, classes are really interesting and the professors are awesome. Just check out course and teacher evaluations, and ask around before you take classes if you're unsure.

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Academics: For the most part, the teachers are very accessible and willing to help you if you ask. I have never had a problem getting one-on-one time with a professor if I took the time to ask for an appointment or went to office hours. I think it really varies; once you start taking classes in your major/minor, school gets a lot more interesting.

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Academics: The teachers seem very experienced; they usually know what to expect of the students. Most of the teachers are good at explaining the material, too. I find almost all of my classes interesting because they challenge me.

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Academics: I really like the small classes because those professors will really try to get to know you, and they can spend more time working with you individually. The theater department is amazing, and every teacher I've had in theater has been incredible! I can't say the same for some in other departments.

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Academics: Being a music student, I don't really know much about what `most' professors and classes are like, but I will describe the ones I know. MAB, where all the `academic' music classes (like theory and music history) take place, is largely run by hip, young women (the coordinators for both the freshman and sophomore curriculums, as well as the undergraduate associate dean). However, that doesn't mean there are no bad teachers here, though the curriculum is good, the TAs are sometimes incompetent, and you risk learning barely anything.

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Academics: Most of the professors I've encountered like the classes they are teaching or are very interested in the subject, in general. But there are so many professors, it's pretty class/department specific. I do like most of my classes, but there always some that are going to be a real chore you have to force yourself out of bed for. I really trust the course and teacher evaluations; they haven't steered me wrong yet.

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Academics: The private teachers at Regenstein Music Hall are largely among the best in the world, especially the brass and percussion teachers. However, a lot of the faculty members are aging and refuse to admit that they are no longer qualified to teach and keep the money so that new teachers who can actually hear can't be hired.

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Academics: Most teachers are very friendly and engaging. They enjoy getting to know students, so make the effort.

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Local Atmosphere: Evanston is not much of a college town. There are a lot of retirees, and things close early. But there's always Chicago, and Evanston really isn't that bad. We have a movie theater, lots of shopping, restaurants, and we're right on the lake.

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Local Atmosphere: Evanston's atmosphere is very nice. Generally, the school, as a whole, does not have a good relationship with Evanston on political matters, but it's a great place to shop, eat, and just hang out. There are no other universities in Evanston, but there are several schools in Chicago.

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Local Atmosphere: Chicago is the best city in the world, as far as I am concerned. It's big enough to have the feeling of a huge city, but its location in the Midwest and its size also makes it a very friendly, safe, clean city. Chicago has four other major universities and hundreds of smaller ones. Loyola, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and DePaul are all great places to hang out sometime if it's dead in Evanston.

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Local Atmosphere: Evanston is a great town. There are a lot of renovations going on, and there are new things popping up all of the time.

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Local Atmosphere: There are no other universities in Evanston, but Loyola is pretty close. Chicago is such an awesome city. I would stay away from some areas, but visit Michigan Avenue for great shopping. Go to the shows and the museums.

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Local Atmosphere: There are plenty of universities in Chicago, and there is a ton of stuff to visit downtown. Also, trips to University of Illinois are lots of fun, as well as Indiana University and Wisconsin.

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Local Atmosphere: Evanston people don't really like Northwestern. It's not a very college-oriented town. It's very pretty, though. There's good shopping and good restaurants, but not much else to do.

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Shayna Starr
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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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