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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 It's too bad the unenlightened few can peg a university as stubborn and out-of-date.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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Nightlife: Some big names are: the Keg, the Deuce, and Prairie Moon. They are all 21-and-over, but if you have a mediocre ID, you are fine. Thursdays are big nights to go out. Also, we are close to Chicago, so you have those bars and clubs, too.

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Nightlife: Bars and clubs in Evanston are virtually non-existent. Most of the partying centers on the Greek scene, though Greeks don't dominate. Bars and clubs in Chicago are virtually endless.

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Nightlife: As far as Evanston goes, there is always the Keg. The Keg is a bar about two blocks from campus-it's always packed with students, especially on Thursday nights.

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Nightlife: The city of Evanston is also working to extend the hours that bars can serve alcohol, which helps. But then there is always Chicago, which is about a 10-minute drive to the border, where there is another infamous bar, the Deuce. Everyone goes to the deuce after the Keg because it's open until 4 a.m., as Chicago has more lenient liquor license laws.

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Nightlife: With a declining on-campus party scene, the bars and clubs have become more significant. There are four or five really nice ones right around campus: the Keg, 1800 Club, Bar Louie, Prairie Moon, and Nevin's. On Monday and Thursday nights, students like to spend the later part of the night, from 1-4 a.m. at this bar called the Mark II or `The Deuce,' which is located about a 10-minute cab ride away in North Chicago. However, the Deuce's popularity is rooted in the fact that bars in Evanston are forced to close at 1 a.m. But this is changing, and soon, most bars in Evanston will close at 3 a.m. on weekends.

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Nightlife: Northwestern only has two real campus bars, 1800 Club and The Keg, which are pretty much where the underclassmen go with their fakes. Most people who are of age go to the bars in the city down by Loyola, Wrigleyville, or downtown.

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Nightlife: For great parties on campus, check out the Rainbow Alliance. Even if you're not gay, these parties rock. I'm straight and I go to every single party because it's amazing. I've met some amazing people there. As far as clubs, if you're not 21, forget about it!

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Nightlife: There are plenty of parties and people who like to get drunk if that's your scene, though. The Greek system makes sure of that. As for bars and clubs, there are really only a few-1800 Club, Bar Louie, and maybe one or two others. If you want to go to a real club you'll probably have to take a trip downtown!

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Nightlife: Some parties are ok. Sometimes, the people tend to stick with the group they came with instead of mingling. Pete Miller's is a great place for live music and a restaurant. A lot of students tend to like Las Palmas or Nevin's.

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Nightlife: There really isn't a lot of partying in dorms, but if you have friends out of the housing system, you're cool. Hot, sweaty apartment parties are usually the place to be on a Friday night if you're underage. 1800 Club, The Keg and other bars are kind of a meat market, and if you have any self respect, you avoid them. Theme parties are big, and whether you're looking for a Polka Party or a throwback to the 1980s, there's usually someone, somewhere who can help you out.

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Greek Life: The Greek scene is pretty big here, but it's not out of control like it is at some state schools. Our Greek system is also a lot different; people who you wouldn't expect to find in houses are.

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Greek Life: Greek life does not dominate the social scene. While people `go Greek,' many leave during their time here, and it is more than possible to find a good group of friends to enjoy college with outside of the Greek community. I think, in some respects, going Greek makes it harder to enjoy your free time, because there are always obligations.

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Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big, but not as big as it is on some state school campuses. I was affiliated with a house my freshman year, but then I decided it wasn't for me. I didn't experience any less of a social life because of it.

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Greek Life: They don't really dominate. I enjoy being Greek, but once you meet people, they do not treat you different if you aren't Greek.

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Greek Life: There are 14 sorority houses in the Panhel (Pan-Hellenic) system. Most people seem to rush, but in actuality, only about 35 percent of the campus is Greek. I would say it dominates a lot of the social scene. I am in a house, but I have a lot of friends who are not.

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Shayna Starr
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Grad Year
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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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