Campus Strictness

Evanston, IL
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's fine the police aren't here to bust you. You shouldn't be stupid and be respectful of them. Having said that they really do understand that college kids experiment a little. They typically dont do anything to interfere with on campus parties unless students get hurt (so please don't be an idiot and pass out because it causes problems for everyone else). Off campus they can be slightly stricter because off campus is not just for college kids, as in families live here and don't appreciate loud raging parties at 2 am. However if you are respectful they will be.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: It's not that strict as long as you don't do something majorly wrong.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Personally, I don't think the admin are too strict

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Policies don't seem unfair or overly strict to me

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not too strict, not too lenient. They trust us, I feel, to make good choices.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 904th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1052nd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1187th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shayna Starr
Houston, Texas
Grad Year
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The campus rules may seem strict, but there are always ways around them. The main concern is that you stay safe. If you do that, you shouldn’t run into any trouble with campus security or the CAs (community assistants—Northwestern’s version of RAs). Northwestern is very good about laying out the rules for freshmen right off the bat, so there are no arguments when it comes to your knowledge of what is allowed. Rules like those prohibiting coffee pots, lights in the dorm rooms, and overnight guests are easy to get around. The CAs can be very lenient with these issues; usually, if you keep quiet, they will, too. Policies about underage drinking are definitely the strictest, but again, be safe and campus authorities will not get involved. But if you wake up in the hospital, you may have a run-in with the administration. Overall, the CSOs (community service officers) and campus police do make their presence known, but if you don't give them a reason to bother you, they won’t. The CSOs are very nice, and they will wave and have a nice conversation with you, whether you are leaving the dorm in a skimpy skirt and tank top to go "party" or in your sweats to go study.

One policy that Northwestern is very strict with is plagiarism. Professors will always make sure that students are aware of the rules and consequences for such action. But let's face it: You’re at Northwestern. You are smart enough and fully capable to do your own work. Ultimately, University officials are there to keep you safe, and if you don’t create reasons to get yourself in trouble, they will mostly stay out of the way.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being drunk in public
  • Cheating
  • Having too many people in a dorm room
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
Dorm residents must check in any visitors with the CSO (community security officer) at night. Students cannot have overnight guests of the opposite sex.
Did You Know?
The CSOs are often very nice! They will have a conversation with you even if you're drunk.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 60 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 77 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 9% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 61% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 30% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.


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