Northwestern University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Evanston, IL
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Small city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
18 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Academics overall, but especially the Medill School of Journalism, theater program, and dual-degree options
  • Campus is smack in the middle of the dining capital of the North Shore.
  • The Lakefill
  • Dance Marathon

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Winter in Chicago
  • Dorky guys
  • North/South Campus division
  • No U-Passes (free CTA passes)

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Northwestern University Student Reviews

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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Printing costs monies which is annoying, get your own printer. You could survive without your own laptop, but it would be really inconvenient

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Strong Greek system, but not exclusive. Frat or off-campus parties

Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I don't qualify so I didn't apply. I've heard it's a huge pain and often people don't get as much as they need, but what else is new?

4 Recent Alumnus

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

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Really really hard, but rewarding once you get to upper level classes. Mixed bag in terms of quality of teaching, but the profs are all brilliant

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