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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: As a Northwestern student, off campus living is often worth it since there are no apartment-style living options on campus. Though some apartments and houses can be a bit far from campus, there are plenty of options that are close in proximity. However, the closer the apartment, the more expensive it often is.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: The party scene is really up to individual students and the social circles they find themselves in. If you're in Greek life, it's pretty easy to always find things to do. However, if you aren't in Greek life and you don't necessarily enjoy frat parties or have friends in Greek life that invite you to events, the party scene on campus can be pretty bland. Fortunately, Chicago has some great party spots, but you often have to be 21 to get into them.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: If nothing else, Evanston is good for eating. There are plenty of options for dining outside of Northwestern, and there is always a new place to try.

3 College Junior

Administration: While the administration allows students ample opportunity to organize and voice their opinions, at the end of the day, the administration gets the last word. If you're coming in as a student hoping to be an influential activist, Northwestern probably won't fulfill that for you.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I personally have had a great experience with financial aid at NU. They have consistently helped my family as much as possible. However, I don't think my experience is representative of the average Northwestern student experience. I have several friends who have struggled with obtaining aid while demonstrating need or extending aid after taking time off for personal reasons, which is unfortunate. It really all depends on luck.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: While there is a lot of food available to people who live on campus, the hours aren't great.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing at Northwestern really depends on where you are on campus. There are some dorms that are particularly high quality, and others that aren't. If you're looking for a really close-knit social life in the dorms, residential colleges are the way to go. You apply specifically to live in them and there are typically tones of activities like formals, munchies, and fireside discussions planned throughout the year to engage residents and help them get to know each other. However, there is not much diversity in terms of what is available in Northwestern housing and most of the dorms are classic single, double, and triple style, resulting in many juniors and seniors choosing to live in apartments off campus. Overall, Northwestern housing isn't the greatest, but it definitely isn't the worst.

3 College Student

Campus Food: On a scale from one to ten, I would personally rate the school food here at a six. It is defiantly not the best food, but it is not the worst. The variety is not prevalent. It seems to have a repeat meal schedule each week. There have not been any noticing issues with any shortage of food, so the meal plan, when it comes to financing, is good.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many good places to eat in Evanston. Food can be expensive depending what you want, but you can generally find whatever you're craving for a good price and great quality. Everything is walking distance and the variety is great. Plus Chicago is only an el ride away and has some INCREDIBLE food.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are frequent and easy to get to and can be a lot of fun if you go to the right place with the right people. As a freshman, your choices are generally either dorm-drinking (which can be very fun), frats (which can be fun but can also be gross), or off-campus parties (often used as fund-raisers and cost $5, but sometimes free).

4 College Freshman

Administration: Academic rules and policies are enforced so as to ensure honesty and integrity, and social things like drinking/smoking are pretty easy to get away with as long as you're smart about it and don't bother anyone else.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food can get monotonous after a while, especially if you only eat at whatever dining hall is closest to you. However, if you're willing to walk a little bit and change it up, there's normally something good somewhere for every meal. The food has almost never been bad, only boring or repetitive.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Your experience really depends what dorm you're living in. Bobb-McCulloch is on North Campus and has great proximity to the frat houses and Tech, so it's a great place for you if you're involved in Greek life or taking a lot of math and science classes. The rooms are on the small end and it can be a little bit rowdy at night on Thursdays and weekends, but everyone is nice and the location and community can make up for that. On the other end of the spectrum is Chapin Residential College, located on South Campus right near downtown Evanston. The biggest rooms on campus, hardwood floors in the hallways, and very quiet. Whatever you're looking for, it's likely you can find it.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Rush process is terrible, as it is everywhere. It can be judgy and you might not end up in a sorority you like. Different for frats-- there is more time and choice. A lot of people are greek, and a lot aren't. You won't be judged for it either way.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Nicer places are more expensive obviously, but you are bound to find something at a decent cost. Good variety, not so much in location variety.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of variety of restaurants in Evanston, you can find almost anything to fit your needs.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It varies. Some nights the scene will be great but others people will stay in. It isn't too difficult to find something to do. Parties are generally closeby. People don't pressure you to do anything you don't want to do, but are open and welcoming. Do try to know people if you want to get in to the party.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I have never been in much contact with the administration. They are generally understanding and won't over-punish you for anything. They understand that it is a college so things like alcohol are to be expected, and their major concern is your safety, not just trying to catch people in the wrong.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Although filling out the FAFSA and CSS profiles is extremely tedious, I was satisfied with the aid I received from Northwestern.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: After about a month, everything in the dining halls starts to taste the same. It all has too much tomato, oil, and salt. Recently they started having more healthy options. I also really like the vegetarian/vegan section of the dining hall. The salad bars in larger dining halls like Sargent or Allison are good, but in smaller ones like Elder the vegetables tend to look limp. There are a few good soups, but in some dining halls they will be burnt.

I switched to the Block meal plan because it is more convenient for me. However the hours of restaurants at Norris and limited variety in non-dining hall eating locations is rather annoying. Frontera is delicious, but they are only open for about 4 hours a day. I wish they had not gotten rid of the crepe place or the Jamba Juice.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm not sure of all the possibilities because I don't live off campus yet, but my sister does, and her apartment is essentially on campus, well-priced, and decently comfortable. There are a lot of options living off campus here.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is such a wide variety of restaurants in Evanston, just off of campus. The prices vary, but there are definitely well-priced places in reach, and the food is healthy and delicious.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: There are usually cops patrolling the area, but it's nice because there's a definite sense of security, and if you're not doing anything illegal there's nothing to worry about.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are parties every weekend and throughout the week if you're looking for your average frat party or off campus party. There's nothing too crazy.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is available and accessible at NU- take advantage of it and don't be afraid to go to the office of financial aid to settle any questions or concerns you may have.

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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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