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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Northwestern is pretty straightforward with aid, it's given with your financial package sent after acceptance. If you disagree, you can contact the aid office and ask for an appeal, which they are more than willing to do. Figuring out private scholarships can be more of a pain and take much longer to be put on paper, but essentially they are used to cover work study allocations and subsidized Stafford loans.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Northwestern has a very diverse student body. In my suite, there are people from Maine, New Orleans, Chicago, London, Shanghai, Bejing, and Singapore. We all come from very different cultural backgrounds and love learning about each others' lives. Almost every ethnic group is represented as well as most religions (as evidenced by the diversity of student organizations). There is surprisingly quite a range of economic diversity, despite Northwestern's cost; there are kids from poor Chicago neighborhoods as well as kids of millionaires abroad. Yet everyone has common dreams, goals, and work ethics, making our community really great.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Northwestern is located in Evanston, a great town with a vibrant downtown located right off of campus. There is a huge selection of restaurants over most price ranges, from Burger King to Bdubbs to nicer restaurants, ethnic eat-ins, and pizzerias. A good number of places do offer student discounts, but not all. Favorites among NU students are Cheesy's, Andy's frozen custard, Giorodano's, Bdubbs, BK, and Panera.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: On campus, I have never felt unsafe nor have any incidents been reported since I have been at NU. Off campus, things aren't quite as regulated, well-lit, etc., but there are still emergency blue lights all over (buttons that bring police to your location within a minute), and things are still pretty safe in my experience. The farther off-campus you go (depending on the direction), safety declines a bit. There definitely are no gangs or anything of that sort on campus, and I know of no issues within the student body. The only crime on campus seems to be bike getting stolen if they are not locked, but that really isn't too common. Within residence halls, there is a Community Service Officer (essentially a police officer) on duty starting at 8pm, making sure dorms are safe overnight.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There is a really wide range of housing, you're certain to find something you like. There are two main areas of campus: South and North. North campus is where most science, engineering, and math classes are taught, and South campus is home to humanities, social sciences, communications, and performing arts. There are newer dorms on both sides (Allison is newly renovated in South, Slivka (engineering residential college) and Elder (freshmen only) are newer on North campus). There are traditional style dorms that are reflective of the typical college stereotypical housing (the main ones that come to mind are Elder and Bobb-McCulloch Hall) where you will likely find a more social atmosphere. There are residential colleges that you must apply to and typically have tighter communities. Res cols range in type; some are traditional layouts while others are suite style, meaning that you share a common living area and bathroom with only a few other people (which also tends to foster mini-communities). There really aren't bad or good, it all depends on what you want. Some options are significantly older than others, but that doesn't necessarily mean worse, they tend to have much more warmth and character even if they don't have the most modern layout and furnishings.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Recently, Northwestern has been vamping up a lot of things on campus, updating and renovating lots of the older buildings (while keeping their historic character) and building new ones as well. There are multiple gyms, libraries, and lots of great study and hangout spots on campus. Most people develop a favorite spot but it's nice having the flexibility to find a nice place no matter where you are on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The environment at NU is really unique and easy to fall in love with. It's not the harsh, competitive place it is often stereotyped as; I've found a really welcoming place where I am surrounded by amazing people who, while they push me to be better, are support me and make NU feel like my home. It's also not the nerdy college it is seen as; while everyone here is extremely bright and talented, the social atmosphere is great and the vast majority of people are very socially active. There is a wonderful mix of academics, activism, and fun.The experience can be whatever you want it to be - you can focus on academics all the time and be respected for that, or you can be extremely involved on campus and be respected for that as well. There's plenty of fun things to do on weekends (and if for some reason you aren't satisfied with all the options, you can always go into Chicago), or you can choose to chill in one of the libraries. You have the freedom to make your experience what you want, and your peers respect you whatever you choose. It really is an inclusive, respectful culture at Northwestern. Obviously academic programs are some of the best in the country and the rigor of courses reflects that, but the work is worth it.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Perfect for me. Frat parties every weekend, lots of smaller off-campus house parties too. There's a popular bar that is really easy on ID's, but it's kind of like the ugly little sibling of the Keg, which got shut down and is still a sore spot with all upperclassman. Chicago is also really close by, although most people don't go in as much as they think they will (and honestly you don't really need to). That being said, NU is known for it's academics for a reason. Don't come expecting Animal House every night of the week.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very easy to get and predominates, although pot is pretty visible too. Personally, I don't see much else, although I wouldn't have much trouble finding other things if I wanted them. There's very little pressure to do anything you're not comfortable with, except that a huge portion of the social scene centers around heavy drinking. No one will force you, but I can't say making friends isn't easier if you do. Evanston police, in my experience, mostly care about student safety and making sure you're not waking up half the neighborhood (Evanston is a family town) by being a drunken nuisance...which sucks when you want to be a drunken nuisance because goddammit it's college but all in all is a good thing.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttle system is decent, but honestly you can walk to pretty much wherever you would need to go. The football field is kind of a pain to get to, but on game day there are a ton of shuttles. The L has two stops right by campus too, so Chicago is super easy to get to and it's a flat rate to get pretty much anywhere in the city. The only thing I would really complain about is the closest mall and all of the cheap big name stores like Target, Walmart, etc. are too far to walk to, so you end up overpaying at Whole Foods and the more expensive clothes stores in town because they're close. There's a shuttle to Target on Sundays, but only on Sundays.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I hear I'm in the minority, but I love dinning hall food. Being a vegetarian, it's honestly harder to find good options at some of the restaurants in town (not to knock off-campus dining; we have some of the best anywhere). I mostly eat in my dorm's (Elder) dining hall and the make-your-own (stir-fry, omelette, burrito) station is awesome and the servers are the great. The best food and most variety, though, are generally in the bigger dining halls like Allison and Sargent. Oh, and if you're like me and get hungry at 12ish Lisa's is open until 2am and has a decent selection of prepackaged stuff and a Subway-style sandwich bar.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: A lot of students are Greek, but there are a lot of different types of fraternities/sororities. Not all are cliquey.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of students live off campus junior and senior year in apartments or houses.

2 College Junior

Parking: Don't bring a car to campus. Only seniors are eligible for buying an on-campus pass and they're ~$500.

3 College Junior

Administration: They're decently strict about drinking in the dorms. If you're being loud, RA's are going to catch you, otherwise you can hide it.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking is definitely very visible. For all ages. Drugs not as visible but done.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Fraternity parties are the only parties students go to. Especially freshman/sophomore year. Once of age, students host parties off campus for friends or go to bars in Evanston/Chicago.

4 College Junior

Academics: Getting through freshman year as an engineering student was tough. The hardest classes are then. After that, industrial engineering classes definitely take effort but are fun.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Not sure it's worth the $60,000/yr I'm paying. Most professors in engineering school are antisocial and don't care about their students. Registration process is easy to handle. Workload is definitely intense. Doing well on the Northwestern curve is tough.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Evanston is a suburb of Chicago. Most students stick around Evanston but head to the city about once a month for one thing or another.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Winters are definitely cold and windy, but fall and spring are beautiful.

3 College Junior

Transportation: No need for cars on campus. No one has them. Can use buses campus provides.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Northwestern students are definitely diverse, but not always the most accepting.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Northwestern students aren't extremely attractive, but aren't terrible either.

3 College Junior

Athletics: We definitely have school spirit, but our students are only supportive of our teams (mostly men's football and basketball) if they have winning seasons.

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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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