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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The teams aren't too great, but we now have a bowl championship under our belt. Most students are pretty enthusiastic about the sports though. Our girls' lacrosse team is top-notch. IM sports are pretty big on campus. It's a fun and relaxed way to get involved in a sport, without actually having to be too amazing.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants around the Evanston area are great, and there is such an extensive variety, many can even go unexplored. This, however, may be because you are susceptible to favoring certain restaurants as they are all very high quality. Don't be mislead, there are plenty of options for those late-night low-standard meals too. There are options for anyone on any budget. You can tell Evanston grew as a product of NU.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: FIN AID (FA) was pretty helpful. I totally screwed up my online application and emailed the FA staff about it. Was able to resubmit everything and I ended up w/ a scholarship. :) That said Kellogg/NU offers more small scholarship amounts so I didn't get as much as other schools. Still it's better than nothing. Always follow up if you don't hear back. You can try to negotiate offers. Just don't wait forever & make connections with admissions so they know you. They give out the big awards.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Considering Kellogg is a top 5 b school I'd say the competition is definitely up there, but the application process wasn't too bad. The best thing you can do is prepare early, but this is true of all b schools. The most important thing is to get experience (work, volunteer, life in general) that will make you unique. Schools like a diverse class. Also know your story. It won't matter what it is when you get into the program, but admissions insist that you have a logical path in your career progression when you apply.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of campus. Almost 50% of the school is Greek, but it's definitely not something to feel pressured into doing. A lot of the social life revolves around the Greek scene, but you don't need to be Greek to get into them, or be Greek to have a social life. There's definitely students who don't like Greek life, and those that love it. It's a great opportunity for leadership and networking, because a lot of the Greeks end up in public leadership positions on campus.

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3 College Junior

Majors: SESP requires you to do a practicum at some point during your junior year. Right now I'm at a high school, working in the college room preparing students for college, and helping them fill out FAFSAs and applications. I work monday through thursday for about 9 hours, and then have a 3 hour seminar on friday morning.

3 College Junior

Majors: You apply to NU as a prospective SESP student. The school is kind of selective in that it only picks about 40 students per class, but by the end of senior year the graduating class is around 200 students. There's nothing special about applying to HDPS, just get into the school and you're in.

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3 College Junior

Majors: I love being in SESP it's honestly the best because the professors truly care about how you're doing and whether or not you're learning something. I was in WCAS before and it's so big that none of the professors knew my name. There's a focus on real life application within SESP that I wasn't able to get in WCAS, which is why I transferred.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some really good restaurants in downtown Evanston. They're pretty convenient to get to since we have a small campus, but it can feel like a long walk in the winter when it's cold. There are semi-dependable shuttle systems though. Some awesome restaurants include Flattop, Koi, Giordano's, and Tapas Barcelona. Most of the restaurants provide student discounts as well. They can be kind of pricey, but it's worth it when the dining hall is less-than-satisfactory or just flat out bad. The only problem would be if you eat out a lot, you could end up spending a lot of money. In addition, there are a whole bunch of really great restaurants in Chicago if you've got the time and the money.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The bar/club scene at Evanston isn't very good for those under 21 since all of the bars/clubs are for 21 and up. However, the only club in downtown Evanston, The Keg, got closed down again so now there's even less to do nightlife-wise. Frat parties or off campus parties can be fun, but this year a lot of the frats were put on probation so the frat party scene hasn't been very good lately and it's mostly for freshmen. Transportation to nightlife can be rough in the winter because of the cold and snow. Your best bet to get transportation/entrance into a club would be to attend formals since you'll be transported to a nice venue in Chicago.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's in the Midwest, so the weather isn't great. I like to describe the weather as bipolar, it can go from 70s and sunny one day to cold and rainy the next. You never know what kind of weather you are going to get. There is winter and it does get cold, snowy and windy. The summer is generally 70s and 80s with many sunny days.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: There are a lot of new buildings on campus and there has been a lot more construction to improve on the inside of the older buildings. The best part of Northwestern for science students and even those in social sciences is that NU is a huge research institution with labs in very diverse fields. I would highly recommend taking advantage of this and try to work in a lab or with a professor to get more practical, real life experience.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms at Northwestern are pretty decent. They try to encourage students to be social with other residents including dorm or floor sponsored events. I also had good RAs in my dorm.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Northwestern is a very diverse school. I truly believe that this university prides itself on selecting top applicants from all over the world, and I've met so many amazing, diverse students during my time here thus far. While there is inevitably some racism on campus, it is not as big of a problem compared to less diverse, less accepting schools. Northwestern really emphasizes acceptance and community, so I feel as if everyone is fairly united here.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Evanston has amazing food and a wide variety of options. Although some places are pricey, it's very easy to find "fast" food that is college-budget friendly. There are many to-go options which is very appealing to the student on the run. Many restaurants also have what is known as the "wildcard discount"; students can present their ID and receive 10% off meals. It's great!

5 College Junior

Majors: It's very easy to declare your major once you enroll at Northwestern. In fact, it's also relatively easy to change majors or even schools once you are enrolled. This makes students feel much more at ease given that they can change their mind more than once during their college experience. Because everyone at Northwestern is a highly qualified student, the faculty make it simple to change majors or schools.

3 College Junior

Parking: In order to park at Northwestern, it's pretty imperative to pay for a spot in a parking garage. Students can only park on campus after 4 PM and on weekends unless they have a permit so it can be tricky to find a spot. I definitely recommend paying a monthly fee for a spot unless you want to drive around looking for street parking.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Northwestern is located in the heart of downtown Evanston and is just a quick ride away from downtown Chicago. There is always something cool to see or fun to do by hanging around town or simply taking a train to the city. The dining in Evanston is fantastic, and it's fun to shop around given the variety of boutiques and fun, trendy stores.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Northwestern gives need-based aid, so if the amount they calculate they should give doesn't quite cut it, then it's pretty much just "tough".

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek organizations are pretty popular, but if you aren't familiar with people in a certain group, it's tough to find a way to socialize in a greek setting.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Near Chicago but far enough away to make it not busy or congested.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Midwest extremes combined with the lake effect from Lake Michigan. Loads of snow but gets very warm in the spring and summer as well. But pretty alright all things considered.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: As a graduate student, I have no part in Greek life. But there's always something happening.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Big 10 team, but that also means we have tough competition.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Northwestern has decent facilities (Ryan Field, building new practice field for football, etc.), but athletic support is lacking. NU is a small school, especially for the Big 10, and though sporting events can be a fun distraction the focus is really on academics, especially since many of the teams here aren't particularly competitive within the division.

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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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