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Reviews 1212 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I feel like I got lucky compared to many of my high school friends -- Northwestern does a great job making freshmen feel like they fit in with the community right when they get on campus. I highly recommend going on a pre-orientation trip in order to start building a support system of friends right away.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: As someone who's not a heavy drinker/partier, I'm happy to say that I feel no pressure to drink excessively or join Greek life when I go out. However, the parties are probably a bit more tame than those of other Big Ten schools, which might be a drawback for some.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I think that there is a need for a lot of people here to drink. Because it's so stressful, alcohol provides a good, sociable release. Usually, it's not a problem. But for some, the stress is too much and the alcohol compounds the problem. I think the campus is quite tolerant of those who do not drink, although one could feel left out if parties aren't your thing.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I really recommend exploring all of the dining halls across campus. I've found myself to sink into a loop, going to the same place over and over each day. This gets both boring and predictable. And, because I don't find the availability and options good, it makes it even worse.

I can't believe there are no all night options on campus anywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus transportation is free for students. So if you need it, it's a good option. The cost for public transportation is not outrageous, so that is also an option for longer distance traveling.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you've got friends living off campus, it's much easier to find a place. They're more likely to know who is moving out of a place, and where the vacancies are. If not, you've got a lot of work to do. The best thing to do is post on Facebook a lot, to try to get people you know to ask around. We ended up with a good deal--paying a pretty low price--because we had friends living in the same complex the year before. Honestly, it's all hit or miss. It's hard to predict.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The winter gets pretty cold, and it makes a 10-15 minute walk seem much longer than it really is. It's always windy here, so I usually wear a coat longer than at home. But it's not a major problem I have to deal with here.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: At a liberal university, there is always much activism within the student community. So, while there are countless areas of improvement that are imperative, we do have the sense of action that many universities find harder to deal with. Students are very vocal about injustices, and rarely let them go without outcry.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Prices are expensive, but could be much worse. I don't think there is a necessity to have a car, since much of the campus is walkable. For me, walking is much more practicable.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The proximity to classes, for me, makes campus housing so much easier to forgive it for its faults. I don't like being subject to the dining hall's schedule and menu, but it's better than paying money for food out of my own pocket every day. I love having friends all over the place in my dorm--it's a very tight-knit group, and it feels like one big family.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus is strict, in that the rigor of everyone's course loads is so extreme that it is incredibly difficult to maintain a normal social life. A social life shouldn't be a privilege, yet it feels like it is here sometimes.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have had a pretty good experience thus far but Northwestern is extremely expensive. If I had to choose again, I may have stayed in-state.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: All campuses have a few security issues every now and then but I think Northwestern does a good job overall with protecting the student body. The only incidents I hear about are robberies that occur close to the edge of campus. I feel relatively safe as a female on campus.

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2 College Junior

Diversity: Every school claims to be diverse but I don't think many really are. Northwestern is still heavily populated with white, affluent students.

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2 College Junior

Local Area: Evanston is not known for anything major except Northwestern. If you want to have some real fun, you would have to go to Chicago.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: While I love the location of Northwestern, the facilities could use some renovation. Most notably is the Norris Student Center which is in real need of expansion.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Evanston has great dining options that I frequent. Chicago of course also has magnificent dining options for anyone.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Evanston is great and clean and Chicago is just a train-ride away. Doesn't get much better than that.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I personally did not receive much financial aid but I know several people who are going here for cheaper than state school because of their background. Northwestern has the money, you just have to be the right person to qualify for it.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining halls are nice but food gets old very quickly and is not always super high quality. They are nicer than your parents' dining halls but not the best in the country.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The engineering at Northwestern is very rigorous but also extremely rewarding. Not for the faint of heart but well worth it for those that can handle it. Faculty are excellent and someone is always willing to help.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The only reason this is a four is because there is not an undergraduate business program. There are a variety of majors available, but this becomes rather limited for those looking for undergraduate business.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The L and Metra lines run right next to campus but the shuttle downtown only runs relatively limited hours. However on-campus shuttles are always transporting people.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Chicago's Big Ten Team, what more can I possibly say?

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Sort of your typical ivy-league scenario, lots of preppy kids but also lots of kids from diverse backgrounds that are just interested in being social.

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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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