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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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3 College Freshman

Parking: Very urban setting, makes parking a somewhat arduous task.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe here on campus, everything is very secure.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is pretty typical drug use but that is something you find practically everywhere, so this stat is average.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are tons of people from different backgrounds and ethnicities that I have never seen or heard of.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: The entire engineering department at Northwestern is top notch.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: The University Career Center and Co-op program are very adept at supplying students with high-quality internships and co-ops.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: As a Big Ten school, Northwestern has some impressive varsity sports. They haven't been doing too well in football recently, but that doesn't stop the superfans from donning the purple and going to the football games on Saturdays. We also have Purple Fridays, and many people bring out their purple shirts, scarves, hats, and even pants on Fridays. The athletic facilities, Patten Gymnasium and the recently completed SPAC are incredible.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Northwestern is a beautiful campus, right on the lakeshore. It has many old buildings, such as University Hall, but these simply add to the beauty of the campus. It also has several new and state-of-the-art buildings. The only eyesore is that in a couple of places there is construction, so there is a giant crane perched on North campus.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are MANY dining halls on campus, some better than others. The best are Allison and Sargent. The worst I've eaten at is Elder. The only criteria I'm really using for this is variety. The food is great quality, but there is very little variety at Elder. In Sargent by contrast there is a vegetarian/vegan section, and about 5 different stations, one of which is a stir-fry station that provides a different ethnic dish every day.

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2 College Freshman

Majors: Engineering is a difficult program to get into, no matter which school you apply to. I think the most important criteria for admission are good grades, a strong ACT/SAT score, and a solid grounding in math and science in high school. When applying, MAKE SURE you fill out ALL the required forms. I realized the day before the deadline that there were forms I had not filled yet.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've gone to the health center once. It is a new building with all the equipment a regular doctor's office would have. Campus police are quite visible. There is an emergency phone with a blue light at every crossing, and I've run into a few on-duty officers and asked them for directions. The ones I have met are quite friendly.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There are a ton of computer labs on campus. The tech support people are very knowledgeable and friendly, and I can get amazing software such as CAD for free as a college student. It costs like 10 cents per page to print, so long reports can get expensive. There is a wireless network on campus, but it is difficult to access at first. Once you connect, it is a very fast network. Many classrooms have state of the art equipment.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The people here are very friendly. I've made friends from all over the world. Classes are difficult, but the professors are friendly and are willing to help you out if you are having difficulty with their subject matter. As a freshman, I have not experienced any upperclassman hazing of any kind; in contrast, upperclassmen are very willing to show us the ropes and teach us freshmen about campus traditions. I love it here.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Campus officials are VERY strict about noise violations and parking. They don't mind people starting new student organizations. In fact, I'm starting my own a capella group on campus and the process has been very easy. There is quite a bit of drinking going on, particularly on weekends, and I don't think officials do much to stop it.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is very close to dorms and classes. However, it is very hard to find a spot, and campus police are periodically touring the parking lots and making sure everyone has a permit and is parked correctly. They find the tiniest things to fine you for, such as having one of your tires slightly on the parking line. Permits are quite expensive.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Make sure you check the status of your financial aid and fill out every single form required. Several times I had to fill out new forms, and once on campus I had to visit the office of financial aid a couple of times to make sure things went smoothly. I received all the aid I needed though.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I've met people from all over the United States and all over the world. People of all racial backgrounds and religious beliefs. Within my own circle of friends, there are people from China, Greece, Korea, and South America, besides locals.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is absolutely no visibility during the week. However, the school becomes a total party school during the weekends, according to my on-campus friends. It is not rare to see someone on your floor come reeling in drunk.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Evanston is a beautiful town located on Lake Michigan just outside of Chicago. They offer a free shuttle to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago. As a student of Art History, I am afforded the luxury of visiting some of the most magnificent museums in the world. I love the quaint, residential setting of our campus. We are able to walk to parks, the lake and many quaint churches. With the large international population at Northwestern, I have learned about other countries religions in the most in depth manner available. Local residents are tolerant of the student-life, however at times I do feel as though they eagerly look forward to the lazy days of summer.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are many club sponsored events during the evenings. I have joined a few clubs on campus, but do not have the opportunity to enjoy the bar/club scene in town. Between classes, work and studying, I typically stay on campus. Transportation for the rare times I do go out has been excellent.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I was able to declare my major during my freshman year and begin the necessary studies immediately. I am fortunate to work with graduate students of Art History through my work-study job. This has afforded me the advantage of learning helpful guidance while working through my college career. The professors at Northwestern are some of the most prestigious scholars in the world and I am often lucky enough to have small chat sessions with them. Not many other universities offer such a small, intimate climate.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The registration process through CAESAR is extremely easy to navigate. We are fortunate to have access to our professors with little or no delay. The workload has been the most difficult for me to adapt to as high school was not very challenging for me. I learned early on the importance of keeping on top of my studying and am thankful that I was able adapt fairly quickly while keeping up a solid gpa. None of this would have been as easy had I not had the support of my professors and grad students.

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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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