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3 College Senior

Athletics: Football tix are free which is hard to beat at a Big 10 school. That said, our team could use a little more oomph every once in a while.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Medill is tough, but even as a sophomore, I feel like I already have many of the skills necessary to be successful.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties are great, and you don't need to pay a lot of money to take taxis to bars to have a good time.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My classes are great, and my professors are very knowledgeable.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: NU's social life lives and dies by it's Greek life. Some people don't like partying and that's fine, but if you do like drinking, you're gonna have to go Greek.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You're at Northwestern so you care about your future. People smoke/drink/party more than you'd expect but everyone's still responsible enough to know when they have to study.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's much more diverse than a lot of other schools. Even the people who are similar racially/ethnically/religiously are different personally. There are a lot of rich people though.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Shuttles are great, they're free, but most of the campus is walking distance.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There's only really two sports at college that anybody really cares about: basketball and football. NU's football team is up and coming and the basketball team is alright, but we have the worst fans in the Big 10. Welsh-Ryan is a s****y arena and the student section can't see the scoreboard at Ryan field, but there's something about being the underdog that makes winning much more special when it happens.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: As an engineer who likes designing and building things, DTC (look it up) is worth the price of admission for me. Ford is an incredible building and really useful. I have learned a lot this year. I think NU is great for engineers and journalism majors but for everything else you probably can get the same amount of education at Michigan for less money.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: NU's administration is very anti-Greek. Two fraternities were kicked off before my freshman year and almost every fraternity feels like they can be kicked off next if they fuck up (except SAE, they're not getting kicked off because they're headquarters are in Evanston). The only time Evanston/NU was cool was for Dillo Day. However, you can drink/vape in the dorms if you're not obnoxious about it. Most CAs (NU's version of RAs) don't want to get you in trouble. From personal experience, my floor's hallway smelled like weed a lot of the year and the worst that ever happened was an email saying "Remember, weed is illegal." You can definitely still have fun here. In fact, it's kinda hard not to get f***ed up semi-regularly if you live in Elder or Bobb.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Northwestern is hard. I have never been challenged this much academically in my life even though I went to one of the better public schools in the nation. I've still managed to keep safely above a 3.0 GPA but it's a lot of work. I'm an engineer though so our school work is harder than a lot of other students. However, I learned a ton. I seriously doubt that students at other non-top tier schools learn nearly as much as we do. It sounds cliche, but NU actually is preparing me for a successful career. EECS professors suck though. I wouldn't recommend being a comp sci major here unless you have a lot of prior experience.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Evanston is a great place to get something to eat. However, it's only really an option if you live down south. If you live north, it takes a lot more effort to go anywhere south of Noyes.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It is very prevalent and not very cliquey. People have lots of friends in different chapters and who are non-greek. Also, the sorority houses are all really nice, although the frats are kind of run down. Most people on campus have a good view of the Greek system.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: We are mostly a walking campus, not many people commute.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: NU paid for most of my schooling from a need-based scholarship, which helped a lot.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Football isn't great, but the games are fun. Lacrosse is the way to go.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are many cultural groups, but not very many economic groups.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttles are late often and sometimes they don't coincide well with the regular class schedules. However, they always have extra shuttles running in the winter and during bad weather. Northwestern also has Saferide, which is a free service that you can call and they'll have a car pick you up to your destination to increase safety.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are a lot of people who do drugs, but it is easy to not be around this scene if you choose not to. It's all about personal preference. You choose which scene to enter. Even though drinking is popular on campus, it is easy to find other activities to do and friends who don't drink.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Administration: The security guards are pretty strict about checking people into the dorms, but otherwise, most security is pretty lax.

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.

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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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