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Reviews 1212 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For a private school with such a high tuition, we should be receiving better housing.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is an easy outlet to destress and have fun on campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic facilities and program are great for D1 athletes but not necessarily for other athletes.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Northwestern is a great mix of fun, work and social life.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the online environment.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I mean I smoke and drink, it's great because I can find that stuff anywhere.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Given that Evanston is so close to Chicago, it's incredibly safe. I've walked from north to south campus alone so many times and I felt no issue with doing so

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I enjoyed the classes I was in and it's quite easy to get into the classes you need if you get a good registration time. TALK TO YOUR ADVISORS. My advisor is so great, and I go to her before registration every quarter and she helps me out a lot. I'm doing two majors and a minor so it was really important for me to see her often

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Even though it is difficult to get internships, I feel like you can find a job pretty easy with a degree from this school

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are CLEARLY better than others. The whole J1F dorm area (Jones, Hinman, Fairchildren) has awful facilities but if you are a theatre major you should consider living in Jones since it's one of the closest dorms to everything south campus. Willard is one of the best, but they're demolishing that building next year so it won't be the same. Allison is also a top choice I hear.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not into it, and I'm perfectly fine.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't really have the time to pay attention to sports on campus. The only thing I know about intra-mural sports is that whenever my dance team is practicing in the gym adjacent to them, they get pissy and tell us to turn our music down, even though we need to practice and it really shouldn't be that much of a distraction tbh

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love going to NU, it's just sometimes a four-course quarter is ridiculous with the amount of stress it brings. I love the environment though, and I really found a good group of people here that I love. I interact with my professors a lot and they are welcoming and great people to have conversations with.

I will say that this is coming from a school of comm perspective (specifically theatre major) so we are able to get involved with the professors and other students much easier than say Weinberg. I think there's a huge difference between the smaller schools and Weinberg, I feel as though Weinberg kids have a much different perspective than everyone else just because it's the largest school and it's not as easy to get to know people

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a big thing in NU, but we don't really consider ourselves as a party school.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: We are a Big Ten School, so lots of good games. But facilities for non-athletes are a bit lacking.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am in the Integrated Science Program, which is like a honored science program but they count it as a major. We have small classes and terrific professors, and they are all really helpful.

Northwestern really emphasize research and career opportunities. So no matter what kind of major you are, you can always get plenty of opportunities to apply what you learned in class to real-world problems (either through undergrad research or intern).

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: There should a better means of educating students about drugs, their risks, and how to use them safely.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking around campus. I know people that don't feel safe. Every few months there are crime alerts of sexual assaults or robberies on the streets of Evanston.

2 College Senior

Overall Experience: I don't recommend this school at all. I remember reading reviews before coming to Northwestern, and I was iffy about deciding to come here, but I decided to come here anyways. Looking back I should have trusted my instincts.

There are people who like it here - they tend to be intense, go-getter type people who like to get ahead. Going to this school is like being part of a rat race both socially and academically. It's a very competitive atmosphere and frankly some people thrive on that.

However I can't tell you how many people hate this school, or are at least dissatisfied with it. The social life is super weird - you're either in Greek life or you have no social life. Everyone looks at each other distrustingly. There's honestly no escape from the intensity while you're here.

The administration doesn't care about the students. There were three student suicides a few years ago and there was a push to add funding to the mental health resources on campus. There was a huge reluctance on the part of the administration to add funding, and the addition was minimal. Meanwhile, Morty cares about raising money to build new buildings and improving NU's ranking, since he knows it's what draws most applicants.

If you're a college senior, look past rankings. I know lots of people who come here because it's the "best" school they got into, and frankly that's a stupid reason to choose a school. College is four formative years of your life where you develop yourself and your relationships with lifelong friends. It sounds cliche but it's true.

Unless you fit the personality I described above, you shouldn't come here. If you don't believe me, come here anyways and see for yourself, and let this place be your reality for four years. If you got in here, you probably go into other good schools. You should check those other schools out. It's extremely painful to spend four years at a place where you don't fit in. I'm ready to leave.

14 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Good campus housing during my freshman year. I found a good dorm and had a nice community for the first half of freshman year, until everyone went Greek.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Greek Life: If you're not in greek life, you probably won't have much of a social life.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Athletics: We have great athletics but students don't care that much

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Northwestern is a great place to spend four years. Highly recommend.

4 College Senior

Athletics: New state of the art athletic facilities are in construction and should be great for all future students

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As far as I know it's a pretty safe place. I've never heard of an on-campus break-in, but occasionally stuff does happen

1 person found this useful Report
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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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