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Reviews 1389 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Evanston is generally a very safe place. We do occasionally have crime but it is not usually violent crime (mostly stealing) and can be avoided by not traveling alone.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I find that there is a wide diversity of what kind of people are at northwestern. Boys can be flamboyantly gay, dancers, and theater majors, or athletes, engineers, or social sciences or some combination of them all. Girls are very similar in those respects, though I find that majors tend to show a dominating sex.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many apartments available around campus but the distance from campus is directly related to cost. The apartments close to campus are sometimes outrageously expensive while the inconveniently placed apartments are cheaper. In order to secure apartments students have to start looking for one a year in advanced in order to get what they want. I also feel that the further you go from campus the less jurisdiction and presence the university police or police figures have. Parking is annoying since you have to pay for a permit to have a car on campus but the lots on campus are pretty convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Wide Range of Everything – Northwestern University offers a huge amount of majors and concentrations in six different schools. Each school has a specific track of study depending on what you want, or one for if you're still deciding on what you want. The professors for the most part make themselves available whenever students have questions and are approachable. The curriculum is whatever you decide you want to take. For every major and school there are specific requirements, such as distribution courses for the school, and core courses for your major, but they are very flexible and you are able to study and concentrate in what you are really interested in. The workload is usually pretty heavy. Since we work on quarter systems, and we have to complete the same amount of material in 9 weeks that a semester student has 15 weeks to study, there tends to be a lot of work, in and outside of class. Northwestern is a school for committed students, but students who also have a drive for their passions outside of academics, there is a huge active student life here and there is no limit to what the student body can accomplish, and there is no limit on what kind of groups can exist.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Getting Around Town – Public transportation from Northwestern to almost anywhere is excellent. They have free buses for students to get into the city of Chicago, trains are an option and are near by, and the Metra system is vast. An international airport is closeby and accessible. The cost is very affordable for a student to take part in cultural and business opportunites. It is easy for students to get around without a car.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greeks Add Dimension – Greek life is an opportunity to get involved with a group of students to help soldify your acceptence and involvement in the university setting. Like life in general, some people have strong opinions either for or against an organization. It has more to do with who you are and surrounding yourself with people that share similar interests.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: All-Star University – It's filled with all-stars, and it has all-star amenities. Close to the greatest city in the country, picturesque and on the beach, tons of athletic events that actually receive national attention, more diversity and cultural enrichment than anywhere else, and let's face it: People work extremely hard. You will meet the most interesting and driven people you ever have, and chances are, you're one of them, too!

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's Almost Always Cold – Yes, you're on the beach. And if you're lucky, you'll have beach weather for the first week that you're there (recall: you arrive in mid-September), and then for a couple of weeks right before summer break. So, enjoy the 3 weeks out of the year that it's temperate. The rest of the time you'll be shuffling around in your Northface and earmuffs. You DO get used to it, though.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Not a "College Town," but Not Too Shabby – The Keg is the most lenient-- there are high schoolers that frequent it during the summers. For a more relzed 21+ scene, try the Celtic Knot, Bar Louie, Prairie Moon or Bat 17. It's hard to go out on the cheap, just keep that in mind.

3 College Junior

Technology: Computers are excellent. They are always in use, though, especially at exam time.

3 College Junior

Administration: Strict, but try the smaller houses – I hear of quite a few people complaining about how strict CAs can be on rule violations, and there was an article in the Daily about a CA calling the cops after he or she smelled pot in the hall. However, the smaller houses usually police themselves, are generally quieter, and are therefore more likely to have kind CAs. Freshmen can't live there, but if living in a big dorm doesn't work, try these.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: financial aid officers are nice and Northwestern really tries to give you as much as you need.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: First of all, there are limited number of dining halls. They all serve the same, old, repetitive, not-so-delicious food. The people working are sometimes really mean and racist.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Strong School Spirit for Poor Performance – There is strong school spirit during homecoming football games, but this is rarely found during any other athletic activities. Northwestern University is not great when it comes to team performance in varying athletic teams.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although there is a dominant white population, all ethnicities can be found. There are many student groups that include and are open to everyone regardless of race, economic background, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Quiet Town Neighboring Big City – Although there aren't that many things to do in the quiet town of Evanston, it only takes about an hour to get to the heart of Chicago.

College Freshman

Parking: City Life – Most undergrads live on campus and don't really need a car. You can take the El or a bus to the city easily.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Don't Tell – Most people have and use the money to do drugs - the Dorm Advisors can't do anything unless they catch you directly. Most people in my dorm go to frats to drink, though you can drink in the room if you keep the door closed. the whole lax policy drives me nuts - I'm here to study. Though honestly, it's probably better than you'd find at most college: I just got landed with a partygirl as a roommmate.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm hoping to get into the musical theatre certificate program (we audition in the spring of frosh and soph years) and so I'm currently preparing for that. Most of my classes were challenging without being impossible, though one professor was kind of a washout. We tend to get to know the profs extremely well, which helps whenever you have questions about the industry or even another class.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Amazing Choices – Even without Chicago, which is a quick ride away and can provide you with absolutely any dining experience, Evanston provides all the dining you could want. There's a huge variety, from your normal Chipotle, Noodles and Jimmy Johns, to really ethnic places that range from Thai to Stir Fry and Sushi. Also great Chicago style pizza, and places like Burger King and Clarke's diner that are open til 2 am or all night. Really decently priced and lots of places offer student discounts.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Don't Bring a Car – With Evanston and all classes within walking distance, don't bring a car. Parking in Evanston is generally free but away from campus and limited.

If you're concerned, get a bike.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Decent Big Ten Sports – It's awesome going to such a prestigious school that still has Big Ten sports. We play against some of the best teams in the country, and actually usually do decently against them. The best part about going to only a decently good school is when you beat big teams (like Iowa). Often people will forgo going to games for studying, but there's always really spirited crowds that go to every game, making them really fun to go to.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls Hotter Than Guys...But Thats OK – There's tons of beautiful girls here, and I'd have to say the guys aren't quite as attractive. However, you go to Northwestern, which seriously ups the chances that someone you're interested in is smart, interesting, and passionate, which is a huge plus.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not Perfect, but Everything I Could Have Hoped for – I absolutely love Northwestern. While it does have its drawbacks (notably the quarter system's break schedule), NU's positives--unparalleled academics and location by Chicago, community feeling, Big Ten sports, beautiful campus, social and intelligent students--make up for them, and I can't imagine going anywhere else.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Perfect Combination of Evanston and Chicago – Northwestern offers you everything you could want in terms of location. Campus is located in Evanston, which is an awesome suburb that has amazing dining and shopping and feels very "homey." However, Chicago is about a 30-40 minute ride away via El, CTA, or shuttle, which--as the 3rd largest city in the country--can provide you with absolutely any cultural experience or entertainment you could imagine. I can't imagine going to college anywhere else--Northwestern provides the perfect detached collegiate setting with a big city experience.


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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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