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3 College Freshman

Parking: Bring a Bike – Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars or parking permits. As you go up in seniority, you get better options, but the campus is very walkable and bikeable, so it's more expensive and more of a hassle bringing a car and trying to find parking spaces (they are limited) than just bringing a bike. There are a plenty of bike storage places all around campus. Both the campus and Evanston are very walkable. Also, the officers ticket hard if you park off limits.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Evanston and Chicago Are Great Cultural Resources – The Northwestern Evanston campus is definitely not a closed off campus. Although there is a distinction between the campus and the rest of Evanston, it blends in nicely. Downtown Evanston is very accessible from campus, and it has many quaint bookstores, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, as well as more upscale options. There are a plenty of eating options, and a lot to explore if you keep an open mind. Evanston is very well geared to the typical college town, serving the needs and the tastes of college students. If Evanston runs out of things to do, Chicago is only an El ride away. Chicago, needless to say, is amazing. There are so many things to do on campus, though, that you have to remind yourself to get out a little!

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Northwestern and can not imagine having gone anywhere else. NU is home to many brilliant students, yet unlike what one might stereo-typically expect from a prestigious school, the students are extremely down to earth. It is not a crazy and competitive atmosphere, but rather seems much more about self-improvement. Students, in general, are hardworking, but also have more going on in their lives. Most are involved in multiple organizations on campus in addition to their schoolwork and also the motto "Work Hard, Play Hard" applies to campus as weekends bring out the inner partier in many weekday engineering nerds.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Culture Divide – Dorms at Northwestern vary. There are many that have been recently redone such as Allison and Bobb-McCullough, however, many of the smaller dorms have been overlooked. North campus is home to engineers and the frats. One can live a very quiet life in Slivka, or party it up in America's #1 party dorm (according to the Huffington Post) - Bobb-McCullough. Down south you'll find the more artsy students and sorority row as well as a more quiet environment. North and south campus have a huge culture gap, and therefore where you live on campus can strongly influence your college experience.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not Too Overwhelming – Greeks and non-Greeks certainly intermingle. A large percent of campus is Greek so it's very normal to learn that new acquaintances are greek. Freshmen do not rush until winter quarter, so for the guys who want to rush, a lot of the first quarter is attending events with the frats in order to figure out where they are rushing. For the girls, there's no real emphasis until rush itself - which is a pretty laid back process. The Greeks can often be seen doing fundraisers around campus and supporting events such as Homecoming. Overall, it's mostly another social outlet, but can give students a place that they will always belong.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Good Food, but Can Get Old – Dining is overall fine as long as you take the effort to move around campus rather than going to the same dining hall for every single meal. Most dining halls have a decent variety of stations: grill, sandwiches, pasta bar, salad bar, pizza, stir fry, and entrees. Sargent is known for its sandwiches, Allison has a good salad bar, Hinman excels at its entree area. Personally, I usually eat at Sargent since it's near my dorm, but a few trips south for lunch each week keep that from getting too dull.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frat Parties on Weekends and the Keg Dominate Scene – Northwestern is by no means a "party school" but finding big parties is easy on any given weekend. Most of the on-campus party life is based in the frats, but there are almost always parties thrown by theatre groups or at off-campus apartments as well. The party scene may seem tame compared to larger state schools, and rarely gets dangerous or out of hand. In the winter, it dies down a bit, because nobody wants to go out in the freezing weather. People go out to bars (particularly The Keg) on Monday and Saturday nights, and almost everyone is underage. The shuttle system is convenient for getting to downtown Evanston or up to the frats. Northwestern nightlife definitely exists on the weekends, and it's enough for many people, but is not anything special.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not a Top School, but Great Big Ten Atmosphere – Northwestern's great in that it combines fantastic academics with a Big Ten atmosphere. While we're by no means the top athletic school (except in girls lacrosse?), people go to the games and there is a good amount of school spirit. Big Ten football games are definitely fun, and home games are an important part of campus life. The SPAC recreation facility is wonderful for both athletes and non-athletes. Northwestern definitely puts a higher focus on academics than sports, but they're a good part of campus culture

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Gorgeous Campus, Decent Buildings – The facilities are generally nice- there are definitely some beautiful buildings here. The SPAC gym/rec center is absolutely wonderful, but Blomquist gym is not very nice. The library is impressive and gigantic, and the Deering library looks like something out of Harry Potter. In general, the buildings on campus are pretty acceptable, but the dorms certainly vary. It's a pretty gorgeous campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Getting Better – I feel pretty safe on campus, but hearing about all the robberies recently made me a little nervous. The university has done a great job communicating with us about both the incidents and how they want to improve safety in the future.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Average – Girls at NU aren't anything to brag about, and I'm sure the girls would say the same about the guys. there are the occasional hotties but they are few and far between, and usually they know they are hot by northwestern's standards. Most girls go out with their sororities and stay in those bunches. One night stands happen often if that's what you are looking for. Northwestern moves too fast and the quarters are too short to expect much to really happen with dating. There is few is any dating options. It just doesn't happen. Girls can be pretentious but can also be awesome. I've never been to another school and been able to talk to a girl like I can at northwestern. They get in for a reason. In all honesty there is nothing to write home about when it comes to the opposite sex. Then again that is not why a person comes to NU. There is lot of diversity when it comes to girls. The guys are diverse to. Most guys are fairly average as well.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A Lot There but Not Very Nice – almost everyone lives off campus as an upperclassman. Evanston is a huge residential area so there are houses and apartments galore that aren't very far off campus. Most are no more than a 5-10 minute walk away. The off campus options, while abundant, aren't the nicest. They are pretty typical college houses or apartments if they are for rent. They tend to have a lot of rooms and are kept livable. Many have extremely odd structures. it is very convenient but can cost a lot. average rent is anywhere from 600-900 a month. Parking is the worst. It cost a lot and you can't even park on campus unless you are an upperclassman and the parking isn't even close to any buildings. cars are a burden if you go to nu. I give it a B- because there are a lot of off campus options but few nice and parking is awful.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of dining hall options and most dorms have one. The biggest dinning halls are in Alison and Sargent. The variety isn't the greatest. It's typical dorm food. Sargent is the most social dining hall because it is on north campus where all the parties happen and is next to BOB and the frat quad and across the street from Elder which combined make up most of the party scene on campus. Alison is the nicest place to eat, but the problem is it is on south campus and most people want to live north. It also has the most diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Learning and organizational chance with a minor in political science and business institutions. LOc is very cool it is basically a pre-business pre-consulting major with a minor opportunity built in. It is also one of the only majors that requires an internship and during that quarter as long as you don't get fired you get an A for the quarter. Its a pretty sweet deal. It is in the school of education and social policy, which has the most helpful advisors and professors. The workload is manageable and most people go into business with this degree. What business depends on your concentration which is 11 classes, which is why it's so easy to get a major for the price of a major and a minor. If you major is this you will spend a lot of time in annenberg, which is one of the nicest buildings on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's Not a Big Deal – There are drugs. It's not huge but there are some drugs. Almost everything you could want, but if you don't want to see them then you don't have to. Alcohol is huge. Everybody who goes out drinks and goes to bar. I'd say the biggest drug is weed and is pretty easy to find.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Northwestern is extremely close to Chicago so it gives northwestern the advantage of having a campus feel and having a city feel as well. Northwestern also has a great co-op program and career services center that help people find jobs in chicago.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Chicago has great weather for two months of the year in july and august so when no one is there. The winter is brutal and doesn't really get warm until mid to late april if you're lucky. Sometimes it doesn't get warm until may , which sucks because school is over in the first week of june. You also get there in september and it starts to get cold in October. It also rains a lot when it isn't snowing. When it is nice weather the beach if awesome and everyone goes out. Only really nice in september and most of spring quarter.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Evanston is a great place and very close to campus. Usually a ten minute walk with a lot of great restaurants. There isn't much to at night though. If you're underaged there is the keg and if you are of age there is nevin's. The local people of Evanston are not to fond of the students because of the parties. Overall the local atmosphere is a chill place with a lot to do just nothing overly exciting.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Honestly, if you're going to school for nice weather, you obviously aren't picking Northwestern. It gets cold fast, and the wind adds an extra component that makes early morning walks to class almost unbearable.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Inside Scoop – I came to Northwestern because it has a perfect balance of everything I wanted in a school. Great location (Evanston is a great city and Chicago is 15 min away), amazing academics (especially for journalism), awesome athletics, and manageable size. They also gave me the best FA offer of any school, which was huge for me. I know Northwestern is going to put me in the best spot to achieve in the future and I am going to have an amazing four years in the process. Isn't that what it's all about?

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: We are in the Big Ten, which is awesome for a school of Northwestern's academic caliber. However, you are never going to mistake us for a Michigan or Ohio State. We aren't big enough to fill a 100,000 person football stadium, nor have we been good enough.

That said, football and men's basketball always draws big crowds for big games and NU football has been on the cusp of national ranking for a few years. Our women's lacrosse team is legit too.

NU athletics are great and if you are huge sports fan like me you will still love it here, but because of our size and academic level, sports aren't as big here as other Big Ten schools

3 College Freshman

Technology: Most kids have their own laptops, but I've never had a problem finding an open one in the library when I needed it. They are always working and the printing system is easy enough. Sometimes the wifi is spotty, though.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Be Safe and Smart and You'll Be Alright – Strictness varies a lot from dorm to dorm. Campus officials are definitely pretty strict with the freshmen, but they lighten up as you learn the ropes. Fraternity parties rarely get busted, but any partying that goes overboard definitely has its consequences.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Very Diverse Yet Involved Student Body – Northwestern has a great variety of people with lots of interests--from Varsity athletes to super hard-working engineering students to nature lovers to marching band members. Even though Greek life is pretty prevalent, socially, there is pretty much a place for everyone here, because of all the clubs that socialize together.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Lots of students love tailgating for football and basketball games, but it seems like those are the only sports that really draw a large fan base. Sometimes students will organize to go support other teams, such as Girls Basketball and Volleyball. Club sports are a really great thing to get involved in at Northwestern; they are still competitive, but less of a time commitment than a varsity sport. The club teams also have great team spirit and tend to become very close knit groups.

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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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