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4 College Junior

Diversity: I've found that there is a lot of self-segregation by religion, race, ethnicity, sexual-orientation, etc. Many people choose to hang out with carbon copies of themselves. It's easily avoided, if you make an effort to step outside the box. Join a lot of groups, go out and meet people. It only seems like NU is homogeneous if you're sticking around people who are just like you.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Something for Everyone – With around 40 chapters, there are a lot of opportunities to get involved in Greek Life on campus. I'm a member of Panhellenic sorority, and so far I've had a great experience. Chapters are very diverse, and in my experience, there is no hazing or pressure to drink alcohol. One bad thing about Greek life at NU is all the ridiculous gossip blogs and websites that insecure and immature people use to bring down certain chapters and even individual people. It's quite childish. But for the most part, Greek life is a positive institution at Northwestern.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Be Safe, Not Sorry – Campus is pretty safe at night. I never feel scared walking alone. Right off campus it gets a little shadier, and there have been muggings in the past. Use SafeRide or the shuttle if you can, or walk in groups and you should have no problem. Use more caution when in Chicago or riding the El late at night or alone, obviously.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Mixed Bag-Not the Best Dating Scene – I would say, on average, girls are more attractive than the guys. But there is a lot of variety. I've seen some gorgeous girls on campus and good-looking guys too. I prefer tall men, and Northwestern guys seem to run on the short side. Not everyone is beautiful, but everyone makes up for it in some way or another. Dating is pretty rare on campus. A lot of people have boyfriends or girlfriends from home (including me), or they just hook up casually. I have no idea if it's because people are socially awkward or people like not having a dating scene. Maybe a little of both.

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3 College Junior

Weather: You Win Some, You Lose Some. Well, winter quarter gets an F, and spring and fall are As, so that averages out to like a C+/B-, don't you think? It's cold walking by the lake in the middle of February, but I promise, it gets better!

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Beautiful Campus: Outdated Student Center – Northwestern has some great facilities: The Great Room, The Library, SPAC, The Shakespeare Garden, Willard, I could go on. The campus is gorgeous in fall and spring. There are also some not so great facilities too: Blomquist Gym, Norris (the student center), the architecture of the main library, and some of the dorms are ancient (and not in the Hogwarts kind of way). But the good outweighs the bad by far, and there are a lot of plans in the works to make Northwestern a better functioning campus (freshman quad renovations, new late-night dining place in Willard).

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4 College Junior

Academics: What's It Like Being a Psych Major? Psychology is one of the most popular departments in WCAS, and for good reason. There are some really great professors and great classes (Human Sexuality is pretty legendary). There are some core psych classes to take (psych 101, stats, and research methods-ick), but once you get those out of the way, you are free to choose the classes that interest you most. Some related classes in other science fields are required. There is also a lot of opportunity to get involved in research. Beware potential clinicians! Most Northwestern professors are science-orientated, so therapy is not the focus! And Freud? Forget about it!

4 College Junior

Diversity: NU has a broad spectrum of races and religions on campus, and while most are very well-integrated, some groups still tend to stick to those who look like them rather than scoping out other friends.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is not much to do as far as parties at NU except for frats and this terribly awesome bar called The Keg. It can get really old really fast, so you have to make sure you switch it up by doing different things, like going into the city, staying in the dorms, or just switching up which frats you go to. I know a lot of people who were over the party scene by the end of the first quarter.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots Available – Most students live off campus their junior and senior years, and there are a ton of options. Evanston can be pretty expensive, though, so most people opt to live in shabby houses or apartments that are pretty nasty.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Davis Street Is Where It's at – The food in Evanston is great, especially on Davis Street, which is only a couple of blocks off campus. There are nice restaurants you can go to with your parents and cheap restaurants that are great for BYOB. There is a Red Mango, which is really popular, and a great place called Cozy Noodles that students love to pregame at.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Mostly Greek Dominated – There are definitely more options open to you if you are a Greek person, or even if your friends are Greek and will invite you to events. For everyone else, there are plenty of other student groups you can party with and plan events with, but none really seem as fun as Greek life. Many students live in the Greek houses. It's pretty easy to get into some fraternity or sorority, even if it's not always the one you wanted.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty Average – You'll find a variety of both of these at Northwestern. We have the nerdy types of guys and girls who never go out all the way to the Greek people who go out nearly every night of the week. If you want to find highly attractive people here who are open to anything, you can, but maybe not as easily as at a state school.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Living in Evanston – Evanston is first and foremost a nice suburb of Chicago, and secondly a college town. For this reason, the attitude toward Northwestern students can sometimes be appreciative and sometimes hostile. Students who live off campus sometimes encounter trouble from other residents in the area when they throw parties or make noise. Other than that, there are a lot of excellent restaurants in Evanston (only one or two are open late enough for students to enjoy after going out to parties) and many places offer slight discounts to students. Stores in the area are also pretty good for college students, and many of those offer slight discounts, as well.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The Keg: Tacky, but Memorable – So one of the major hangouts is The Keg. It's threatened to close a few times, but fortunately for students, it hasn't. And its stripper poles and sticky floors are a great place to let loose, dance, and forget about the exam you just failed. Though you might deny having been there the next morning, you're always glad you went. When you grow up, you might branch out into the city life, but you're young-make your mistakes at the Keg.

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2 College Senior

Campus Food: Crazy Expensive – Tech Express: You think it'd be cheap because it's already made, but no. Just another thing you learn at NU that blows your mind. Maybe if the options were more affordable more people would indulge. The sandwiches would taste better, and the chips would be less stale.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Tech: Looking a Bit Less Than Technologically Endowed – When you initially walk into Tech Institute, you imagine the architecture and electronics will sweep you off your feet. That's because you've taken into account NU's endowment. Unfortunately, for the aesthetic-focused students, Tech won't blow you away-at all really. But, for those with a heart driven by research and discovery, Tech will reveal equipment and technology that most schools dream of. Hidden behind the tacky LCDs, old tile, and horrendous green couches are treasures worth millions (for real).

2 College Freshman

Weather: Rain and Wind. All the Time – There are a few beautiful days where you can actually utilize the beach, but for the most part, it is raining all fall and spring.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Live on North campus if you want a more typical college experience. South campus is more artsy and less likely to go out. All of the frats are up north. Know that in filling out your housing application your choices don't really play a role in where you end up.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Beautiful Location, Great People – Northwestern is a beautiful campus right on Lake Michigan. The classes are challenging, especially in the engineering department, but there is still time for a social life.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Prevalent Than Drugs – The drug scene isn't too big but it really depends who you hang out with.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Wouldnt Venture More Than a Couple Blocks Off Campus at Night – I always feel safe on campus the campus and Evanston police does a good job keeping the area safe, but there are some parts of Evanston I wouldn't walk through late at night.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is free transportation as long as you have your ID card, but there are limited routes and times. Campus shuttles only start running after 6 or 9 p.m. There's a shuttle running all day that goes to downtown Chicago, which is nice.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Strict Enough – Cops follow you around if you're in a group and they think you're going to a party. It's pretty strict.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Low Spirit – Our sports teams aren't bad, but there isn't much school spirit.

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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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