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3 College Sophomore

Administration: No positive or negative encounters as of yet.

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3 College Junior

Administration: While the administration allows students ample opportunity to organize and voice their opinions, at the end of the day, the administration gets the last word. If you're coming in as a student hoping to be an influential activist, Northwestern probably won't fulfill that for you.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Academic rules and policies are enforced so as to ensure honesty and integrity, and social things like drinking/smoking are pretty easy to get away with as long as you're smart about it and don't bother anyone else.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I have never been in much contact with the administration. They are generally understanding and won't over-punish you for anything. They understand that it is a college so things like alcohol are to be expected, and their major concern is your safety, not just trying to catch people in the wrong.

4 College Freshman

Administration: There are usually cops patrolling the area, but it's nice because there's a definite sense of security, and if you're not doing anything illegal there's nothing to worry about.

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The campus rules may seem strict, but there are always ways around them. The main concern is that you stay safe. If you do that, you shouldn’t run into any trouble with campus security or the CAs (community assistants—Northwestern’s version of RAs). Northwestern is very good about laying out the rules for freshmen right off the bat, so there are no arguments when it comes to your knowledge of what is allowed. Rules like those prohibiting coffee pots, lights in the dorm rooms, and overnight guests are easy to get around. The CAs can be very lenient with these issues; usually, if you keep quiet, they will, too. Policies about underage drinking are definitely the strictest, but again, be safe and campus authorities will not get involved. But if you wake up in the hospital, you may have a run-in with the administration. Overall, the CSOs (community service officers) and campus police do make their presence known, but if you don't give them a reason to bother you, they won’t. The CSOs are very nice, and they will wave and have a nice conversation with you, whether you are leaving the dorm in a skimpy skirt and tank top to go "party" or in your sweats to go study.

One policy that Northwestern is very strict with is plagiarism. Professors will always make sure that students are aware of the rules and consequences for such action. But let's face it: You’re at Northwestern. You are smart enough and fully capable to do your own work. Ultimately, University officials are there to keep you safe, and if you don’t create reasons to get yourself in trouble, they will mostly stay out of the way.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being drunk in public
  • Cheating
  • Having too many people in a dorm room
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
Dorm residents must check in any visitors with the CSO (community security officer) at night. Students cannot have overnight guests of the opposite sex.
Did You Know?
The CSOs are often very nice! They will have a conversation with you even if you're drunk.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 91 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 107 responses

  • 28% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 60% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 11% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.


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