College Sophomore 2012-12-30T16:21:44Z
Northwestern is an incredibly well-rounded and well-versed school. Not only are there a plethora of subjects and classes offered, but the experience and expertise of the faculty members is unmatched. The teacher and course evaluation system is extremely helpful during registration and you really can't go wrong with whatever decision you make. There are several libraries on campus specializing in multiple areas of study, and the work ethic of the students around you is enough to motivate you. The enthusiasm for higher learning at Northwestern is unparalleled.
College Sophomore 2012-12-30T16:18:00Z
There is no need for cars on campus, but for faculty and staff, and the students who require a car there is adequate parking and multiple lots to satisfy the need. Permits are expensive, but wants you get a spot, it's yours for the year.
College Sophomore 2012-12-27T19:48:25Z
Intra and inter campus shuttles are very helpful, and it is easy to reach the el to go to Chicago, etc.
College Sophomore 2012-12-24T07:07:42Z
Guys & Girls:
I haven't encountered any prejudice or ignorance so far. NU is incredibly more diverse than my high school, so I find it to be a marvelous menagerie of mankind. (lolz at that uppity consonance). There is a wonderfully vibrant gay community, especially on south campus... Being gay isn't really even a thing, like people don't care at all about that. The same attitude applies to race, religion, etc. It is a very refreshing place to learn.
THis was supposed to go under diversity...
College Sophomore 2012-12-24T07:04:27Z
I am currently an Economics student in WCAS, but I have been able to easily explore a variety of courses in other schools with little to no resistance. However, NU lacks Architecture and nursing, which are options I was previously considering and now can't... So that sucks but whatever its all good.
College Sophomore 2012-12-24T06:59:44Z
I rarely have to park, but the one time I did I received a ticket.
College Sophomore 2012-12-24T06:59:02Z
Evanston is a charming town with lots of restaurants, shops etc. On top of that, Chicago is 45 minutes away, and offers an endless list of exciting opportunities, academic and otherwise. This plethora of resources available just down the street sets NU apart from many other schools in less metropolitan areas.
College Sophomore 2012-12-24T06:56:34Z
Extremely fast paced, but the teachers are extremely knowledgeable and seem to really enjoy what they teach. Another aspect of the learning experience that makes NU so great is how talented all the students around you are; I feel like I am truly learning with the best and the brightest in the world. The fact that my peers care so much about school makes learning more fun, and enriches the learning experience that much more. The only downside is the extremely competitive nature that follows.
College Sophomore 2012-12-20T01:00:49Z
You definitely need your own computer. I would also recommend your own printer, if not in medill school of journalism.
College Sophomore 2012-12-20T00:57:11Z
There is not much illegal drug use. But if you want drugs, they are not hard to find. There are lots of people drinking, but it's not TOO ridiculous
College Sophomore 2012-12-20T00:53:19Z
There are many different types of people personality-wise, but not race wise. There are mostly white and Asian people.
College Junior 2012-12-18T20:26:36Z
I came to Northwestern because they provided me much more financial aid than any other top-tier school I got into. They cover all of your need, the downside being that that need is calculated by the school, of course. I have to say that what it came down to was being a Chicago high school student, because there is a special scholarship for us and that put my financial aid significantly over the edge. However, if you want to be a CA (RA) like me, things get funky. CAs purportedly receive free room & board, but since I was already paying less than the maximum I received only a little reduction and, in fact, was barred from taking the subsdized loans I had to fight for to begin with in my first year.
College Sophomore 2012-12-18T17:01:56Z
I received an okay amount of financial aid. My family really needed more, though.
College Sophomore 2012-12-18T16:59:04Z
I'm an engineering major at NU and it's difficult. I feel like my professors and advisers aren't very accessible, and the classes are very difficult. It's hard to find help when you need it, and a lot of our classes are HUGE. The upside is that if somehow you get through it, there's tons of great internship/job opportunities.
College Sophomore 2012-12-18T16:56:50Z
I'm majoring in engineering, so worrying about finding a job in my field isn't my main concern. We've got a great co-op program that sets you up with an internship. The problem I'm having the most is trying to pass my classes. Northwestern isn't exactly known as an engineering school, so the program is a little disorganized. Until now (my second quarter of school), I didn't even know how dropping classes worked or why I'd want to do it. Sometimes it's really hard to find someone to talk to when you have a problem as well.
College Sophomore 2012-12-18T16:53:03Z
There are a TON of places to eat in Evanston and almost all of them have NU student discount options. We've got falafel, stir fry and more! There's also an el station in Evanston, so, if you can't find what you want there, you almost definitely will find it in Chicago. Almost every restaurant I've been to in Evanston has been nice, but reasonably priced.
College Sophomore 2012-12-18T16:51:06Z
I didn't have any sort of problems getting into my Engineering major. When I applied to NU, I applied directly to the engineering college and everything was fine. From what I understand, it's not that difficult to change majors either.
College Sophomore 2012-12-18T16:49:50Z
I'm a freshman, so I haven't had any experiences with internships yet, but I'm hoping to get one soon. From what I've heard, the internships at NU could be more accessible.
College Sophomore 2012-12-03T16:40:03Z
There are six dining halls (actually, there are kind of secretly seven, because Plex has two sides!), and four are on south campus. I live on south campus, so I can rotate between all four (five!) dining halls. Each would get tiresome if I had to go there all the time, but I don't, so it doesn't get old. The food is delicious (with a few bad items here and there), in my opinion. For people who are on north campus a lot, Sargent has good food and there's a lot of variety.
Also, I'm not going to fully explain Hot Cookie Bar, but it is what it sounds like. It's pans of warm cookies that you can put ice cream on. Okay, I guess I explained it.
College Sophomore 2012-12-03T16:24:08Z
I'm a math major. Math is in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, so I have a language requirement (I started Chinese with no experience and am LOVING it) and distribution requirements ("distros"). Weinberg students have to earn two distros in each of six broad areas (the areas being natural sciences, historical studies, etc.). Consequently, I get a liberal arts education while getting my math major. It's cool. You can use AP/IB credits for two of these distros.
All my professors are super smart and interesting, and the workload is appropriately challenging but manageable. The quarter system lets you take more classes than you could at semester schools! I don't know what else to say - NU deserves its great academic reputation.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-25T05:10:51Z
I'm a Music Performance Major.
Required music academic classes can be a bit of a drag, but are always worth it in the long run.
The faculty here is OUTSTANDING and incomparable. Getting the opportunity to take lessons, have coachings, and work in ensembles with them is an incredible experience.
Wonderful peers--encouraging atmosphere.
The Dean of Undergraduate students in Bienen is a queen. She is incredibly helpful with class conflicts, planning your schedule, finding internships, etc. She makes it possible for so many students to do so many things.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-25T05:05:03Z
There are many varied off-campus options, including sit-down varieties as well as grab'n'go.
Fast food from Subway, Taco Bell, Burger King Jimmy John's
Pizza from Lou Malnati's, Carmen, Giordanos', Gigio's, Papa John's
Great coffee places, cafes, sandwich shops.
I couldn't be happier with the dining options found in Evanston. All types of food for any wallet!
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-25T04:59:16Z
Lots of options for students.
There is a silly brothel law, that fortunately is never enforced...
The closer you get to campus the more expensive the apartments are.
Any Parliament Enterprises apartments are poorly run..and likely to have mice!
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-25T04:56:50Z
Campus will put students caught smoking/drinking on probation. It is easy to get this removed from your record if you don't break probation or if you meet with an advisor/take the appropriate classes. Very fair.
College Sophomore 2012-11-22T20:51:33Z
There are plenty of shuttles for different needs [between Evanston and Chicago campuses, around Evanston campus, sports shuttles] but no one ever knows when they run. We're a fairly small campus, so public transportation is really not very necessary. SafeRide operates late at night to take kids back to their residences, but perhaps if they had more cars, more people would use the service.
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