College Junior 2012-07-23T03:24:37Z
Health & Safety:
Really Safe – In the heart of campus I never feel threatened and I often am able to walk worry-free on campus at night alone. Off campus there are always police officers around and many security alert call buttons. Recently the university has ramped up their alcohol safety programs, they are generally tolerant of the behavior, meaning they put student safety first and recognize responsibility.
College Junior 2012-07-11T21:08:32Z
I Love Northwestern – I loved Northwestern before I even started taking classes. It is a beautiful campus and the people are amazing. I made so many great friends and love every second of being here. The social life is better than most people expect, and the academics are top-notch. We have an amazing research university that provides opportunities for anyone to get involved that wants to.
College Junior 2012-07-11T21:05:44Z
Process Could Have Been Easier – When I first received my financial aid, I didn't receive nearly as much as I needed. I called the financial aid office, and they did not really try to help me much. My mom called a bunch more times and we kept getting a little bit more each time she called/filled out more forms. I think Northwestern could stand to give out a bit more aid considering how expensive the tuition is.
College Junior 2012-07-11T21:03:04Z
Sports Are Alright – We don't have the best sports teams. We lose many football games and the other sports teams aren't the best either. Women's lacrosse is great though, they win every year's championship. Fan support and school spirit is pretty good, we have fun dressing up for football games and such. But again, it could be better. IM sports are good because anyone can play.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T15:27:55Z
Big Ten Sports With Small School Charm – One of the great things about Northwestern is that you can watch Big Ten sports without the pressure of having to buy tickets in advance, get there really early, or feeling pressured to go to every game.
College Senior 2012-07-05T18:57:54Z
Lakeshore Campus in the "Windy City" – I am from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, so I thought I was completely ready for the weather at NU, but the wind coming off of the lake is stronger and colder than I expected, and it's always blowing. As long as you have a wind-breaker when you walk to class, you'll be fine.
College Sophomore 2012-06-11T19:33:10Z
Academic Opportunities Are Vast – so many opportunities if you are willing to go for it.
College Junior 2012-05-30T19:33:03Z
Off campus housing in Evanston is a mixed bag. There is plenty of variety in that you can get a house or apartment and they are not terribly expensive for what they are ($900 to $1500). From what I've seen, the housing is generally nice and is worth the cost. Most housing is near campus and the neighborhoods are fairly safe. One thing I should mention is that parking sucks in Evanston.
College Junior 2012-05-30T18:54:36Z
Greek Is an Option – Being part of the Greek life is only an option when it come to the social scene here in Evanston. There is no stigma associated with being Greek or not. The fraternities and sororities on campus are very active in philanthropy and community service as well as social activities. As far as housing, most Greek organizations own houses on campus. These houses are slightly dated, but are equal if not better than the dorms on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-16T18:03:03Z
I think that Northwestern has lived up to their excellent reputation. I am in the School of Continuing Studies program, and everyone has been nice and helpful. It is however the hardest course work that I have ever done, but I am constantly being challenged and pushing myself.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-16T18:00:07Z
The professors utilize computer resources well, but I have never used the lab ones.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-16T17:59:11Z
It is very windy and can get very cold, which makes going outside for classes daunting.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-16T17:55:49Z
Professors Are Unique – Through Northwestern, I have been exposed to professors who are very talented and resourceful. What I like about them is that they are real people who I can relate too. They talk about the mistakes they have made in their careers and their successes. Their resources offer a lot of opportunities and advice.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-16T17:48:20Z
21 and Under – Even though I have not reached the age of 21, there are still a lot of fun things to do around campus at night. Located close to the city, easy access to public transportation makes it convenient to go anywhere. I even went on a ghost tour through a historic district! But the university itself offers lots of things to do, including activities like balls, haunted houses, movie nights, and pub nights.
College Senior 2012-05-01T05:21:59Z
I'm Glad I'm at Medill – The Medill School of Journalism is one of the best in the country, and I would definitely do it all over again. Although I don't plan on being a reporter, I know my background in Medill gives me a leg up on Communications majors and I still get to take tons of marketing related classes, with an internship my senior year in marketing. Although the field I'm going into isn't great employment-wise right now, being at Medill will definitely help.
College Senior 2012-05-01T05:19:41Z
Required Internship – The Medill school of journalism has a required internship during one quarter of your junior or senior year, in the field of your choice (newspaper/online, magazine, broadcast, marketing communications). However, most students also have internships during the summers, and Medill is great about updating it's online career services Web site and helping students revise resumes and cover letters.
College Senior 2012-05-01T05:17:13Z
Pretty Straighforward – There's an essay specific to the journalism school if that's the major you're applying for, but it's very straighforward. I didn't encounter any real difficulties when applying, it's pretty similar to all college applications, Northwestern uses the Common App and then there's a supplement.
College Senior 2012-05-01T05:12:45Z
Strong Journalism Program – The professors are experts in their fields and are very helpful, the curriculum is great after freshman year where they load you with work to weed kids out who aren't up to the challenge. Overall an awesome program with fantastic opportunities. The program is what you make of it, you can choose to take part in programs like the innocence project and Medill on the hill or not, which I think is great because kids who really love journalism get a ton out of it.
College Senior 2012-04-27T14:49:04Z
Evanston is a great college town. There are so many fantastic restaurants within walking distance, and some even have student discounts. There is a nearby movie theater, public library, Whole Foods and CVS, and an easy, accessible, transit system- the Evanston loop. There are great options for off-campus living, and Chicago is just 40 minutes away! Most businesses will be happy to sponsor student-run philanthropies. However, conflict arises when it comes to apartment living. Noise complaints are filed very often and the Brothel Law (no more than 3 unrelated tenants in an apartment) caused quite a stir among students.
College Senior 2012-04-27T14:40:55Z
Drinking Is More Popular – Alcohol is definitely a staple at most fraternity or off-campus apartment parties. However, it is easy to enjoy yourself at these parties without partaking in drinking. Personally, I haven't been exposed to or seen any kind of drug scene, but as with any campus, I'm sure there is a population of students that does use drugs. There are pretty strict alcohol policies, but one thing that sets Northwestern apart is its amnesty policy. A student who calls the police to save a friend or themselves will be pardoned for partaking in or being around underage drinking.
College Junior 2012-04-07T21:07:30Z
Get from a to B – The transportation is avaiblable - shuttles around campus, to and from Chicago, etc - but it isn't always entirely reliable.
College Junior 2012-04-07T21:05:29Z
Food Capital of Northern Chicago – There is a huge presence and variety of restaurants in Evanston - it's often called the food capital of northern Chicago or something along those lines. Lots of delicious places to eat. Also some great sandwich places - Panera, Subway, Cosi; cafes - Starbucks, Unicorn Cafe, Kafein; restaurants of all types, ice cream/froyo, etc.
College Junior 2012-04-07T21:03:24Z
Food Capital of Northern Chicago – There is a huge presence and variety of restaurants in Evanston - it's often called the "food capital of northern Chicago" or something along those lines. Lots of delicious places to eat. Also, there is a CVS very close to south campus for any other needs, and shopping places like Crossroads where you can get cheap, trendy clothing (or winter accessories, etc). In addition, for more exciting endeavors, Chicago is just a train ride away. Overall, Evanston is a wonderful town and anything you might need is readily accessible.
College Junior 2012-04-06T19:01:01Z
Greek and Chicago – The social life and party scene is run by the greek system predominately. There are options outside of greek, but they are much smaller with "less cool" people. The parties in general are not as much fun on average compared to other schools. There are just not enough people or interest, or as many "cool people" for the party scene to be great. However, it can be fun if you know enough people and go to the right events. Bars and clubs are only good in Chicago, but they're great there with better people funneling from Loyola and DePaul.
College Junior 2012-04-06T18:55:38Z
Health & Safety:
I Wouldn't Worry – The security is solid enough. The school is located in a pretty nice area of Evanston. So, as long as one doesn't wonder off too much off campus alone there shouldn't be any problems.
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