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.
College Junior 2012-04-06T18:37:03Z
Evanston Is No Chicago – Evanston is the city that Northwestern University is engulfed in. However, the city and the school do not really coexist. Besides a couple options for food Evanston has nothing to offer: no great bars, no great attractions, and poor shopping. So, the best thing to do is to go into Chicago often, anything I need or want to do or get can be found in Chicago.
College Junior 2012-04-04T21:36:50Z
Norris Student Center – Norris is all around a great student center. Students go there frequently for coffee, food, and to meet up with other students. The view of the lake is very nice, even though the architecture of Norris itself leaves one inquisitive of how the Brutalist style can be appealing. The downside of being near the lake is that none of the dorms are close to it.
College Junior 2012-03-11T03:07:40Z
Cold Winters but Beautiful in Fall and Spring – The weather in the winter is definitely cold, which causes some people to hibernate and not want to leave the indoors as often. However, once the weather gets warm again, campus is absolutely beautiful. The lake fill is wonderful, and there are beaches on campus as well that will be full of students happy to see the sun again.
College Junior 2012-03-11T03:04:19Z
Wonderful Theatre Program – The theatre program here is extremely well-known, and for a reason. Freshmen often complain because they cannot start the acting classes until sophomore year, but they are well worth the wait. What's great about the program is how balanced it is. You take theatre classes, are allowed to work on as many shows as you want, and can audition as well. But you also take classes outside of theatre, and non-performance classes related to theatre such as design or history. The theatre community is a very big part of campus here, and full of some of the most fun and friendly people. The proximity to Chicago makes the possibility of working in theatre in the area possible for graduating students or people looking for summer work. You'll walk out of here with a great education as well as wonderful theatre experience.
College Junior 2012-03-11T02:54:42Z
Alcohol Is the Drug of Choice – Drinking is prevalent on campus. Other drugs are used, but less openly. The most common is marijuana, and you can definitely seek out people who smoke it, or avoid it. Some people occasionally use harder drugs, but it's not a big part of the social scene. You're much more likely to get in trouble for drinking here, especially in the dorms. Out at parties, it is unlikely you will get in trouble, and may just have to leave if the cops bust the party. However, fraternities have a history of getting shut down here for alcohol use. There have been more alcohol related hospitalizations here this year in comparison to previous years. Overall though, this campus probably has less of a binge drinking culture than other larger schools.
College Junior 2012-03-11T02:51:39Z
Decently Diverse in Certain Areas – There is ethnic diversity here, but people do seem to stick to people similar to themselves. There are international/multicultural groups on campus, but those organizations do not interact much with the rest of the social scene on campus. However, people are VERY accepting here. Everyone is VERY tolerant of other races, cultures, religions, and sexual orientations. I meet people who come from very different backgrounds all the time. Many people have money, as it is expensive to go here, but there is to an extent economic diversity as well.
College Junior 2012-03-11T02:44:27Z
Big part of campus life – Greek life is VERY big here. But at the same time, it doesn't fit all of the negative stereotypes that it has at many other schools. Pretty much anyone can find a place in the Greek system that works for them. All kinds of people go greek. For the average social student, frat parties dominate weekends. But there are other huge scenes as well like the theatre scene and sports teams, and you will have no problem finding a social life here if you're part of another organization. But the campus is VERY Greek. It is a good part of campus life, and a great way to make friends.
College Junior 2012-03-03T22:57:39Z
Not Too Strict – Sometimes the cops come to crazy parties but that about it. CAs are chill.
College Junior 2012-03-03T22:52:35Z
Lots of Options – The dining halls are decent, but you only really get variety if you go to many different ones. But you can use points at the student center and other cafes so that is nice.
College Junior 2012-03-03T22:49:25Z
Plenty of Opportunities – There's always a lot to do, especially with Chicago so close. There are also plenty of clubs and organizations, the only problem is you don't always actually have time to do that much with class work.
College Junior 2012-02-16T05:38:01Z
Health & Safety:
Crime Safety – Lighting is quite dim on campus, and a lot of robberies have occurred this year. Do not walk alone at night. Otherwise, it is relatively safe
College Junior 2012-02-05T02:18:25Z
Love the Quarter System – We have some amazing classes here, and the quarter system allows you to take advantage of them. You take fewer classes at a time, so you get to devote more attention to your classes, but by the time you graduate you have typically taken many more classes than the average semester-system school. It makes it incredibly easy to double major and/or minor and still have leftover room for a few random electives. The quarter system is well worth the oddly-timed breaks and faster-paced classes.
College Junior 2012-01-30T22:14:30Z
Gone Greek – With winter rush, fraternities are basically recruiting freshman all fall quarter and throw open parties. But winter and spring quarter basically eliminate open parties and rushing is really the only way to enjoy big parties, especially for guys. Overall, the Greek system is great here.
College Junior 2012-01-30T22:11:32Z
What You Expect – Buses are free, but they are usually running late so they are better used for going to meet with friends than for class. The El is really close and pretty cheap so going to Chicago is really no hassle.
College Junior 2012-01-30T22:04:00Z
Health & Safety:
Don't Be Stupid – Most of the time crime is off campus late at night when someone is walking alone, so make sure you travel in packs or call safe ride. But there has been a few daylight crimes this year. Health is good, safety is lacking.
College Junior 2012-01-23T05:58:31Z
It's Evanston. There's a lake right there. The cold here is not a joke, and it can snow a lot. If your classes are far from your dorm, then that really sucks.
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