College Junior 2012-01-23T05:57:44Z
Guys & Girls:
Good Variety – I think you can pretty much find whatever type you're looking for. There's a great variety here.
College Junior 2012-01-23T05:56:12Z
Public Transit – Shuttles, buses, the CTA, Metra, taxis. You can pretty much get anywhere with public transit once you figure it out how it works.
College Junior 2012-01-23T05:54:35Z
I've been to two football games, and I guess the school spirit was pretty good. But I'm not very into the athletics scene.
College Junior 2012-01-23T05:50:51Z
Enjoyed Dorm Life Much More Than I Thought I Would – Cost is a bit high (like everything at Northwestern), but there are a bunch of options for freshman dorms, and I've definitely enjoyed dorm life. South campus is very close to downtown Evanston and humanities classes, while North campus is closer to science classes and also the better gym. Residential colleges provide a nice sense of community, although I know a lot of people perfectly happy in res halls as well.
College Junior 2012-01-20T22:53:18Z
Could Be Better, but Not Bad – Northwestern has a cute downtown area with an Urban Outfitters, Chipotle, Noodles & Company, and such but isn't too extensive. You definitely have to go a bit further to go to a big grocery store. But it's not bad. The local people who live in Evanston don't seem to like Northwestern kids that much though.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-07T15:42:59Z
Northwestern's policy about drugs and/or alcohol is strict.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-07T15:42:17Z
Low Key – Though a good majority of Northwestern students drink on the weekends and some smoke weed, there are a multitude of options for those who do not wish to partake.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-07T15:39:43Z
Limited for Under-21S. Northwestern's party scene is a little limited for those under 21 and without a fake i.d. Every weekend boasts a variety of frat, house, and apartment parties for those who don't have the option of hitting the bars in downtown Evanston or Chicago. For those lucky partygoers over 21, Evanston offers an easily accessible variety of bars.
College Senior 2011-12-29T08:52:15Z
I love my school because I feel an absolute sense of academic freedom. Even though I'm a music student, I feel like I am able to take classes in any subject concentration that I want. Outside of academics, I love everything about Northwestern apart from the weather. I think that my campus is beautiful, and I love the proximity to Chicago. People will always complain, but if you go to school at Northwestern, you have it pretty good.
College Senior 2011-12-29T08:44:13Z
I like the on-campus housing situation at Northwestern because each dorm is different. Some dorms are incredibly social, while in other dorms people never even meet their neighbors. A lot of the rooms are too small, but the amount of students in each dorm is small enough that you should never feel overwhelmed.
College Senior 2011-12-29T08:36:23Z
Too Expensive – The food isn't terrible, but considering what you pay to eat it, it makes more sense to move off campus and make your own food. Sometimes I feel like you're better off being a vegetarian, because the meat can be terrifying, and should usually be avoided. Toward the middle of the year I went on the waffle diet. It was a great decision. I do like that each dining hall is slightly different. It's still exciting to go to Willard every once in a while because they have a really cool buzzer system that makes you feel fancy.
College Senior 2011-12-28T19:50:10Z
The school takes it very seriously. Northwestern highly values academic integrity considering how prestigious the university is.
College Senior 2011-12-28T19:41:25Z
Health & Safety:
Smart Phone Thefts – For some reason, recently there have been many attempted smart phone thefts with the excuse that the stranger needs the time or directions.
College Senior 2011-12-28T19:38:48Z
Guys & Girls:
There's a Variety – Most girls tend to be smart and attractive. The guys vary much more from handsome to not so much.
College Senior 2011-12-19T00:50:39Z
LOC is awesome because it is one of the most practical majors at northwestern and almost requires you to get a second major or two minors. It is also in the school of social policy that requires you to go find an internship and place to live for one quarter. Best major for real life experience
College Senior 2011-12-19T00:44:47Z
Housing Isn't Great – The campus housing is extremely expensive and usually pretty small. The best dorms are BOB and Elder and they are probably the worst dorms to live in, but are the best social dorms. They all pretty much suck but they are livable. Allison is the nicest dorm, but it is really far away from any parties.
College Senior 2011-12-19T00:42:01Z
Evanston is the best places with the most variety for off campus dining
College Junior 2011-12-15T17:34:50Z
Plenty of Internships – Evanston offers a lot of internships for Northwestern students with competitive pay and reasonable time commitment. There are also many jobs and internships on campus, and the people at the University Career Services are absolutely wonderful. They give you personal attention and help you along the way in finding your internship or your job.
College Junior 2011-12-15T17:31:01Z
Bring a Bike – Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars or parking permits. As you go up in seniority, you get better options, but the campus is very walkable and bikeable, so it's more expensive and more of a hassle bringing a car and trying to find parking spaces (they are limited) than just bringing a bike. There are a plenty of bike storage places all around campus. Both the campus and Evanston are very walkable. Also, the officers ticket hard if you park off limits.
College Junior 2011-12-15T17:23:42Z
Evanston and Chicago Are Great Cultural Resources – The Northwestern Evanston campus is definitely not a closed off campus. Although there is a distinction between the campus and the rest of Evanston, it blends in nicely. Downtown Evanston is very accessible from campus, and it has many quaint bookstores, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, as well as more upscale options. There are a plenty of eating options, and a lot to explore if you keep an open mind. Evanston is very well geared to the typical college town, serving the needs and the tastes of college students. If Evanston runs out of things to do, Chicago is only an El ride away. Chicago, needless to say, is amazing. There are so many things to do on campus, though, that you have to remind yourself to get out a little!
College Junior 2011-12-12T10:53:15Z
I love Northwestern and can not imagine having gone anywhere else. NU is home to many brilliant students, yet unlike what one might stereo-typically expect from a prestigious school, the students are extremely down to earth. It is not a crazy and competitive atmosphere, but rather seems much more about self-improvement. Students, in general, are hardworking, but also have more going on in their lives. Most are involved in multiple organizations on campus in addition to their schoolwork and also the motto "Work Hard, Play Hard" applies to campus as weekends bring out the inner partier in many weekday engineering nerds.
College Junior 2011-12-12T10:47:50Z
The Culture Divide – Dorms at Northwestern vary. There are many that have been recently redone such as Allison and Bobb-McCullough, however, many of the smaller dorms have been overlooked. North campus is home to engineers and the frats. One can live a very quiet life in Slivka, or party it up in America's #1 party dorm (according to the Huffington Post) - Bobb-McCullough. Down south you'll find the more artsy students and sorority row as well as a more quiet environment. North and south campus have a huge culture gap, and therefore where you live on campus can strongly influence your college experience.
College Junior 2011-12-12T10:37:40Z
Not Too Overwhelming – Greeks and non-Greeks certainly intermingle. A large percent of campus is Greek so it's very normal to learn that new acquaintances are greek. Freshmen do not rush until winter quarter, so for the guys who want to rush, a lot of the first quarter is attending events with the frats in order to figure out where they are rushing. For the girls, there's no real emphasis until rush itself - which is a pretty laid back process. The Greeks can often be seen doing fundraisers around campus and supporting events such as Homecoming. Overall, it's mostly another social outlet, but can give students a place that they will always belong.
College Junior 2011-12-12T10:29:40Z
Good Food, but Can Get Old – Dining is overall fine as long as you take the effort to move around campus rather than going to the same dining hall for every single meal. Most dining halls have a decent variety of stations: grill, sandwiches, pasta bar, salad bar, pizza, stir fry, and entrees. Sargent is known for its sandwiches, Allison has a good salad bar, Hinman excels at its entree area. Personally, I usually eat at Sargent since it's near my dorm, but a few trips south for lunch each week keep that from getting too dull.
College Junior 2011-12-07T04:33:10Z
Frat Parties on Weekends and the Keg Dominate Scene – Northwestern is by no means a "party school" but finding big parties is easy on any given weekend. Most of the on-campus party life is based in the frats, but there are almost always parties thrown by theatre groups or at off-campus apartments as well. The party scene may seem tame compared to larger state schools, and rarely gets dangerous or out of hand. In the winter, it dies down a bit, because nobody wants to go out in the freezing weather. People go out to bars (particularly The Keg) on Monday and Saturday nights, and almost everyone is underage. The shuttle system is convenient for getting to downtown Evanston or up to the frats. Northwestern nightlife definitely exists on the weekends, and it's enough for many people, but is not anything special.
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