College Senior 2011-11-28T14:20:55Z
Chicago has great weather for two months of the year in july and august so when no one is there. The winter is brutal and doesn't really get warm until mid to late april if you're lucky. Sometimes it doesn't get warm until may , which sucks because school is over in the first week of june. You also get there in september and it starts to get cold in October. It also rains a lot when it isn't snowing. When it is nice weather the beach if awesome and everyone goes out. Only really nice in september and most of spring quarter.
College Senior 2011-11-28T14:14:35Z
Evanston is a great place and very close to campus. Usually a ten minute walk with a lot of great restaurants. There isn't much to at night though. If you're underaged there is the keg and if you are of age there is nevin's. The local people of Evanston are not to fond of the students because of the parties. Overall the local atmosphere is a chill place with a lot to do just nothing overly exciting.
College Junior 2011-11-27T06:57:59Z
Honestly, if you're going to school for nice weather, you obviously aren't picking Northwestern. It gets cold fast, and the wind adds an extra component that makes early morning walks to class almost unbearable.
College Junior 2011-11-27T03:22:33Z
Inside Scoop – I came to Northwestern because it has a perfect balance of everything I wanted in a school. Great location (Evanston is a great city and Chicago is 15 min away), amazing academics (especially for journalism), awesome athletics, and manageable size. They also gave me the best FA offer of any school, which was huge for me. I know Northwestern is going to put me in the best spot to achieve in the future and I am going to have an amazing four years in the process. Isn't that what it's all about?
College Junior 2011-11-27T03:17:58Z
We are in the Big Ten, which is awesome for a school of Northwestern's academic caliber. However, you are never going to mistake us for a Michigan or Ohio State. We aren't big enough to fill a 100,000 person football stadium, nor have we been good enough.
That said, football and men's basketball always draws big crowds for big games and NU football has been on the cusp of national ranking for a few years. Our women's lacrosse team is legit too.
NU athletics are great and if you are huge sports fan like me you will still love it here, but because of our size and academic level, sports aren't as big here as other Big Ten schools
College Junior 2011-11-27T03:11:03Z
Most kids have their own laptops, but I've never had a problem finding an open one in the library when I needed it. They are always working and the printing system is easy enough. Sometimes the wifi is spotty, though.
College Junior 2011-11-26T01:09:11Z
Be Safe and Smart and You'll Be Alright – Strictness varies a lot from dorm to dorm. Campus officials are definitely pretty strict with the freshmen, but they lighten up as you learn the ropes. Fraternity parties rarely get busted, but any partying that goes overboard definitely has its consequences.
College Junior 2011-11-26T01:05:43Z
Guys & Girls:
Very Diverse Yet Involved Student Body – Northwestern has a great variety of people with lots of interests--from Varsity athletes to super hard-working engineering students to nature lovers to marching band members. Even though Greek life is pretty prevalent, socially, there is pretty much a place for everyone here, because of all the clubs that socialize together.
College Junior 2011-11-26T00:55:28Z
Lots of students love tailgating for football and basketball games, but it seems like those are the only sports that really draw a large fan base. Sometimes students will organize to go support other teams, such as Girls Basketball and Volleyball. Club sports are a really great thing to get involved in at Northwestern; they are still competitive, but less of a time commitment than a varsity sport. The club teams also have great team spirit and tend to become very close knit groups.
College Junior 2011-11-26T00:48:37Z
The facilities are Northwestern are pretty great. Norris, the student center, is super convenient and a good choice for a meal every now and then. They have Jamba Juice, Starbucks, and Sbarro inside--just to name a few. There are three athletic facilities on campus, but SPAC is by far the nicest. It's a great place to work out. The two libraries are also extensive and provide a good atmosphere to get work done.
College Junior 2011-11-26T00:45:43Z
There are a decent amount of computers around campus, and there's never really a time when you can't access a computer due to overcrowded labs. Printing can be a hassle, so it's better if you have your own printer or share with a roommate. Personal laptops are pretty much standard, but required for certain schools like Medill.
College Senior 2011-11-20T21:45:36Z
SO MUCH FOOD – Evanston has so many food options. You can find almost any kind of food you're searching for and most deliver. There are very few places open late though, a couple open till 2 and Burger King is the only option open 24 hours. Pricing is really expensive too.
College Senior 2011-11-20T21:43:44Z
Some of the facilities are great and some should be completely redone. The biggest problem is that everything is spread out. SPAC is a great athletic center but for someone living on the south side of campus, it is unreasonably far to go for a workout. Norris (the student center) is great!
College Junior 2011-11-16T22:53:03Z
No Free Printing – While there is free wireless everywhere, you can only print in the library and you need to pay per page. It's really inexpensive, but most people buy their own printers.
College Junior 2011-11-16T22:48:38Z
The school is located right near the "L" and there are free shuttles for students that go to down town Chicago.
College Junior 2011-11-16T22:46:00Z
While many people are involved in greek life, it's really not a big deal if you don't want pledge.
College Junior 2011-11-16T22:42:53Z
There are a variety of things to do on any given night. There are on campus parties and local bars. Most, however, require that you bring identification. There are other things to do at night as well if you're not into the party scene.
College Junior 2011-11-12T21:45:54Z
It's a huge shock coming from a souther climate all the way up here since it's cold pretty much after November until the end of the year.
College Junior 2011-11-12T21:42:02Z
There are always computers available and whether you're a mac or pc person, Northwestern definitely has both available to students, especially in the LIbrary.
College Junior 2011-11-12T21:40:58Z
Close to So Many Resources – Northwestern University is located in Evanston, which is extremely near the heart of Downtown Chicago. The university's location is close enough to the city that attending events in Chicago is hardly a hassle (just a train or bike ride down the road). However, since Evanston is a smaller town, there are the comforts of living in a "college town."
College Junior 2011-10-26T19:23:21Z
New on the Inside, Old on the Outside – Everything is made of stone and looks old from the outside but the interior is very comfortable and well-functioning. The student center (Norris) isn't really a popular hangout but has plenty of seating and food if wanted. The gym is really nice and I never have trouble with it being overcrowded except the basketball courts at times, but all the equipment is new and is really nice. It's a lot better than my local YMCA. My biggest complaint is everything closes very early so there's really nowhere to go or eat past 10.
College Senior 2011-10-25T02:54:48Z
Fantastic Dining Options – There are so many places in downtown Evanston to eat. You can find just about any type of food you want within walking distance. Chipotle, flat-top, Einsteins are some of the favorites among students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-18T21:32:37Z
Get Ready to Bleed Purple – NU has been an amazing experience. It is a great mix of Big 10 sports with school spirit everywhere and purple everywhere, but it is also a serious academic institution. Everyone is serious about school work, so you're never an overachiever if you're worried about your GPA. My experience has been so much better since going Greek--I have found a greater sense of community and belonging, and I have found out about shows, events, and student groups on campus through my sorority. I will always bleed purple, Go 'Cats!
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-18T21:27:36Z
Pick Your Poison – Living on campus at NU is what you make of it. If you are an artsy/theatre type person, definitely stick to your south campus options and maybe choose a Residential College if you're looking for that dorm bonding atmosphere. If you're looking for a crazier, frattier freshman year, head to North campus for Bobb or Elder (or Allison, for the South campus version of Bobb). If you don't care, pick a dorm near your classes. But in any case, go Greek and live in the house--best sense of community you can find on this campus!
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-18T21:22:04Z
Downtown Evanston Dining – If you're sick of the dining halls, downtown Evanston hosts an array of restaurants to choose from. There is a great mix of nicer sit-down places and run-in sandwhich shops. Check out Kafein or Unicorn Cafe if you want good coffee atmosphere outside of Starbucks, and restaurants like Cozy Noodles (Thai) are great for students because they are BYOB.
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