College Junior 2011-10-11T16:19:03Z
the moment you get to school it turns freezing cold
College Junior 2011-10-11T16:18:30Z
the majority of people here go greek, thats where you find your social life
College Senior 2011-10-06T04:28:13Z
So Much More Than What I Could Have Expected – Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. You do have to pull your finger out and try here (some people are almost terrifyingly competitive), but people also know how to enjoy themselves. If you're one of those semi-socially awkward people and watch either Arrested Development, The Office, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, or Community (or all of them...), you'll fit in perfectly. And if you don't, you'll probably still fit in perfectly.
College Senior 2011-10-06T04:23:04Z
South Campus – Heading into town for some quick food is much easier if you're on south campus. Having said that, if Sargent finally gets to be too much (there are only so many made to order sandwiches a person can have), anybody will be willing to try out Evanston. The variety is fantastic, but my favorite has to be Flattop. I leave practically waddling every time.
College Senior 2011-09-30T01:50:45Z
all the cultural houses are fine, feels weird if you aren't that ethnicity but join anyway
College Senior 2011-09-30T01:47:58Z
Good Balance – SPAC, the gym, is perfect for staying active but you can always join intramural sports for a more organized form of exercise. The libraries are great, lots of space, good levels of quite. Campus life is good with student group performances and concerts. you don't have to party to have a goodtime
College Senior 2011-09-28T17:17:20Z
People Go Out a Lot, but Mostly Weekends. There's always a party. There's a big separation between north campus parties and south, so everyone can generally find a place to go out.
College Senior 2011-09-28T17:15:59Z
Guys & Girls:
What You Would Expect – of a university with a lot of Jews and hipsters. Girls are generally better looking than guys but over time everyone seems good-looking. Then you go out into the real world.
College Senior 2011-09-28T17:13:09Z
Kind of old, not a big deal. Not amazing, fine. Wireless is sketchy at times.
College Senior 2011-09-28T05:23:48Z
I have to say that Northwestern's cutoff points for financial aid are pretty harsh. It doesn't work out so well for people who may have a pretty steady source of household income but need some financial aid to cover the rest (i.e. upper middle class)... however, the university definitely works to make sure those who really, really need financial aid WILL get it. It sucks for students who are kinda stuck in the middle, but you do have to give the university props for giving the financial aid to those who really need it.
College Senior 2011-09-28T05:20:37Z
The shuttle system isn't exactly the best and doesn't run as frequently as some would like, but it definitely gets you to major places on campus and definitely makes traveling during the winter so, so much better.
College Senior 2011-09-28T03:57:17Z
The Best Education You Can Get, Just Missing One Element – The education that one receives at Northwestern, particularly in Medill, is the best education you will find anywhere in the country. Individual attention and personal relationships with advisors and professors are something that most students become accustomed to. The one drawback is that Medill continues to throw the idea that sports journalism and many other specialty areas in the journalistic field are legitimate forms of journalism.
College Senior 2011-09-28T03:02:25Z
Pretty Good Food but Gets Boring – The food is pretty good quality, but after a while they start repeating meals and it gets old, even the sandwich bar. There are always some sketchy foods that nobody ever touches though.
College Junior 2011-09-27T16:48:26Z
Everyone Brings Their Own Laptop – There are plenty of computer labs, but almost everyone brings their own computer. The internet is very fast except in large lectures, when it tends to get bogged down.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-21T04:17:54Z
Can't Really Think of Much – In terms of academic programs, social scene, and campus life I'd say NU is pretty average. However one of the best things about this school are the resources that are available to the students. I know people who went to other schools and didn't enjoy the benefits of the resources I had available at NU.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-21T04:13:06Z
Parking rules are very strict. If you park where you shouldn't even for 5 minutes, you will get caught and fined. I think the average is $50. Permit costs are pretty average, relative to what I've heard other colleges charge. You don't really need a car on campus if you live on campus or within walking distance. The only people who really need a car would be people who live 2 miles or more away from school and mostly only because of the winter months which can be brutal to biking and shuttle commuters.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-21T04:09:28Z
Off Campus Options Vary – the off-campus options that are conveniently near campus aren't the best in terms of being exceptionally kept. Also any off-campus housing option that is really great is usually very expensive, even when rent is divided among a few roommates. The school really doesn't do much to help you find housing. They mostly just have a website with links to pages with apartment listings.
College Senior 2011-09-21T03:57:55Z
Relatively Diverse – Northwestern is a lot more diverse than my hometown which is like 95% caucasian. I definitely like the diversity and I think that generally diversity is accepted in the Northwestern community, but I have also noticed that most students of similar backgrounds tend to hang out with each other more than others.
College Senior 2011-09-21T03:57:25Z
Northwestern is known to give out decent financial aid. I was able to get some money because I have two older siblings in college, which affects how much aid is given out.
College Senior 2011-09-21T03:50:25Z
Unique Things – Northwestern has a beautiful campus, situated right by the lake and right outside of Chicago. Its teachers are world renowned, and students genuinely enjoy getting involved in campus activities.
College Senior 2011-09-21T03:48:20Z
Health & Safety:
Pretty Safe – I have not necessarily felt unsafe at Northwestern, but with all of the security alerts that we receive emails about tell me that I should probably shouldn't be as comfortable as I am walking alone at night on campus. But I have noticed that most of these security issues are not necessarily on out campus, but around it (i.e. on streets surrounding campus.)
College Senior 2011-09-21T03:47:47Z
Athletics at NU are fun if you choose to get involved (and you should). Football games are FREE and most of the time we're competitive and it's exciting to be in the student section with everyone. Off-campus tailgates are fun. Basketball is fun too if you make the trek up in the winter and MAYBE you'll be part of the season we finally get to the NCAA tournament. We're D1 and games are free... go and have fun.
College Senior 2011-09-21T03:43:22Z
The journalism program is rightly reputed as intense, but it's worth it. Classes are extremely engaging, and professors are very willing to work with students in developing their skills. The Career Services department also assists students in securing jobs and internships during summer and post-graduation.
College Senior 2011-09-20T19:53:21Z
LOVE IT – I have had nothing but a great time on campus, but you need to come find out for yourself and not only trust me.
College Senior 2011-09-20T19:52:07Z
Not Strict – I have yet to hear about anybody being unfairly punished by the administration.
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