College Senior 2011-06-22T00:16:58Z
Popular Sports Are Okay, Less Popular Sports Are Great – I'm not really into athletics myself. I know that our school, while a part of the Big Ten, has a football team that manages to lose a number of games every year. Our basketball team is maybe a little better, but the real winning team happens to be the women's lacrosse team, which has had quite a few victories in the school's history I believe. However, there is still a large turnout for football games in the fall and school spirit is not weakend by our many losses. Athletic facilities such as gyms and recreations centers are pretty great. Also, club sports such as water polo and rugby are popular, and there are a variety of intermural sports to participate in, one of my favorites being ultimate frisbee.
College Senior 2011-06-22T00:10:09Z
Engineering at Northwestern – Overall, I think the engineering faculty and curriculum at Northwestern is excellent. Every freshman in the engineering program is required to take a course called Engineering Design and Communication. It allows freshman to work in teams and develop an actual product prototype for a client. As a part of the class, I learned about how a product is developed, how to communicate effectively with a client, and how to contribute to the success of a team. I think this class provides freshmen with relevant experience that will prepare them for work in the engineering field.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-13T18:17:51Z
Always Something Going on – Whether you're at the bars around town or at an off-campus party, there is some type of party basically open to everyone that you can go to any night.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-13T18:16:21Z
Guys & Girls:
Definitely Economically Diverse – The Student body is very diverse, economically speaking. I was surprised to find that there is a very large range of students in terms of how much money they come from.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-13T18:12:47Z
Researchers Teach Classes – At Northwestern U, the professors are best at teaching their own research. It's very exciting, in depth work and you really get to know the current state of whatever field you and the professor are in.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-31T18:15:46Z
Walking Is Good – Luckily, the dorms and most housing are located fairly close to the campus. However, during winter, Northwestern sets up a shuttle service that will take you to school, which is a nice gesture on their part.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-31T18:14:47Z
Many Don't Need Cars – Many students don't even have cars. They comment that having a car is nice at times to get out of the city for trips and to do grocery shopping, but many have gone through their entire stint without a car.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-31T18:12:32Z
The Student Culture Is Incredible – Concerning the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the student culture cannot be surpassed. There were members that searched other top colleges such as Harvard Business School and Columbia University, but none could compare to the friendliness and helpfulness of the students at Kellogg.
College Senior 2011-05-20T17:38:33Z
Northwestern promises to provide everything outside of your EFC. It is a very expensive school, but if you need help, they will cover the difference. I am only here because of Northwestern's scholarships which was very helpful.
College Senior 2011-05-20T17:36:44Z
Greek life is interesting depending on your beliefs in the system. If you want to become a part of it, there are plenty of opportunities to explore and learn about fraternities and sororities. But, if you dislike the idea, YOU DO NOT WANT TO LIVE ON NORTH CAMPUS! The North campus dorms are surrounded by the frats. so you will constantly be exposed to drunken undergrads.
College Senior 2011-05-20T17:34:34Z
Evanston's Restaurants – Evanston is a town of culture and variety, so there are millions of restaurants nearby campus. Popular chains like Buffalo Wild Wings and Chipotle exist, but there are also unique restaurants I've never heard of before, such as Le Peep and Koi. Overall, there are restaurants for every type of taste and personality.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-15T16:32:54Z
I Live Off-Campus – I have never experienced anything that could be related to the Drug Scene at Northwestern University
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-13T06:11:48Z
really good – I've yet to meet someone without a netbook or a laptop, so I can't really vouch for the actual quality of computers because honestly most people really need to have their own here (and they usually do). It's just part of the student culture. If you ever need something specialized though, it's easy to get it at the library. NU owns subscriptions to every research database I've ever needed. Wireless is EVERYWHERE now, and it's usually really good and functional, very few calls to IT.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-13T05:41:16Z
Health & Safety:
not great. not even good – Evanston is not a shining example of a safe town, despite the amount of self-righteous people who inhabit it as full time residents. My street has had a number of robberies this year, and assaults happen. It is sort of unwise to walk alone here, especially if you are a girl. The fact that most off-campus students are limited to pretty faraway housing and often enter their places through dim alleys really doesn't help, but most people know this when they move next to Chicago. People travel in packs. To be fair, our health services are actually pretty good.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-13T05:35:25Z
Sucks on AND off campus – NU is pretty awful for strictness, and a lot of it has to do with Evanston's district of resident whiners who don't think they should tolerate student lifestyle to exist in their neighborhood. Enforcement itself is spotty: on campus, frat basement busts ranged from nonexistent to weekly; off campus, I rarely see cops from welcome week to dillo day. Don't be loud, and you likely won't get caught, but the fear (and over-occupancy eviction threats Evanston likes to issue) seems to keep true raging parties to a minimum.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-13T05:28:58Z
I'm surprised people are surprised – ok, yeah, NU has lots of white people, but I can safely say I've interacted with a sizable number of people from different ethnicities, races, economic statuses, and sexualities. I live with a few girls representing 4 races among us, though I never considered that until I wrote this. I think the 'cliques' of minority groups are just people who want to hang out with similar others, but for a lot of people, sharing a minority status isn't really a priority and other group memberships (ie greek life, friends, teams) are stronger. NU doesn't seem to have a policy to selectively admit for the sake of appearing diverse, though, and some schools are doing it on purpose, so there's that.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-13T04:56:03Z
Guys & Girls:
different than the hype – This is a weird school in that people have a lot of assumptions about it. People range from geeky to blandly average to really attractive, and though complaints about guys abound, attractive guys DO exist in places a majority of girls aren't thinking to look. A lot of freshman and sophomores seem to feel that everyone either doesn't date, or is in long distance relationships like they are. That ends around sophomore winter break and once people grow up the scene changes significantly, and people want the consistency of (probably serious) relationships. Yes, hookup culture will always be popular, especially in the Greek system - but being smart actually doesn't guarantee ugliness or awkwardness, and most people I know have found no shortage of interested people.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-31T18:55:34Z
So Far So Good – I have no real complaints but the diversity at northwestern is limited in almost every aspect. Not just race.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-31T18:50:53Z
Health & Safety:
Evanston is generally a very safe place. We do occasionally have crime but it is not usually violent crime (mostly stealing) and can be avoided by not traveling alone.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-30T22:15:48Z
Guys & Girls:
I find that there is a wide diversity of what kind of people are at northwestern. Boys can be flamboyantly gay, dancers, and theater majors, or athletes, engineers, or social sciences or some combination of them all. Girls are very similar in those respects, though I find that majors tend to show a dominating sex.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-30T22:12:17Z
There are many apartments available around campus but the distance from campus is directly related to cost. The apartments close to campus are sometimes outrageously expensive while the inconveniently placed apartments are cheaper. In order to secure apartments students have to start looking for one a year in advanced in order to get what they want. I also feel that the further you go from campus the less jurisdiction and presence the university police or police figures have. Parking is annoying since you have to pay for a permit to have a car on campus but the lots on campus are pretty convenient.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-30T22:06:47Z
Wide Range of Everything – Northwestern University offers a huge amount of majors and concentrations in six different schools. Each school has a specific track of study depending on what you want, or one for if you're still deciding on what you want. The professors for the most part make themselves available whenever students have questions and are approachable. The curriculum is whatever you decide you want to take. For every major and school there are specific requirements, such as distribution courses for the school, and core courses for your major, but they are very flexible and you are able to study and concentrate in what you are really interested in. The workload is usually pretty heavy. Since we work on quarter systems, and we have to complete the same amount of material in 9 weeks that a semester student has 15 weeks to study, there tends to be a lot of work, in and outside of class. Northwestern is a school for committed students, but students who also have a drive for their passions outside of academics, there is a huge active student life here and there is no limit to what the student body can accomplish, and there is no limit on what kind of groups can exist.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-13T14:52:23Z
Getting Around Town – Public transportation from Northwestern to almost anywhere is excellent. They have free buses for students to get into the city of Chicago, trains are an option and are near by, and the Metra system is vast. An international airport is closeby and accessible. The cost is very affordable for a student to take part in cultural and business opportunites. It is easy for students to get around without a car.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-13T14:45:41Z
Greeks Add Dimension – Greek life is an opportunity to get involved with a group of students to help soldify your acceptence and involvement in the university setting. Like life in general, some people have strong opinions either for or against an organization. It has more to do with who you are and surrounding yourself with people that share similar interests.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-09T03:38:12Z
All-Star University – It's filled with all-stars, and it has all-star amenities. Close to the greatest city in the country, picturesque and on the beach, tons of athletic events that actually receive national attention, more diversity and cultural enrichment than anywhere else, and let's face it: People work extremely hard. You will meet the most interesting and driven people you ever have, and chances are, you're one of them, too!
Sorry, there are no reviews.