Recent Alumnus 2011-03-09T03:36:09Z
It's Almost Always Cold – Yes, you're on the beach. And if you're lucky, you'll have beach weather for the first week that you're there (recall: you arrive in mid-September), and then for a couple of weeks right before summer break. So, enjoy the 3 weeks out of the year that it's temperate. The rest of the time you'll be shuffling around in your Northface and earmuffs. You DO get used to it, though.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-09T03:33:12Z
Not a "College Town," but Not Too Shabby – The Keg is the most lenient-- there are high schoolers that frequent it during the summers. For a more relzed 21+ scene, try the Celtic Knot, Bar Louie, Prairie Moon or Bat 17. It's hard to go out on the cheap, just keep that in mind.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-10T00:44:46Z
Computers are excellent. They are always in use, though, especially at exam time.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-29T08:12:10Z
Strict, but try the smaller houses – I hear of quite a few people complaining about how strict CAs can be on rule violations, and there was an article in the Daily about a CA calling the cops after he or she smelled pot in the hall. However, the smaller houses usually police themselves, are generally quieter, and are therefore more likely to have kind CAs. Freshmen can't live there, but if living in a big dorm doesn't work, try these.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-13T07:03:39Z
financial aid officers are nice and Northwestern really tries to give you as much as you need.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-13T07:01:24Z
First of all, there are limited number of dining halls. They all serve the same, old, repetitive, not-so-delicious food. The people working are sometimes really mean and racist.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-30T17:36:11Z
Strong School Spirit for Poor Performance – There is strong school spirit during homecoming football games, but this is rarely found during any other athletic activities. Northwestern University is not great when it comes to team performance in varying athletic teams.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-30T17:33:08Z
Although there is a dominant white population, all ethnicities can be found. There are many student groups that include and are open to everyone regardless of race, economic background, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-30T17:25:16Z
Quiet Town Neighboring Big City – Although there aren't that many things to do in the quiet town of Evanston, it only takes about an hour to get to the heart of Chicago.
College Senior 2010-12-29T20:37:03Z
City Life – Most undergrads live on campus and don't really need a car. You can take the El or a bus to the city easily.
College Senior 2010-12-29T20:35:48Z
Don't Tell – Most people have and use the money to do drugs - the Dorm Advisors can't do anything unless they catch you directly. Most people in my dorm go to frats to drink, though you can drink in the room if you keep the door closed. the whole lax policy drives me nuts - I'm here to study. Though honestly, it's probably better than you'd find at most college: I just got landed with a partygirl as a roommmate.
College Senior 2010-12-29T20:30:52Z
I'm hoping to get into the musical theatre certificate program (we audition in the spring of frosh and soph years) and so I'm currently preparing for that. Most of my classes were challenging without being impossible, though one professor was kind of a washout. We tend to get to know the profs extremely well, which helps whenever you have questions about the industry or even another class.
College Senior 2010-12-17T01:19:38Z
Amazing Choices – Even without Chicago, which is a quick ride away and can provide you with absolutely any dining experience, Evanston provides all the dining you could want. There's a huge variety, from your normal Chipotle, Noodles and Jimmy Johns, to really ethnic places that range from Thai to Stir Fry and Sushi. Also great Chicago style pizza, and places like Burger King and Clarke's diner that are open til 2 am or all night. Really decently priced and lots of places offer student discounts.
College Senior 2010-12-17T01:17:17Z
Don't Bring a Car – With Evanston and all classes within walking distance, don't bring a car. Parking in Evanston is generally free but away from campus and limited.
If you're concerned, get a bike.
College Senior 2010-12-17T01:16:22Z
Decent Big Ten Sports – It's awesome going to such a prestigious school that still has Big Ten sports. We play against some of the best teams in the country, and actually usually do decently against them. The best part about going to only a decently good school is when you beat big teams (like Iowa). Often people will forgo going to games for studying, but there's always really spirited crowds that go to every game, making them really fun to go to.
College Senior 2010-12-17T01:14:30Z
Guys & Girls:
Girls Hotter Than Guys...But Thats OK – There's tons of beautiful girls here, and I'd have to say the guys aren't quite as attractive. However, you go to Northwestern, which seriously ups the chances that someone you're interested in is smart, interesting, and passionate, which is a huge plus.
College Senior 2010-12-17T01:12:17Z
Not Perfect, but Everything I Could Have Hoped for – I absolutely love Northwestern. While it does have its drawbacks (notably the quarter system's break schedule), NU's positives--unparalleled academics and location by Chicago, community feeling, Big Ten sports, beautiful campus, social and intelligent students--make up for them, and I can't imagine going anywhere else.
College Senior 2010-12-17T01:07:36Z
Perfect Combination of Evanston and Chicago – Northwestern offers you everything you could want in terms of location. Campus is located in Evanston, which is an awesome suburb that has amazing dining and shopping and feels very "homey." However, Chicago is about a 30-40 minute ride away via El, CTA, or shuttle, which--as the 3rd largest city in the country--can provide you with absolutely any cultural experience or entertainment you could imagine. I can't imagine going to college anywhere else--Northwestern provides the perfect detached collegiate setting with a big city experience.
College Senior 2010-12-15T07:00:43Z
Take the Shuttle – There is a free shuttle that takes you around campus. It is especially useful during the winter months. The campus is very long and it is very hard to get across it in a single passing period. Having a bike is definitely recommended, but that doesn't work well during the winter.
College Senior 2010-12-15T06:58:13Z
Some CAs will cite students for possessing or consuming alcohol. Others will turn a blind eye. For academic offenses, like plagiarism and cheating, the punishments are pretty strict and severe. They make you write an essay about academic integrity as part of your freshman acceptance procedure.
College Senior 2010-12-15T06:54:40Z
Dorms at Northwestern – Generally, dorms at Northwestern are pretty good but are generally dumping grounds for freshmen. Upperclassmen tend to live off-campus, in sorority/fraternity houses, or in the higher quality upperclassmen dorms. Residence halls are another option for those wishing to enter a closer knit community. Many people stay in their residence halls throughout their college career.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-05T23:53:09Z
The libraries in the school are very helpful when you need a quite well equipped place that provides you with the essentials to do your homework anytime during the day and even nights.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-05T22:01:26Z
What happens when you mix a huge amount of white rich kids with a small smattering of everyone else? Northwestern. Read the comments in the Daily Northwestern (campus newspaper) for an idea. Comments I've seen include "financial aid-iots," "minorities with chips on their shoulders," etc. Luckily, there are pretty vocal student organizations who stand up for students of color and other likely targets of bigotry. But the numbers make it a pretty bad place for authentic diversity.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-05T21:51:32Z
I moved off-campus almost entirely to save money from the mealplan. It's beyond ridiculous.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-05T21:48:16Z
Admins Are Awesome, Students Are Pricks – the university does a fantastic job with providing financial aid. NU is need-blind and made going here cheaper for my family than the in-state school i applied to. when my dad lost his job, they upped my aid mid-year to keep me in school. that being said, a lot of the other students look down on you for 'taking their money' (and say that to your face). elitism at its worst in that department.
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