Recent Alumnus 2010-03-27T05:08:58Z
Not Very Diverse – Northwestern's campus is primarily white. People often complain about the lack of students of other races on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-27T05:05:48Z
Good Wireless Access – The wireless speed on campus is great and rarely crashes. It's also simple to access the Northwestern network from off-campus locations.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-25T22:34:04Z
What Did You Expect? Chicago weather-enough said.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-25T22:32:38Z
No One Cares – We suck-and it reflects in students' enthusiasm.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-25T22:29:32Z
Classes are rigorous but not necessarily pertinent to what I feel students should know. Then again, a lot of the programs here are pre-professional, and I was hoping for more of a traditional broad liberal arts education.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-25T19:28:52Z
There are shuttles running throughout campus all day long. When trying to get into Chicago, no need to take Chicago public transportation and pay because the school has a shuttle that runs to the Chicago Northwestern campus, which stops two blocks from the heart of Michigan Avenue.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-25T19:24:47Z
Evanston Is Amazing – Evanston is a beautiful town. There are countless options for dining within the city. If nothing appeals to you, Chicago is just a short little El ride away!
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-25T19:23:23Z
Computers here are fine. There's plenty in the library, and most dorms have a small computer lab inside the building. There is a printing cost of 8 cents per page, but the Medill building allows all Medill students to print for free, so that is very helpful. The network is also average. Depending on the computer (Mac users tend to have many more problems with connections than PC users)the network is fine otherwise.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-25T18:31:09Z
Don't bring a car unless you really need it – Unless you really need it, don't bring a car. It's expensive, and tickets are no joke. Tickets can be based off the number of inches of snowfall. You could be in class, it snows two inches, and you come outside to find a ticket on your car because your car is now illegally parked. Worse, your car would be towed. So I feel like it's not worth it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-25T18:27:47Z
DON'T BRING A CAR – Evanston has towed my car twice for parking in front of my own apartment, and I've gotten four tickets from NU for parking in front of my own dorm. There is no leniency here. Only seniors are allowed to park on campus, and you have to pay a lot of money if you want a legal parking spot anywhere. Bottom line: Don't bring your car.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-25T18:27:44Z
Really there is a lot of diversity when it comes to political background and religion. There are a lot of people of Asian decent, and Northwestern likes to pride itself on that fact. But there are very few black and Hispanic people here. We have only 140-something incoming black freshmen, but there are at least 2,000 students in the 2013 freshman class. Stuff like that needs to change.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-25T18:25:30Z
Find the Right People – Bars are 21+ in Evanston, so you need a fake ID if you're not 21. Since that's a felony, I don't recommend doing that. Instead, find some people you really like hanging out with and you can have an awesome time drinking at the dorms or house parties, or maybe even the frats if you find someone who's in. Find some upperclassmen to show you around. The key is just to meet a lot of people and you'll find somewhere where the party is hopping. Don't listen to the people who say that NU sucks for partying, because they're the ones who just sit and study all day, every day.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-25T18:24:50Z
Health & Safety:
Crime on campus – I feel very safe on campus. I usually don't walk alone at night-well, not anywhere too far. We have SafeRide and shuttles that run throughout the night so there really is no reason to. There have been some crimes on campus, but the most dangerous crime that occurs daily on campus is bike theft.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-25T17:59:12Z
Majoring in Journalism at Northwestern – One thing about majoring in journalism at Northwestern: You have to be committed. The workload is heavy, no doubt about it. But you will learn so much and if you want a career in journalism, this is the place to be. You need 12-14 journalism credits (most classes equal one credit at NU), 14 distribution credits-it IS a liberal arts school, and they want you to get a well-rounded liberal arts education-a year of a language, three social science credits, a six-credit concentration in the school of arts and sciences, and 8 to 10 electives. Plus, there's an 11-credit Diverse Cultures requirement, but you can double electives for that. If you double major/minor, then you will be set on the six-credit concentration and some of your electives. Medill and NU really want to help you get jobs-the Career Services Offices are pretty helpful, and there's a program called Medillink where employers post jobs/internships for journalism students.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-25T16:10:04Z
Huge Range of Apartments, Usually Pretty Expensive – Evanston is just expensive. However, you can find ranges of apartments based on price, but it usually correlates to how comfortable the apartment will be. For example, you can choose to live in Park Evanston, an apartment complex on Chicago Avenue (a main street of Evanston, two blocks from campus) with amazing apartments and great amenities (washer/dryer in unit) OR you can live in Ridge/Noyes apartments, which are easy to dirty, relatively cheap, and extremely spacious.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-19T03:37:52Z
So far, I've had a great time. I've made lots of friends and have been exposed to many new and diverse situations that have challenged me to become a better student, person, athlete, and adult.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-19T03:33:14Z
I've never been exposed to the law here at Northwestern, so I really don't know.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-19T03:30:24Z
Food in Dining Halls – I use nearly every dining hall or other café food options on campus. I like how each dining hall offers varieties of food. Lisa's is good if you need a quick sandwich, while Norris is good if you have a little more time to sit and eat. The dining halls offer omelets, sandwiches, salads, etc., as well as soups and burgers. They are a great place to meet up and shoot the breeze with friends.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-12T16:43:26Z
Run of the Mill – People drink, and people smoke weed and tobacco. It's college.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-12T16:39:09Z
Good Enough – You may not see many shiny, brand new buildings in your everyday routine at NU, but overall, the facilities are perfectly adequate and some are particularly cool. Deering Library and Ford Engineering Design Center come to mind.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-12T16:36:44Z
Evanston's Pretty Cool. Evanston's a nice town to be situated in. It's not always the most price-friendly as a student, but there are TONS of restaurants and shops. And of course, Chicago is accessible by free shuttle, L train, and Metra train. My only complaints are that some local residents are less than friendly to students, and I wish more restaurants were open late.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-11T06:29:33Z
Friday nights aren't that great, but Saturdays are usually a lot of fun. Students often say an NU Saturday is like a state school Thursday, but hey, it works for our lifestyle. Frat parties (both on and off campus) are popular for freshmen and sophomores, and upperclassmen usually frequent local and Chicago bars and house parties.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-11T06:22:28Z
Residential Colleges – Although some people may choose to live in a typical residence hall, the residential college system at Northwestern is really a gem. Many are themed (communication, theater, international studies, public affairs, etc.) and offers a unique living situation with students who share the same interests. Res colleges foster much more of a sense of community with firesides, munchies, and special activities from formals in the city to cross-dorm Olympics. Downfall: If res colleges have extra rooms that are not filled by students who select the dorm, others may get randomly placed there and not necessarily enjoy the experience.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-11T04:16:19Z
Very Good Overall – I'm been very happy here. I have a great group of friends who I've had many great memories with. That being said, many people here look the same (white, upper-class), so I feel like college hasn't completely opened my horizons to all the amazing things life has to offer. Still, I've had some fantastic/crazy experiences and the amount of options (but still maximum safety) afforded to NU students with our proximity to Evanston is great. Just be careful if you're not into the whole Greek life thing-basically January is ruled by Greek life and can get a little ugly.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-11T04:13:15Z
Strict but Not Harsh – NU is strict when it comes to drinking, but not unreasonable. I know many students who have gotten written up (some because they were ridiculously stupid), but their punishments, especially for first-time offenses, didn't seem too harsh.
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