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.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-11T04:08:06Z
Surprisingly Good – I came to campus thinking that sports were 1) not important at NU and 2) not very good. Both assumptions were proved incorrect. NU's football team was actually decent this year, and the student section was fairly active at most games. albeit, I only stay for a quarter or two of each game.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-11T01:49:10Z
Northwestern: a Melting Pot of Culture? Northwestern is extremely diverse in nearly every area; however, NU has an EXTREME dearth of African-American students. Coming from a Memphis high school that was about half African-American, it was rather shocking to me that a first-rate institution like Northwestern had so few black students. Otherwise, it seems that Northwestern has a very diverse student body. In terms of political beliefs, I would say that Northwestern is definitely liberal-leaning. Most people here are well-informed about politics and current events, and they are usually liberal.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T22:20:20Z
Lots of Options, but Pricewise...Not So Much – Evanston's a pretty rich town so you tend to pay higher prices when you go off campus. That being said, you get pretty good quality and variety of dining options-it's nice to not having to go to downtown Chicago to get a good, non-dorm meal.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T22:06:49Z
They Exist but Aren't That Useful – It rarely takes more than 10 minutes to walk from one side of campus to the other, so waiting for a bus is not usually worth it. But they do go up and down Sheridan Avenue fairly regularly if you need them.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T22:01:47Z
Guys & Girls:
Very Good – The students here were all top of their class at their respective high schools, so everybody here is a good student. As far as physical appearances, the standards are lower here because of the type of person it takes to get here in the first place, but that is not to say that there are no attractive people because there certainly are.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T21:55:36Z
For the most part, Northwestern has very good facilities. Most buildings (academic and dorms) are on the older side, but they are all kept clean and functioning well. Tech, the engineering building is old, but there are some beautiful new extensions to it although the majority of the new wings are used for research.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T21:47:36Z
Meal Plans – They screw you over in the dining halls-walking in off the street is literally always cheaper! But they make you get a plan if you live on campus, so most people just suck it up and eat their $7 bowls of cereal.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T21:45:17Z
Downtown Evanston – People are snooty and full of themselves everywhere-why should shopping, dining, and relaxing in Evanston be any different?
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T21:26:00Z
Medill Is Amazing – I love Northwestern because it offers the best of every world. There is a pretty good social scene, but also good academics. Chicago is in our backyard, with public transportation easily accessible. The Medill School of Journalism offers a world of possibilities. The only downfall is the cold, but you get that everywhere.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T21:24:33Z
Dance Marathon – Northwestern has a huge Dance Marathon every year in which more than 1,000 people participate. It is a big deal for many student groups and just about all undergraduates. It's a lot of fun!
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T21:22:22Z
Large Percentage, but Not Necessary – Forty percent of undergrads are in the Greek system, but I don't feel like I'm missing much not being in the system. There are some parties in the houses, although not that many.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T21:20:35Z
Most professors are amazing here! Almost every prof I've had here has cared so much for the students, for their future success, and for their work in the class. They don't care so much about their paycheck, it's about the student.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T21:20:34Z
I Don't Have a Car, but It Seems Rather Restrictive – Permits, permits, permits, and nowhere to park before 5 if you're a student. They love to give out tickets.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T21:19:57Z
There Are Lots of Off-Campus Options – While there are apartments galore off campus, many of them are too far away to walk through all the snow and other weather elements.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T21:19:47Z
Apparently Pretty Good? I Don't Know. I'm not an avid drug user, but those who want to smoke do so with regularity and ease. No complaints from any of them.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-10T21:19:39Z
Health & Safety:
Northwestern - Very Safe – I have never felt unsafe on or around campus. There are plenty of blue lights and it is a safe neighborhood.
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