Recent Alumnus 2009-12-14T17:25:45Z
Amazing with plenty to offer – Evanston is adorable and has plenty to offer. It's kind of pricey, but you deal with it. Plus, it's gorgeous (even though it's usually raining). Chicago is so close, but you actually don't get there very often, just because it's hard to find time.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-14T17:23:03Z
Teachers Great, Everything Else Varies – Professors tend to be great, though classes run the gamut. Workload is doable, as long as you get started early (and even if you don't), though some professors seem oblivious to the fact that you have other homework. Grading scales can be REALLY arbitrary though-know the grading scale BEFORE you pick a class.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-14T17:16:25Z
Health & Safety:
Caught Me Off-Guard – I was surprised at how much crime there was. I thought Evanston was pretty sleepy, but I know several people who have had bikes stolen, and there have been a small handful (like four) of assaults or altercations reported. Still, they were all pretty minor-I still go running at night or walk home alone.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-14T17:13:07Z
Get a Bike – The whole campus, for all practical purposes, is about a mile, so walking isn't a big deal. However, having a bike is definitely nice, and takes a 10-minute commute down to 3. There are buses, if you can get good enough at the schedule, and they're free. There's SafeRide, which is basically a free campus taxi at night, but you have to call like 30 minutes early.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-14T17:07:58Z
Guys & Girls:
Quit Complaining – The girls are definitely cuter than the guys, but I would definitely say there are a fair share of cute guys here (personality helps). For some reason, the more attractive guys seem to live mostly on north campus. "Hot" isn't really common but it's okay.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-14T17:03:36Z
It's Really Luck of the Draw – If you want parties, live on North campus; if you want Evanston, live on South campus. Either way, the walk is only a mile at most, so you have the best of both worlds no matter what. The part that matters is the people, and that's just luck, so don't stress about it. Oh, and if you to wake up to find someone you've never met has thrown up on your floor and is now spooning you, live in Bobb.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-05T03:07:35Z
It's okay and very convenient.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-04T01:22:22Z
Drinking and Pot but Not Much Access to Hard Drugs. A sizable majority of students drink pretty heavily. There are a lot of smokers, especially concentrated in a couple of frats. Prescription drugs are abused sometimes, but there usually aren't too many people doing hard drugs.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-04T01:18:23Z
Facilities at Northwestern are pretty nice. Most of the classrooms are in gorgeous old buildings, although the campus also has some less-than-appealing architecture from the middle of the last century. SPAC is a really nice gym, but the one on the other side of campus is not as well-equipped. The student union is out of the way but sufficient.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-04T01:15:28Z
Evanston Is Okay. Evanston is not very racially or economically integrated, but it is a cute place. It isn't the ideal college town because almost everything closes before midnight, forcing everyone to drunkenly eat Burger King. There are a lot of local coffee shops and good shopping, with a fair amount of chain restaurants. It's a pretty expensive place to live, and the nearby North Shore area is really ritzy. It's overall a safe place although town-gown relations could be better.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T16:47:54Z
Come Ready to PARTY. Frat parties are aplenty, and they are not that hard to get into. If you don't know someone somewhere, there are always other places to go. There are always upperclassmen house parties.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T01:23:17Z
Great People – Everyone I have met here has been really talented and driven. The social life is better than at most top universities, and if you want to go out, you definitely can. Academic work is pretty challenging but that is to be expected.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-03T01:21:20Z
Winter is cold, snowy, and long – I grew up close to Northwestern, so I am used to the cold, but it gets really cold really fast. There will be snow most of the winter, and it won't warm up until you are about ready to go home for summer break.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-02T23:51:22Z
You Will Freeze. Walking through campus during winter quarter, you will question why you chose Northwestern.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-02T23:49:20Z
Wireless Could Improve – The wireless Internet is everywhere, but I think it could be made faster.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-02T20:25:06Z
Favorite Place EVER! Northwestern is by no means an easy school in academics or extracurricular activities, but the people here are amazing, the teachers are passionate, and there are opportunities for anyone and everyone to do anything they are interested in on campus. I love this place!
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-02T18:41:00Z
I received a lot more than I was expecting, which was nice. However, some of my outside scholarships required certain conditions to be met before they were dispersed, which confused the financial aid office. The quarter system doesn't help much either-splitting up my scholarships into three parts is pretty confusing, especially for the ones that are given on a semester schedule.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-02T18:35:58Z
Residential Colleges and Volunteer Work – There are many different opportunities to volunteer at Northwestern. Not only is it a gratifying experience, charity work is an excellent way to set your resume apart from the others. Living in a residential college helps with this a lot. Since the community is smaller, many more activities are organized for the residents to participate in. There is usually at least one opportunity a month to get involved with some sort of organization.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-02T18:34:37Z
For Good Dining, Live on South Campus – The south end of campus is located right on the edge of downtown Evanston, which is really convenient if you want to grab some non-dining hall food. There's plenty of variety from Burger King to Giordano's.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-02T18:27:03Z
I was able to receive the aid I needed. However, a few few quirks in the system made it a bit more tedious than it needed to be.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-02T18:24:33Z
Health & Safety:
Very safe – I feel very safe on campus. At no time, do I feel like I am threatened or in danger.
Recent Alumnus 2009-06-04T14:01:12Z
I'm writing this on June 4th, and it was 42 degrees last night. 'Nuff said.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-14T02:03:08Z
Ever since I came here, I've been waiting for the social life to improve beyond local bars and immature frats. I've joined a reputable sorority, but many people can be pretentious and become easily threatened. Aesthetically, the campus is the epitome of a college campus, but the students can take away from the pleasantry associated with a fun and stimulating college experience.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-08T08:44:33Z
General rule of thumb: Don't be an idiot. Use your brain, and you'll be fine.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-08T08:40:43Z
If you look hard enough, you can find some great parties at NU. You just have to wade through all the "Saturday Night is for Studying" people.
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