College Sophomore 2013-03-26T01:02:10Z
NU has fantastic academics. The workload is substantial, but I've learned more in two quarters here than I did in 4 years in high school. The professors expect a lot; however, they all have office hours and are extremely helpful if you talk to them one on one.
College Junior 2013-03-24T22:40:36Z
I'm in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. I can't give you a comprehensive overview of what the curriculum, facilities, and workload are like because it's so varied. The pre-med kids in Weinberg have a huge workload due to taking orgo and other science classes, but the workload of literature or history majors can be huge too depending on how much reading/writing they have to do in their classes. Also, all of the language classes at NU seem to take a lot of work; even when I was on the pre-med track, I felt that I had more work in my Spanish classes than I did in my math or science classes. Overall, the workload for any student at NU is pretty hefty. Facilities and curriculum vary across departments. I'm in the psych department and I absolutely love the professors; they're friendly and helpful and cool on a personal level.
College Junior 2013-03-24T22:33:39Z
Campus housing is a bit overpriced. The dorm I lived in as a freshman was Elder, the all-freshmen dorm and that was awesome because of the close-knit all-freshmen community and the dining hall attached to the building. I'd say that each dorm has either a great community, great amenities or a great social atmosphere and very few have all three. For example, Slivka, the engineering dorm, is known for its great community and rumored great amenities; Allison is like a hotel with a good community, Willard has a great community, Bobb is known for its very social atmosphere, although its amenities are lacking etc.
College Junior 2013-03-24T22:27:31Z
Sports aren't a big part of Northwestern life. We're a part of the Big 10 so we've got pretty good sports teams and I hear the athletes get awesome perks, but on the whole, there's very low fan support/school spirit which is a shame because some of our sports teams are pretty good.
College Junior 2013-03-24T22:25:36Z
Generally, computer labs and printing are easy to use and accessible. The labs aren't that crowded during midterms and finals week because mostly everyone uses their own person computer. However, network reliability and speed have been spotty lately in dorms. A personal computer is necessary, but a personal printer isn't although it'd be more convenient.
College Sophomore 2013-03-14T17:45:46Z
Downtown Evanston has a lot of really great options for eating off-campus. There's a wide variety of great restaurants, but it can be pretty expensive.
College Sophomore 2013-03-14T17:42:04Z
The dorms at Northwestern are alright. Some of the buildings, like Elder, have pretty small rooms. The housing process isn't the best, and roommate selection is totally random. The dorms may not be exceptionally good, but they aren't bad either
College Sophomore 2013-03-10T20:29:47Z
The campus housing is okay....There are a few awesome dorms and a lot of crappy ones. Make sure you do your research and try to apply to nice ones before realizing it is too late and get stuck in a crappy dorm.
College Sophomore 2013-03-10T20:24:57Z
I am very happy with the engineering program because they literally have everything set for you from the moment you walk in the door. They have a schedule already made on what you should take, but you can swap a few here and there. Remember though that you have to apply to internships and other programs to get use to what you might have to do later in the future.
College Sophomore 2013-03-10T20:22:19Z
So far being a Computer Engineering Major is great because there are so many programs and internships you can apply to to start getting to know people on the outside so that when you graduate it is easy to snatch a job.
College Sophomore 2013-03-10T20:17:19Z
The process of getting into my Computer Engineering Major was relatively easy. Since it would be an engineering school I would have to apply to both Northwestern University as well as write a paper about why I want to get into the McCormick Engineering School at Northwestern University. It was a simple paper with a 500 word limit. In my application I specifically said what I wanted to major in.
College Sophomore 2013-03-06T04:57:06Z
The quality of housing really depends on what dorm you live in, but the dorms are generally pretty nice.
College Sophomore 2013-03-06T04:52:05Z
The sports teams do not generally perform well, but people seem to really enjoy attending sporting events despite the lackluster ability of our student atheletes.
College Sophomore 2013-03-02T02:29:15Z
Some buildings are decent while others are very new and nice.
College Sophomore 2013-03-02T02:26:23Z
While there is a good amount of diversity in terms of race and background, most of the students are pretty much all the same: come from middle- to high-class families from prep schools.
College Sophomore 2013-03-02T02:25:32Z
Health & Safety:
Campus crime seems to be at a minimum and I have never really felt unsafe at Northwestern, even though I have heard stories of dangerous situations.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-01T20:13:38Z
I think Northwestern is like any other private university. There are drugs and alcohol on campus and if you want to get them you can, but there isn't a serious drug or alcohol problem. No one tries to force you to do it and it just depends on who you hang out with
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-01T20:05:49Z
You definitely want a personal computer on campus and I found it much easier to have a personal printer. There are some computer labs on campus, mostly in Tech and the main library. These have printers and you can pay for it with money on your school ID. The WiFi is great, you can connect anywhere on campus really; it's always fast and reliable.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-01T19:52:41Z
As a science major, I participated in undergraduate research at northwestern. It is fairly easy to find a lab to work in since there are many research groups on campus, doing a wide variety of research, so it is also pretty easy to match up with your own research interests as well. This is not a paid position, but you learn a lot of practical lab skills that you can apply to school as well as future work. Generally, labs expect you to come in and work 12-15 hours per week, though some expect more time.
College Sophomore 2013-02-18T03:09:43Z
Greek life at NU is a lot of fun. There's no hazing and I have yet to meet someone who was dissatisfied with their fraternity/sorority. While there are lots of people who are greek, there are also plenty who are not so there's no pressure to join.
College Sophomore 2013-02-18T03:02:11Z
Getting from North to South campus can be a pain, but the University has a shuttle service that runs more frequently on cold days. Also, for getting into Chicago, there are plenty of options including the intercampus shuttle, the El, and the Metro. The system's not perfect, but getting around NU isn't hard
College Sophomore 2013-02-13T08:52:06Z
It's ok for the 21/fake ID crews, but you can only go to the Keg and the Deuce so many times.
College Student 2013-02-10T20:27:46Z
Shuttles during winter times are constantly late and not trustworthy. However, the el is within walking distance and is easily accessible to go to Chicago or anywhere downtown. Only downside is the speed of the el is relatively slow and can take up to an hour+ to go downtown Chicago. It's only 2.25 per ride though. Taxis are just a phone call away for the most part. During busy times where kids are going back home or to the airport, it might be difficult so you should call or reserve well in advance.
College Student 2013-02-10T20:24:34Z
The libraries and gyms are very modern and spacious and aesthetically pleasing.
College Student 2013-02-10T20:23:12Z
Dorms are generally good, but I can only speak for my dorm. The facilities are average but it's excellent for socializing. The rooms are average size, a double is 12x15 or something similar.
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