We bitch, we moan, but there's a reason Northwestern is heralded as one of the best overall undergraduate experiences in America. Academics are stellar, but at the same time, students allow themselves to be students-once that 12-page paper is done, of course. At NU, you will be surprised at how much you learn-and how much of that learning is done outside of the classroom.
Northwestern students don't labor under any illusions that the school is perfect, but despite its shortcomings, most students admit that they wouldn't have had it any other way. Be prepared to be challenged by professors, peers, and your parents when you overcharge their credit cards. But, if you've made the grade, you're obviously able to put forth the extra effort that makes time at NU so worthwhile.