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4 out of 5
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

I loved my time at Northwestern - classes are smaller and challenging, professors are engaging, the quarter system is fast-paced. If you thrive in an atmosphere like that, then you would fit it wonderfully. An added perk is that both the Evanston and Chicago campuses are aesthetically beautiful. 

5 out of 5
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Degree: Immunology
Graduation Year: 2016

Being an international student, Northwestern University was a very easy place to acclimatise to. The faculty and students are friendly, the city is welcoming and always has something going on and the inclusive nature of the university makes the campus diverse and full of culture.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Graduation Year: 2009

I loved Northwestern. It's not for everyone, but it was a great fit for me. In hindsight, I may have chosen somewhere more affordable, but I don't regret the decision I made.

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4 out of 5
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Degree: Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Graduation Year: 2014

I really enjoyed NU. It gave me a great education while also providing a great balance of work and fun, with the Big 10 sports, endless student groups, and all around great people. Although it has had its share of issues (Poor, delayed responses to sexual assault from faculty; underfunding and understaffing its mental health clinic; etc.), I would definitely choose NU again given the chance.

4 out of 5
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014

Northwestern is a wonderful school, but it is far too intense. The people are wonderful, but everyone is burdened by the stresses of the quarter system. There is simply too much material covered in a short amount of time.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2002

It's a great college for the science. Tuition is reasonable. More of the companies out there want college grads. College education will open more doors.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2006

Great opportunity to find your passions, step outside of comfort zone, make new friends, learn and try new things

4 out of 5
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2007

Northwestern was a great place to explore many different subject areas. I started off in science before shifting to the humanities and there were excellent instructors in all of my different subjects. Academically, it was great and I still wish I could have taken more classes even though I often overloaded my schedule. There are so many great student clubs, you can get involved in pretty much anything regardless of your major. (I joined the Shakespeare theater group as a science major!) Socially, Northwestern is a little strange. It is extremely competitive. I felt that a lot of students had a chip on their shoulder--like Northwestern was their second choice and they regretted not going to an Ivy League school. They'd go around saying things like, "Northwestern is the Ivy League of the Big Ten." It worked for me, I found my "people" and we had fun times playing mafia and clearing out our apartment living room to have swing dancing lessons from a friend, but Animal House it was not. A lot of classes grade on a curve and I remember one time after I missed a class, no one in the class would tell me if there were any new assignments. I think it can be a great place if you take advantage of all the benefits and find the right people, but if you're looking for the "typical" college experience, it probably isn't the place for you.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Biological and Physical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

One thing I really liked at Northwestern was the community. The students and faculty there were all incredibly intelligent, but very diverse with their backgrounds, beliefs, perspectives on life, etc. Because of this, I got to have a lot of very great conversations with other driven students and faculty who were both just fun to talk to but also forced me to think differently about the world and how I fit in it. Also, although NU is not perfect in the way they deal with some serious issues, the community of students is strong and tight-knit, which allows them to rally around each other and protect the interests of everyone. So for me, I think my favorite thing about NU was the community of students there, for all these reasons and more. I felt much more at home at NU than I ever did with classmates in high school, and I made a number of lasting friendships. Additionally, NU has a group for everything, which means you can find a group for essentially any interest you have. For me, I was into athletics, so I joined the Ski and Snowboard Racing Team, I played a ton of intramural sports, and I played pick-up basketball and soccer games frequently, which I had a great time doing. I also was into research, and I had a large pool of faculty available to me as well as a strong support structure from the biology department to support my efforts in joining a lab and writing an honor's thesis. So in short, it doesn't matter what you're into, because whatever it is there will be people at NU who have similar interests and there will be support for your passions and interests. Last, I think NU does a great job of providing challenging academics while allowing time for and encouraging students to have fun. Taking time to experience the fun of college is very important to avoid burning out with all the work, and NU allows students to do that. For example, at the end of every school year a week or so before exams, NU puts on a huge music festival called Dillo Day, which is free for students and an incredibly fun time. Also, student admission is free to all sporting events, which encourages students to get away from the books and support our teams. Further, NU has a beach on Lake Michigan students can go to for free, provides ample funding to student groups so that they can pursue their interests, and organizes other campus-wide events for students. So in sum, I think NU does a great job of stressing both academics and fun, and I believe both are critical to maintaining mental and emotional health during what can be a very stressful four years. One thing I really liked at Northwestern was the community. The students and faculty there were all incredibly intelligent, but very diverse with their backgrounds, beliefs, perspectives on life, etc. Because of this, I got to have a lot of very great conversations with other driven students and faculty who were both just fun to talk to but also forced me to think differently about the world and how I fit in it. Also, although NU is not perfect in the way they deal with some serious issues, the community of students is strong and tight-knit, which allows them to rally around each other and protect the interests of everyone. So for me, I think my favorite thing about NU was the community of students there, for all these reasons and more. I felt much more at home at NU than I ever did with classmates in high school, and I made a number of lasting friendships. Additionally, NU has a group for everything, which means you can find a group for essentially any interest you have. For me, I was into athletics, so I joined the Ski and Snowboard Racing Team, I played a ton of intramural sports, and I played pick-up basketball and soccer games frequently, which I had a great time doing. I also was into research, and I had a large pool of faculty available to me as well as a strong support structure from the biology department to support my efforts in joining a lab and writing an honor's thesis. So in short, it doesn't matter what you're into, because whatever it is there will be people at NU who have similar interests and there will be support for your passions and interests. Last, I think NU does a great job of providing challenging academics while allowing time for and encouraging students to have fun. Taking time to experience the fun of college is very important to avoid burning out with all the work, and NU allows students to do that. For example, at the end of every school year a week or so before exams, NU puts on a huge music festival called Dillo Day, which is free for students and an incredibly fun time. Also, student admission is free to all sporting events, which encourages students to get away from the books and support our teams. Further, NU has a beach on Lake Michigan students can go to for free, provides ample funding to student groups so that they can pursue their interests, and organizes other campus-wide events for students. So in sum, I think NU does a great job of stressing both academics and fun, and I believe both are critical to maintaining mental and emotional health during what can be a very stressful four years.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2007

It is a very strong school academically though their community orientation and customer service was not as strong as the university I attended for my undergraduate degree. The professors were highly knowledgeable about their content area and generally available to students with questions and concerns.

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