Northwestern University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (12)
Northeastern University is an incredible establishment that prepares students to enter the workforce and make an immediate difference after they graduate. I believe they are better at this than any other school thanks to the co-op program and fantastic career advisory. The student body is diverse, interesting, and very active. The architecture program is extremely rigorous, but it gives students tools, knowledge, and connections necessary to succeed after graduation.
Northwestern University did not disappoint in terms of academic rigor and the quality of education as one would expect from a top tier college. As for student diversity, of course, there was plenty of diversity in terms of the students pursuing various career goals, as well as plenty of diversity in ethnicity, gender, and other forms of identity. That being said however, I felt as though during my time at Northwestern University, I was too caught up in academic rigor that in the long run, I did not have as many chances to truly mix with such diversity in the long run. This in part, I feel, is due to the fact that the schools within Northwestern (Engineering, music, etc.) are mostly separated from each other, with little chance to interact amongst each other outside of class. It would have been far more fortunate if the school encouraged a lot more openly some opportunities for students of all of Northwestern's schools to intermingle with each other.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great opportunity to find your passions, step outside of comfort zone, make new friends, learn and try new things
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.