Northwestern University Reviews
I'm a current student in an NU SPS Master's program. For the most part the experience has been disappointing considering the amount of money I've spent. It is accurate that many of these classes are 'self taught' which is a shame considering the caliber and experience of the instructors as well as the complexity of the subject (data science). The BEST instructors have weekly online sessions, so **ASK** before enrolling in a course because there are those that will simply regurgitate what others have done, if you're lucky, and provide little to no guidance on the coursework and still give you an A (about 3/4 of the classes). This really is the BIGGEST issue. It's like NU is resting on it's laurels and cashing in on their name. For the price of these classes I'd have expected actual instruction to take place and better professional development. Because of this, I feel like if you do the minimum you can still graduate with honors. I had a better experience at community college!! To top it all off, I've had classes where the instructor doesn't even know the language being used for assignments (i.e. Python, R, etc.). Their advice on completing the assignments? Use Google or get the code from other students... What??? I am happy with what I've learned, but I can't credit NU for the majority of it because of the complete lack of instructor participation. My biggest piece of advice is to go to another institution. By going to NU you are basically paying to have their name on your resume. If I wasn't so deep into the program, I'd cut my losses. Such a shame.
Northwestern University provided me an invaluable college education. It was a busy and challenging time, but the community was vibrant and welcoming. A confluence of interests and passions defined Northwestern. People from all majors and backgrounds befriended one another and took class together. No matter your focus, Northwestern ensured you received a quality liberal arts education. The campus is gorgeous, and the surrounding town is lovely and enjoyable. Chicago is just a stone's throw away as well, which was a big selling point for me. Northwestern is a great place to go if you want to feel like you are going to school in a small college town but would still like access to a major metropolis. The professors push you very hard, but you ultimately leave the school with a strong sense of your capabilities and the way in which you learn best.
Horrible school. No one lets you know how much you know until they kick you out of school and then continue to charge you for classes. No one could tell me an honest answer of how much I owed them and when I could continue attending classes again. This school should be investigated and uncredited. I will never recommend this school to anyone.
Northwestern University is a school that prepared me greatly for life post-college. The academic rigor that I experienced was not only catered to my interests in the social sciences, but also set me apart from my peers who attended the other universities. My degree program at Northwestern was holistic and provided me with many opportunities to explore what routes I wanted to take after graduating.
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.