Northwestern University Reviews
The average household income of incoming Northwestern students is 200K. 80% come from 'intact' households defined as having two married, biological parents. If you fit this profile you'll be fine. If not, good luck. Seriously. It'll open doors, but its a hell of a personal sacrifice to get there. Prepare to feel marginalized if you are middle class, a non-Asian minority, not Christian, or have any goal in life besides perfecting your 'personal brand'. But the name impresses employers, I guess.
Northwestern did a great job of exposing me to different areas in theatre. The one area that I wish I had learned more about was the business and producing end of theatre and the entertainment field. I was exposed to production life in extracurricular productions on campus with Arts Alliance. As students, we were afforded an opportunity to work together and produce shows, which was very educational.
I attended Northwestern University from 2005-2009 and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies from the School of Communications. I cannot say enough about the quality of the education I received at Northwestern. Everything from the faculty, to the other fellow students, to the advisors were there to constantly challenge you and promote higher level thinking. Once I decided what my career path would be, Northwestern had all of the resources to make sure I was adequately prepared to enter the real world upon graduating. There was plenty of opportunity to meet with advisors and enroll in internships within my field of interest to expose me to the field. I had three internships over the course of three quarters, each in a different realm so that I could make the best decision for myself as a graduate as to which direction I wanted to take my career. I interned in a large marketing firm, at a talent agency, and at a luxury fashion brand, all of which I truly enjoyed. There was also plenty of opportunity to meet students from all over the world. It was a very diverse student body and many clubs to be a part of and get involved. Many of the friends I made during my time at Northwestern are still some of my closest friends today. They have some of the nicest facilities for students to enjoy, great sporting events to give students the college experience without sacrificing higher-level education, and studying abroad opportunities to encourage broader thinking. I would recommend Northwestern in a heartbeat to anyone considering it. Plus, its on a beautiful lakefront campus only a train ride away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago.
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.