Northwestern University Reviews
They have set up a pretty good system for online learning that has really helped during COVID. All of the material has been efficiently broadcast to the students via online learning.
Northwestern is a vibrant academic community that has the feeling of a small school-- with a tight-knit, supportive community and small campus, but with all the opportunities of a major research institution.
I only took online classes in terms of covid, so I'm not sure how relevant my experience is. With the transition this spring, most all my professors were good about supporting their students and being flexible.
The academics at NU are unparalleled. I am always fascinated by my classes, and the professors care so much about their students (especially in Medill!). However, as a freshman I had a hard time making friends, even though I joined many different clubs, a sports team, and a sorority. This was obviously affected by COVID-19, but I feel like the social scene at NU can sometimes be dominated by party culture.
I think my school tried their best. Obviously, this isn’t what we all wanted, but NU has made a serious effort to adapt, and it’s been impressive. We operate almost completely on Zoom. They also gave us a refund for housing and food costs, which was really great.
Northwestern is an amazing school, located in Evanston, right outside of Chicago. The rigor and academic aspects of the school are what make it top-notch. The social scene is what can improve there, but people who commit to Northwestern know what they are getting themselves into.
There is definitely a culture shock the moment that you step on campus (coming from an African-American male born and raised in Los Angeles, CA). Some of my peers have had social issues in terms of ignorance amongst students and staff, but we expect that to be true of the world. Everyone is definitely working hard, maybe too hard, to succeed in their field of study and their classes. There is a definite high-intensity aspect of NU, but if you're up for the challenge, the reaped rewards will be unmatched.
While Northwestern may be ranked as one of the top schools in the nation, these high reviews may be slightly deceiving. Undergraduate education here is honestly what you might see at other universities and colleges--something that I didn't expect until I came here. As a McCormick Engineering major at least, you'll have your share of good and bad professors and experience even some classes that are impossible to do well in. While Northwestern has some very nice, new dorms, you might be located to one of the older ones. The food is not very good. The weather during late fall, early spring, and the entirety of winter quarter is brutally cold. That said, one of the best things about Northwestern, is the campus life and the people. I've made some of my closest friends here and the campus is beautiful with good weather. Graduating from this school will look great to any employer and there are a lot of resources for you to succeed here; just don't think it will be easy.
Love the research opportunities and the professors here. The bonding culture is real and I love that too. One thing that a lot of students struggle with is the quarter system, but even that, you get used to. Amazing, underrated university.
The school is super expensive but provides great opportunities for students and individualized plans to succeed.
The city of Evanston is amazing. It is close to Chicago so you can get there in 15 minutes (in good traffic) but still has a nice local feel.
The campus is beautiful, especially in the fall, but it gets very cold. The athletic teams are pretty average, but it's part of the big 10 conference so the competition is good; the games are really fun to go to and watch. Professors almost always care a lot about their students and do their best to be engaging, most of the class sizes are really small so it's easy to get to know the professors and teaching assistants.
I loved NU, it was a place full of great, passionate professors and provided many opportunities to explore new interests. The people were really nice and great overall. They need to work on their mental health services on campus though.
Northwestern was my top choice! Getting accepted ED was outstanding. I do not regret coming here, Evanston is such a quaint little town, but I had a perfect adjustment.
I feel that overall it is great, but the location does create some problems for people that are not used to the cold. I also feel they should give more benefits for the cost.
I absolutely love the campus and it's only a short walk to downtown Evanston. The students are very friendly and welcome anyone with opening arms.
They offer tons of opportunities and you always find your place. The one thing I would like to change about Northwestern is its competitive environment in every field.
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