Northwestern University Visit Report by skiskidder94
Visit to Northwestern University in April 2008 by skiskidder94(Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since July 19 2008 with 6 posts)
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Admissions Interview: Yes - Took one in my hometown (Philadelphia)... very nice and helpful guy
Information Session: Yes - Typical
Campus Tour: Yes - HUUUUGE campus... so much so that the guide didn't have time to show us all of it... if you like convenience, not the best place
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Campus Visit Notes for Northwestern University
If you can get past the weather (which I could) and you like suburban living, there probably isn't a better college for you.
If you're expecting the excitement of downtown-Chicago, however, you've got another thing coming. I thought that a town this close to Chicago would be full of energy, but i was wrong. Students seem largely disinterested with downtown-Chicago, and most go in about once a week, like a "trip into town".
The academics at Northwestern seemed top-notch, as you can study in any field and get some of the best training in the world. People are extremely friendly and laid-back, but if you enjoy the boisterous feel of a northeastern city, or even of Chicago, the town of Evanston and Northwestern's campus will not oblige.
Another unexpected facet of Northwestern life was the Greek scene. It is HUGE there, and it seems like if you want to do anything but study and work, the only thing anyone does is participate in Greek life.
I visited once during the summer with no one on campus, then came back after being accepted, expecting to love the school. I ended up more confused than ever, as the campus just had a dull and dreary feel to it, far from what I would have expected from a place with such kind, funny people so close to an exciting metropolis.
By the way, after visiting Northwestern and having these initial feelings about the school, I called a friend of mine who was about to graduate and really liked Northwestern. He told me my impression was scarily accurate.
Just in case you weren't sure about the validity of my review.