So I'm a Penn State student who is looking to transfer schools. I've been admitted to Northwestern University, but I worry that the predominant social scene at Northwestern won't be so different from that at Penn State.
One of the main reasons I am transferring from Penn State is because a large portion of the student body parties really hard really often, not caring as much about intellectual conversation or making a positive contribution to society, and I think this is perpetuated by greek life culture there. Northwestern seems like the private school most like a public school, and apparently about 40% of students participate in greek life. Do many students party hard multiple times a week at all schools, or is that mostly a Penn State/large state school thing? And is extreme partying caused by greek life? Can I expect a different social scene at Northwestern because it is a more selective private school, or does the prevalence of greek life there result in a similar atmosphere?