Lived in Evanston for a few years and found the hot and humid summers a lot harder to deal with than the winters. Fall was my favorite season in Evanston! Magical!
This was a while ago but I found the engineering labs a little run down. Had a great few years at Northwestern. Would recommend it to anyone that can afford it. I think the price tag is too high for undergrad. I don’t have any insight into Vanderbilt.