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I attended Northwestern about 8 years ago forQuite BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
I attended Northwestern about 8 years ago for 1.5 years. I had a lot of good experiences, but it became apparent that I was in the wrong place for me. I left feeling sad about the friends and professors that I was leaving behind, but at the same time relieved because I lived in constant tension. The course work was very challenging-often in a good way, but I often had a lot more reading than was really possible even with a light course load.

A major problem was that Freshmen (and to some extent Sophmores) are unable to get into basic courses and must start in on difficult courses from our majors. The reason this happens is that there are not enough sections of basic courses offered and Juniors and Seniors are taking those courses (because THEY were unable to take those classes as Freshmen and Sophomores). This makes for a hard time of transition.Orange City is fairly sleepy (and boring), but it is beautifully neat and clean, and I always felt safe.

1st Year Female -- Class 2009
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, University Resource Use/ spending: D
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I completed 1.5 years at Northwestern. A big part of way I transferred is that the school misrepresents themselves. What I encountered there would have been a different matter if that is what I had been expecting, but what was said and done during visits was very different from the reality of being there. I went there with the idea that the school was a semi-conservative Christian school, where there were no restrictive rules. What I got was a school where the conservative kids were blinded to the real world and only seeking future mates. The liberal kids were the ones actually runnings and they had a great deal of resentment towards the conservative kids. Chapels were generally dry and dull and when they weren't it was because they were very controversial. A student got up and gave a chapel message where he said that he didn't believe that Jesus was the only way to Heaven. Standing up and speaking to us in chapel (a forum for people to basically tell us generally accepted theological truths) was not appropriate, but instead of getting repremanded by the college authorities he was praised. If it had a been a different forum or if the school represented itself otherwise I would have been fine with him saying that. Also, the kids are by and large very snobby and you will be ignored if you don't come from the right town or aren't Dutch.
1st Year Female -- Class 2009
Faculty Accessibility: A, Scholastic Success: C-
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Northwestern is a good liberal arts college -Quite BrightOther
Northwestern is a good liberal arts college - the professors are incredibly nice and the people are all incredibly nice too. If you are from a small-town Christian family this is the place for you. It seems like a very open environment for Christians, however people can sometimes be pretty closeminded and there is sometimes an "expected answer".
2nd Year Female -- Class 2013
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: D-
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