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Be prepared to work very hard.Quite BrightMechanical Engineering
Be prepared to work very hard. The engineering faculty and grad students are always available and my department fostered collaboration, not competition. Still, only exceptional work will get you exceptional grades. The facilities were excellent, there was never a piece of equipment we couldn't get and budgets were generous. I liked that the school encouraged us to do pure research while encouraging us to think of practical, commercial applications for it.

The university library, online speeds and buildings are all great quality. Northwestern has a beautiful old campus right next to the 1970's landfill campus that stretches along Lake Michigan. It's just beautiful.Campus social life is very busy, largely because Evanston, while a nice suburb, it is hostile to students' partying, and Evanston residents resent that the University occupies many acres of lakefront property, but pays no property taxes (even though the university was here before Evanston existed). For the most fun, we'd go into Chicago, which is just a 45 minute ride on the el.

4th Year Male -- Class 2018
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Individual Value: B+
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I transferred to Northwestern's engineering program for aBrightEngineering Department
I transferred to Northwestern's engineering program for a year on my parents' insistence that I not drop out of college, there were definitely worse things I could have done with my time. The faculty at this school is very decent and the student body is more friendly and social than UChicago's.

Something that's worth noting about selective universities is that they are very competitive, and you are being pitted against other students of similar ability. Freshman courses are curved at a B or B- in order to weed out those who can't "cut it", which is bizarre considering how competitive it is to get in in the first place. From what I saw this seemed to select for students who hailed from quality post-secondary institutions, there's no way you can digest all that material in the time allotted, unless you plan to never sleep. I think this is organized on the basis of some bizarre neoliberal principle that competition always produces better results; as in the financial economy, it seemed to have skewed outcomes & unintended results.

As other posters have mentioned you're most likely better off attending a cheaper state school as the educations are comparable, your GPA will thank you too.

Much to my parents' chagrin I had to drop out anyway; I think something about the experience either at NU or UChicago traumatized me because I've had this irrational phobia of academia ever since. I'm in building trades now, I like it, although, amusingly, the guys I work under seem convinced that I should really be an engineer.Generic and possibly obvious education advice, but community college is a much better place to figure out what you really want to do, don't go to one of these top-ranked universities unless you have at least a ballpark idea (or you have pushy parents who won't pay your tuition otherwise).

1st Year Female -- Class 2011
Education Quality: B, Education Quality: B
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Just graduated as an undergrad, and I'm writingQuite BrightPsychology
Just graduated as an undergrad, and I'm writing a review because I know I read these before deciding on Northwestern. While I met some great people and learned a lot about myself at NU, this school has a lot of problems. I have never met anyone that has said genuinely that they love Northwestern. Most people either express lukewarm approval or dislikes the school. If you want to come here, count your reasons for coming here besides the school's ranking.
4th Year Male -- Class 2016
Scholastic Success: A, Individual Value: C
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