Sweet home, Chicago… so the song goes. I (my family and I, that is) made a quick little weekend trip to (finally) see the Windy City. Loved the buildings – architecture, geometry, reflections! – and loved the pizza. The only college that I really visited was Northwestern, the one I’m most seriously considering (out of the others – University of Chicago, Loyola University, DePaul, Roosevelt University, and Elmhurst, all of whom have been sending me stuff). But I’ll hit on those in a separate post for your convenience).
Northwestern University: By far, my favorite of this bunch. Known for its strong journalism and English programs, founded in 1851, a ten-minute drive from Chicago (you can also take the red line train), its beautiful parklike – not even parklike, it is a park that also happens to house college kids – campus right on the lovely Lake Michigan shore. Walking along the shoreside trail, looking out over the brilliant blue (or greyish, depending on weather) waters, seeing the hazy blue Chicago skyline to the south, just peeking out from behind campus buildings and trees…
Can you tell I love it there? And did I mention that they have a gorgeous beach on campus too? And a sailing program? Ahhhhh. LOVE IT. Such a great atmosphere; it’s hard for me even to describe it. Inclusive, secluded, college-y, peaceful, conducive to studying and running and, well, living as best you can in college. Unique. Individual. Not too big, not too small. I should probably also mention Evanston, Northwestern’s “college town” area. Because we visited on a Sunday afternoon in the middle of summer, the town was pretty dead, but I got the feeling that, come September, “this place would be hoppin’!” (To quote my ever so eloquent and smooth father.)
Cost: $48,000 (private)
Rank: Nat. U #12
Selectivity: most selective (25,000 applied, 6,550 accepted)
avg. SAT: 1360 – 1530
avg. ACT: 30 – 33
UG body: 8,200
Because pictures are worth a thousand words, etc., etc.:
Where Ann Arbor/U of M have obese, friendly squirrels, Northwestern seemed to have a healthy population of rabbits. Not as friendly and significantly more skittish, but still cute and comforting.
Yes, you’re still on campus…
Ted on a cool all-stone bench by the lake.
Soccer field. (You can just see the skyline through the fence.)
And that’s my little piece of Northwestern. I’m definitely going to apply there, probably as my “long shot” college. I’d like to think that I’ll get in with no problem, but… *fingers crossed*