These schools are similar to Northwest University in key aspects like size, setting, and academics.
88% of students
It is an amazing and supportive community
The Caf is a little too far from main buildings but its close to dorm buildings
This university allows me to keep practicing my faith as I do schoolwork, and that was very important for me. The teachers have all been excellent and I have learned a great deal in attending this college and I am so thankful that I did. I will continue with this university all the way to a doctorate degree in Psychology and feel that I can accomplish this through the amazing help this school provides overall.
I honestly can't think of anything.
The professors genuinely want to see their students succeed. Some of my professors gave us their e-mails to reach them with any questions we may have had regarding assignments that they assigned. They would respond within the same day or within 24 hours. This is not the case; because the classes are much larger. So if you're an individual that learns better in a smaller class setting, NU may be the school for you. Another aspect I enjoyed about NU is its campus. It is beautiful. Lots of trees & grass. Within walking distance to the waterfront, Starbucks, grocery stores, & restaurants. Whenever the campus got shut down due to snow, my friends & I would walk down to Starbucks & grab a cup of coffee. NU is in a quiet but booming city. Plus, in my experience, when applying for jobs, I was typically hired right away once my potential employer found out I was a student at Northwest University. Potential employers would rant & rave about how some of their favorite former employers were NU students. This was a huge stress relief for me. Also, NU has off-campus jobs posted on their site that only students & former students have access to. So there a many perks that NU offers.
The only thing I didn't like about NU was the ability not to attend school online for the first three years of my college experience. But this was way before technology was as advanced as today. Today Northwest University offers more online options.
Northwest University is a school that is community-driven. In your program, you will most likely get a chance to meet everyone there. Chapel services are great and there is a great Christian atmosphere.
It's hard to fit in as a commuter since the community is so close-knit on campus. There also isn't a very wide selection of classes.
There were very few things I liked about attending Northwest. I am an optimistic person, which is perhaps one reason, among a few, why I stayed for so long, hoping to make it work. There were good friends that I made while at Northwest and a couple of professional relationships with different staff members. However, overall I do not wish to keep many of my contacts from Northwest. Many of the people here are well-intentioned; they are kind, and very friendly, and the professors are usually willing to work with you if you are struggling in a class.
This list is long. I think the most alarming thing about NU is the lack of care when it comes to social issues. The administration does not take students' concerns seriously; they are homophobic and unaccepting of open LGBTQIA+ people, and they are performative in their support of BIPOC students. During the 2020 elections, political discussions were discouraged. The Multi-cultural department is one person, with very little backing or support. There is no effort towards sustainability on campus. When I went and sat with the Provost to discuss how NU could make sustainability more a priority, I was told that wasn't his job and he couldn't point me toward whose responsibility that would be. I heard many students say they are keeping their heads down and waiting to graduate because they were very dissatisfied with NU, but did not want to transfer because many required courses at Northwest will not transfer to another university. The courses were not rigorous enough for a collegiate level. While taking a junior-level course as a Sophomore, I was bored. I found erroneous information in the textbook, which I triple-checked. When I brought this to the professor, they said linguistic history was not important in a communications class and never gave the rest of the students the correct information. Many of the classes would not cover certain topics because they did not align with the school's values. For example, my political theory class spent days on John Stewart Mill and Adam Smith but spent two days on Rousseau and Marx, one day each respectively. Therefore, the education I was receiving was incomplete, biased, and ill-preparing me. With this lack of quality, the high (and rising) tuition rate was not even close to worth it. The food and the options in the cafeteria are atrocious, it is a running joke on campus, and the administration chastises the student body and tells them to be grateful. There is little effort to support and provide options for those with food allergies. The food plans are rigid and expensive. The options are very limited and recycled often. The campus rules are also rigid. Quiet hours start at 10 pm. Mixed genders are not allowed to hang out together in dorms unless it's from 7 pm-10 pm. During those 3 hours, students are not allowed to close the doors, turn off the lights, or lie down on the beds in the room; all students have to stay seated upright. Outside those times, a student could receive a written offense from the building's coordinator. Also NU enforces a "dry" student body so NU has every student sign a contract that they will not drink while being an NU student. Meaning even if a student is over the age of 21, they are not allowed to drink alcohol, even on breaks. So, if a student is caught with alcohol, even if they are off-campus, they can be reprimanded. I felt like I was often treated as a child at summer camp being supervised all the time, instead of an adult pursuing and preparing for my adult life and career goals.
I felt that I gained the knowledge I was looking for my entire life. I found the right major and I absolutely loved the difficulty of high academics. Literary theory is a MUST for you philosophers and English majors. I have also made life-long friends.
I wish the buildings were a little more updated.