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1.
Northwestern University is known as the Ivy of the Midwest. A highly selective and prestigious school with an entirely homogenous student body.

Northwestern Norms: Black North Face Fleece, Lacoste Polo, Apple iPod, Losing at almost every Big Ten Sports, walking with your head down, wearing t-shirts from Ivy League schools you aren't going to, and having an artificially low GPA because of extremely challenging classes.
"Going to Northwestern University is like having a beautiful girlfriend that treats you like crap." - The Princeton Review
by go_air_willy February 28, 2005
 
2.
A prestigious school known to vary a lot in terms of programs. There are lots of organizations and the overall student fine arts are superb. They make for great campus productions. Degrees and grades depend greatly on program. There is a mix of very social and anti-social which is largely defined by major. Social scene is mainly greek as many students are involved in the system. Grading in Engineering is NOTORIOUS for being very low, adhering to the mantra that a C is an average grade which in turn makes it difficult for NU grads to compete for internships/CoOp's. Chemistry also has a slight problem with this. Other programs like Communications are known for A average classes. This makes the overall school GPA look more balanced, but still lower than most.

Students wear middle-end designer labels on nearly everything. People are middle/upper middle class for the most part, but some act above that. There are really two types of students who go to NU : those which it was their top choice, and those who it was there best choice. School pride is masked by designer labels and trends limited to the school. Most notable are the Northface fleece, Coach handbags, UGG Boots, and recently Vera Bradley totes. People may be very social, but never gain any new friends. Exceptions are usually only made if you include greek organizations. GDI's sometimes have to struggle to find a link to a traditional social scene without using the greek system.

Those who have school spirit year round are very passionate and can easily be picked out of a crowd in a game or other event.

The school spirit depends on how the sports teams do, which is usually not very well. The sports with the best teams are usually the sports least cared about.

Professors can be accessed, but will not pursue you. Office hours indicate how much the prof. cares about his/her students. Much of a student's grade can be determined by interest shown by the student, but there is no hand holding here. Class size is middle of the road, but much smaller than State schools.
The northwestern university marching band and the football players are the most school spirited groups of students on campus.
by EECS-CE-O-ME March 25, 2007
 
3.
Elsewhere in the world, people stir and mutter curses as dawn shoves them into wakefulness.

But here, friends, we tear home across campus on midnight bicycle treks.

Here we stumble home from Burger King distracted by theories of economics and the way the alcohol in our blood makes the clock tower blur into the stars.

Here we spin our brains like coffee-fueled turbines and blast our computers with chattering keystroke zaps.

Here, essays crack, crumble and landslide into printer-paper torrents as mental reservoirs overflow, burst upon unsuspecting assignments below us, drown them and saturate them and thrash them and stream on.

Elsewhere, people punch their alarm clocks and snooze in the shower. But here we know the dawn as it is: the first signpost of approaching sleep.
Northwestern University. It must be in the air here.
by n43000z May 06, 2010
 
4.
Well balanced students who are very smart and committed to school work. Some are extremely stuck up. But most students can be summed up by the motto: work hard, play hard.
Ex 1: "Come on guys, we should be able to figure this out. I mean, we're Northwestern students."

Ex 2: "My friend was trying to brag about school, but they go to Berkley. I mean, come on, it's only Berkley. I got into Northwestern University."

Ex 3: "I spent all day working on this assignment. Time to go get hammered."

Ex 4: "Screw this hangover, I need to finish this essay."
by xoxo_gossipgirl December 19, 2011
 
5.
The school so named because it happens to be northwest of the University of Chicago.
Person 1: Hey, why's that school called 'Northwestern University'? Seems kinda dumb.

Person 2: There was already a way awesomer school called the University of Chicago. Guess they couldn't get creative.
by turnonthebrightlights137 August 07, 2010