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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 04/ 4/2010

College Tour '10: Northwestern University

By Valerie Strauss

EVANSTON, IL
Northwestern University
From a parent

They kept insisting that spring is beautiful there but spring doesn’t take place at the end of March. It was sleeting and snowing and raining, coming down sideways, all at the same time, and I had an umbrella and our feet got really wet and we had to buy new socks.

But nothing stops the people of Northwestern. They took care of us.

Who the tour guide is is the most important thing when you go visiting colleges. And at Northwestern, we had two guides, one who had just finished off his credits and another senior, and both were great. They were involved with the campus radio station broadcasting all of the football games, and my child loved that. They were honest, funny and very spirited about the school.

Northwestern also has great academics. We really liked the fact that Northwestern is on the quarter system. Kids take four courses each quarter so a lot of kids have a double major. [This allows students to take several more courses than at a typical semester calendar school.]

This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, email me a brief report at theanswersheet@washpost.com. You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to http://timespace.washingtonpost.com/project/college-2010/ to see more college posts in the series.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 4, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  College Tour '10  | Tags:  College Tour '10, Northwestern University  
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