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Students at Northwestern University may begrudge their school's lack of name recognition outside the Midwest, but they aren't disappointed by the stellar academics and beautiful campus on the shore of Lake Michigan that attracted them in the first place.
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- Full name: Northwestern University
- Location: Evanston
- Founded: 1851
- Tuition: $45,527
- Setting: Urban
- Public/Private: Private
- Selectivity: Most Selective
- % Applications Admitted: 18%
- Undergraduates: 9,283
- Graduates: 12,309
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Fittingly for a school with a wildcat as its mascot, the traditions practiced by students at Northwestern University are more than a little animalistic. At football games, the student body is known to growl land claw at the air in an impression of their mascot while the other team is in possession of the ball. (The practice of throwing marshmallows on the field was discontinued.) Three times year, at 9 p.m. on the Sunday before finals week, the students takes part in the Primal Scream, momentarily shaking off the strain of cramming for exams in what is
doubtlessly a harrowing sound for anyone unaware of the tradition. Finally, there’s Mayfest, a spring tradition that commemorates the, “renunciation of the May Queen of the temporal world for a spiritual one.” The week Mayfest culminates in Armadillo Day (or just “Dillo Day”), which was created in 1972 by Northwestern students from Texas to celebrate one of the iconic animals of their home state. These days, Dillo Day is an all-day party with free food and a lakefront concert, but its decidedly un-Chicagoan origins still give it a feeling of quirkiness.
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