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Hi everyone,

 

I'm hew here, but have been reading the forums for a while. I've enjoyed reading everyone's contributions to the different threads over the past few weeks. :)

 

My question is about Northwestern. I was thrilled to get in there for Fall '13, but there's an issue that concerns me. While most of the schools have close to perfect program completion rates, Northwestern has had lots of people drop out of the program several years in a row (one year 7 people dropped out, another year 5, etc.) These numbers seem small but considering the denominator is only about 40, it's worrying.

 

What do you think the reason for this is? Maybe the high tuition fees? Is it a harder and more stressful program? Is there anything dodgy about the program?! What are your opinions?

 

 

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Congrats on your acceptance!

Those are important questions to ask. Make sure to pull a student aside while you are visiting to get answers! Many people might be less honest over email or if asked during an info session Q&A. I'll also advise you against equating "harder" with "more stress" - there's certainly some causation, but faculty support, quality of advising, and student culture also play a huge role in stress level.

Good luck with your decision.

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What do you think the reason for this is? Maybe the high tuition fees? Is it a harder and more stressful program? Is there anything dodgy about the program?! What are your opinions?

 

From what I have been told by someone I know in the program, it's not uncommon for people to fail/be kicked out. 

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