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Northwestern University is a private-not-for-profit university located in Evanston, Illinois.
Established in 1851, the university expanded with campuses in Chicago and Doha, Qatar with the main campus situated in Evanston. Started with little money, no land, and limited higher education experience, Northwestern is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community.
The students come from more than 75 countries for its highly ranked colleges and programs. It has some prestigious schools under its umbrella, such as Kellogg School of Management, the School of Education and Social Policy, the School of Law, the Feinberg School of Medicine, Interdepartmental Biological Sciences Program, and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
University's acceptance rate is 8.5%.
It also claims to have a low student to faculty ratio of 6:1.
Northwestern is a house of 21,000 enrolled students and 3,334 full-time faculty members.
University's Nursing is one of the best programs being offered at the university. The diplomas are presented to the graduates and the course was started in the year 1906. Nursing programs are accredited as well.
The university meets the standards of the Higher Learning Commission and is accredited by the same.
The university offers 38 online programs across 8 disciplines.
The online learning is flexible and helps students with different styles of learning.
The university offers many Undergraduate and Graduate level online programs.
Online Tools include Search Library Collections, Digital Library Collections, Research Guides.
According to the US News, the university is ranked 10th in 'National Universities'.
The atmosphere is competitive, the faculty and students are supportive. The campus is good with many opportunities and resources for the professional growth of a student.
The university is accepting, diverse, and progressive overall.
Cross-discipline courses are provided for students. It is easier to get involved in college events and clubs.
Northwestern University is one of only four U.S. universities that ranks in the top twenty across all categories of graduate education and in the top 10 overalls.
As per US News and World Report, Northwestern has the following rankings:
#9 in National Universities
#76 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie)
#14 in Best Value Schools
#57 in Most Innovative Schools (tie)
#251 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie)
#13 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (tie)
#11 in Biomedical
#6 in Industrial / Manufacturing (tie)
#5 in Materials (tie)
#12 in Mechanical
#11 in Co-ops/Internships (tie)
#34 in Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects (tie)
Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.
Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.
1430 - 1550
33 - 35
High School GPA
Accept Common App
The admission process at Northwestern is a simple online process, involving an application fee of $75.
It also invites applications for Early Decision Process. The list of requirements for undergraduate programs is quite lengthy and includes multiple transcripts, essays and letters of recommendation along with test scores. The graduation admission requirements differ from programs.
With an acceptance rate of 8.5%, getting enrolled in this university is not a cakewalk. Following points need to be addressed:
The form can be filled via any of the two platforms: Common Application or Coalition Application form.
High school transcripts, ACT/SAT reports, and letters of recommendations are mandatory.
SAT Range required: 1430 – 1550.
ACT Range required: 33-35.
Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.
Average Annual Cost
Books And Supplies
Room And Board
The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.
Budget For Other Expenses
Total One Year Cost
The net price for studying at Northwestern comes to around $27,540.
The average annual cost of attendance at Northwestern amounts to nearly $78,654. It includes the following expenses:
Tuition Fees: $56,232
Books and supplies: $1,605
Personal Expenses: $1,850
Other fees: $514
Room and Boarding: $17,019
Budget for other expenses: $3,839
Highest Degree Offered
The highest degree offered by the Institution.
Full-Time Retention Rate
Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.
Part-Time Retention Rate
Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.
Research Funding per Student
Evening Degree Programs
Communication, Journalism, and Rela...
Political Science and Government
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft
Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...
Communication and Media Studies
Community Organization and Advocacy
English Language and Literature, Ge...
International Relations and Nationa...
Finance and Financial Management Se...
Neurobiology and Neurosciences
Public Policy Analysis
Communication Disorders Sciences an...
Non-Professional General Legal Stud...
Human Resources Management and Serv...
Natural Resources Conservation and...
Linguistic, Comparative, and Relate...
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...
Research and Experimental Psycholog...
Romance Languages, Literatures, and...
Entrepreneurial and Small Business...
Biological and Physical Sciences
Electrical, Electronics and Communi...
Legal Research and Advanced Profess...
Computer and Information Sciences,...
Fine and Studio Arts
Biological and Biomedical Sciences,...
Science, Technology and Society
Architecture and Related Services,...
Teacher Education and Professional...
Classics and Classical Languages, L...
Germanic Languages, Literatures, an...
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs
East Asian Languages, Literatures,...
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...
Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languag...
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...
Allied Health and Medical Assisting...
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...
Educational Assessment, Evaluation,...
Geography and Cartography
Health Professions and Related Clin...
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing St...
Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.
LGBTQIA STUDENT RESOURCE GROUPS
ON CAMPUS WOMEN'S CENTER
Two or more races
Non Resident alien
American Indian/Alaska native
0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander
Out Of State
36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.
Median Household Income
$81,812 per year
The students can reside on campus and 99% of Freshman Live On-Campus.
On Campus Housing Available
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus
Freshmen Live on Campus
Undergrads in College Housing
Averege Housing Cost
The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around
Meal Plan Available
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Division Sports Nickname
purple and white
Varsity Athletics Association
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Big Ten Conference
Total Male Athletes
Total Female Athletes
Sports Team (Men)
Swimming and Diving
Sports Team (Women)
24-Hour Security Patrol
Campus Emergency Phones
24-Hour Escort Safety rides
Mobile Campus Emergency Alert
The university offers on-campus housing facilities to the students who wish to stay on the campus. A candidate will be needed to pay a normal expense of $17,019 per year for living on campus. Northwestern University has several dining and meal plan options for its students and the average meal plan at NU costs around $6,526 per year. The university considers the safety and security of its students to be paramount. At NU, campus safety and security features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. There are around 49% male and 51% female students enrolled at the university.
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation
Median Total Debt After Graduation
The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.
Typical Monthly Loan Payment
The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.
$125 - 329
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and started their studies
Out of 7,811 students
10% Still Enrolled
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Federal Grants
Students Receiving State Aid
Students Receiving Institutional Grants
Aid awarded based on the family income.
$30K - $48K
$48K - $75K
$75K - $110K
Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants
Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants
Financial Aid is available for students in the form of federal aid, grants, scholarships, and loans.
A financial aid package typically meets a student’s full financial need through a combination of need-based scholarships, grants, and part-time work in order to meet the net price of $27,540.
The average financial aid required is $45,427. Around 61% of undergraduates receive financial aid from the college.
The applicants need to fill up the FAFSA form for the university, followed by submitting a College Scholarship Service/Financial Aid profile online. After this, one needs to complete and submit Complete and submit federal tax forms and wait for notification from the university.
Students looking for financial aid can fill the FAFSA form. Northwestern University FAFSA code or federal school code is 001739.
Federal aids include Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal work-study.
Institutional Aid includes Northwestern University Scholarship, Debt Cap Scholarship, National Merit Scholarship, National Merit Scholarship, and Founders Scholarship.
Military Financial aids are also provided which include Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, Survivors and Dependent Educational Assistance Program (DEA), and Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP).
State Aid includes the Illinois Monetary Award Program.
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