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Northwestern University

  • Type Control of Institution - Public/Private

    Private, Not-For-Profit

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  • Level

    4 Years

  • Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

    Not applicable

  • Accreditation Accreditation is the process by which the quality of learning at various educational institutions are evaluated. Read More.


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  • Student Population Number of Students attending College


  • On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


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. 

Online Education at Northwestern University

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.

Location & Contact






633 Clark St


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)


  • Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


  • Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


  • SAT Range

    1430 - 1550



  • ACT Range

    33 - 35

  • High School GPA


  • Application Fee


  • 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.

Annual Cost to Attend

  • Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


  • Average Annual Cost


Additional Costs:

  • Books And Supplies


  • Other Fees


  • 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.


Student:Faculty Ratio


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.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Most Popular Majors:

  • Economics

    383 Graduates

  • Psychology, General

    155 Graduates

  • Communication, Journalism, and Rela...

    153 Graduates

  • Journalism

    149 Graduates

  • Political Science and Government

    137 Graduates

  • Biology, General

    117 Graduates

  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

    113 Graduates

  • Industrial Engineering

    100 Graduates

  • Political Science and Government

    137 Graduates

  • Biology, General

    117 Graduates

  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

    113 Graduates

  • Industrial Engineering

    100 Graduates

  • Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

    98 Graduates

  • Communication and Media Studies

    96 Graduates

  • Mechanical Engineering

    93 Graduates

  • Mathematics

    87 Graduates

  • Music

    79 Graduates

  • Community Organization and Advocacy

    76 Graduates

  • History

    67 Graduates

  • Computer Science

    65 Graduates

  • Applied Mathematics

    54 Graduates

  • Business/Managerial Economics

    51 Graduates

  • English Language and Literature, Ge...

    50 Graduates

  • International Relations and Nationa...

    50 Graduates

  • Chemical Engineering

    48 Graduates

  • Finance and Financial Management Se...

    46 Graduates

  • Neurobiology and Neurosciences

    40 Graduates

  • Statistics

    39 Graduates

  • Public Policy Analysis

    38 Graduates

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering

    35 Graduates

  • Engineering, Other

    32 Graduates

  • Communication Disorders Sciences an...

    31 Graduates

  • Psychology, Other

    31 Graduates

  • Sociology

    28 Graduates

  • Materials Engineering

    27 Graduates

  • Anthropology

    26 Graduates

  • Non-Professional General Legal Stud...

    24 Graduates

  • Information Science/Studies

    23 Graduates

  • Manufacturing Engineering

    23 Graduates

  • Human Resources Management and Serv...

    22 Graduates

  • Philosophy

    22 Graduates

  • Physics

    22 Graduates

  • Chemistry

    21 Graduates

  • Natural Resources Conservation and...

    20 Graduates

  • Area Studies

    17 Graduates

  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Relate...

    17 Graduates

  • Civil Engineering

    16 Graduates

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...

    16 Graduates

  • Research and Experimental Psycholog...

    16 Graduates

  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

    15 Graduates

  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business...

    14 Graduates

  • Biological and Physical Sciences

    13 Graduates

  • Electrical, Electronics and Communi...

    13 Graduates

  • Legal Research and Advanced Profess...

    13 Graduates

  • Computer and Information Sciences,...

    10 Graduates

  • Computer Engineering

    10 Graduates

  • Fine and Studio Arts

    10 Graduates

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences,...

    9 Graduates

  • Science, Technology and Society

    9 Graduates

  • Architecture and Related Services,...

    8 Graduates

  • Teacher Education and Professional...

    8 Graduates

  • Classics and Classical Languages, L...

    7 Graduates

  • Environmental/Environmental Health...

    7 Graduates

  • Teacher Education and Professional...

    6 Graduates

  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, an...

    5 Graduates

  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

    5 Graduates

  • Religion/Religious Studies

    5 Graduates

  • Sustainability Studies

    5 Graduates

  • East Asian Languages, Literatures,...

    4 Graduates

  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

    4 Graduates

  • Dance

    3 Graduates

  • Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languag...

    3 Graduates

  • Business/Commerce, General

    2 Graduates

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

    2 Graduates

  • Materials Sciences

    2 Graduates

  • Allied Health and Medical Assisting...

    1 Graduates

  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

    1 Graduates

  • Educational Assessment, Evaluation,...

    1 Graduates

  • Engineering, General

    1 Graduates

  • Geography and Cartography

    1 Graduates

  • Health Professions and Related Clin...

    1 Graduates

  • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing St...

    1 Graduates

  • Urban Studies/Affairs

    1 Graduates

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Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.


Full-time / Part-time

94% / 6%

Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%












Two or more races


Non Resident alien




American Indian/Alaska native


Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander


Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


Out Of State


In State



Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$81,812 per year

Campus Life


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


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $6,526/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

purple and white

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Big Ten Conference

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)






Swimming and Diving



Sports Team (Women)


Cross Country


Field Hockey





Swimming and Diving



Campus Security

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.

24-Hour Security Patrol

Campus Emergency Phones

24-Hour Escort Safety rides

Mobile Campus Emergency Alert

After Graduation

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.

$12,000 - $31,666

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

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving State Aid


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $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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