Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

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Tuition & Fees

$56,691

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
78%
600-699
19%
500-599
1%
400-499
0
700-800
85%
600-699
12%
500-599
2%
30-36
91%
24-29
7%
18-23
1%
12-17
0
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undergraduateRatios

49%

male

51%

female

1

teacher

6

students

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Extremely Selective

9%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,673
Declined 36,912
Total Received 40,585
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Private

8,327

undergraduate students

13,619

graduate students

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Location

School Facts

Northwestern University, founded in 1851, is a private, comprehensive university. Its 250-acre campus is located in Evanston, 12 miles north of Chicago.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 21,946
Established in 1851
Coeducational Coeducational

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231-acre, suburban campus in Evanston (population: 74,756), 12 miles from Chicago; branch campus (law and medical schools) in Chicago. Major airport, bus, and train serve Chicago. Public transportation serves campus. School operates transportation to Chicago campus.

  • Metropolitan area: Chicago
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: O'Hare International

Northwestern University
633 Clark Street
Evanston
60208

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
60%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through sophomore year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Men only housing
yes
Women only housing

Top Events

  • Dillo Day Music Festival
  • Dance Marathon
  • Wildcat Welcome

Fun Facts

  • In 1972, the Northwestern University student body voted to change the athletic teams' official nickname from "Wildcats" to "Purple Haze." The new name never caught on, but Hendrix still rules.
  • We wonder if Stephen Colbert perfected his flair for satire—and his perfectly arched eyebrow—while attending his alma mater, Northwestern University.
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • Local fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus
  • Local sororities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
92%
Top 1/4
0%
Top 1/2
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
78%
600-699
19%
500-599
1%
400-499
0
700-800
85%
600-699
12%
500-599
2%
30-36
91%
24-29
7%
18-23
1%
12-17
0

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $75
Application deadline January 1
Has early decision program yes

Extremely Selective

9%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,673
Declined 36,912
Total Received 40,585

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
class rank
rigor of secondary school record
standardized test scores

Important

extracurricular activities
character/personal qualities
application essay
recommendation(s)
talent/ability

Considered

alumni/ae relation
level of applicant's interest
first generation
interview
racial/ethnic status
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

geographical residence
religious affiliation/commitment
state residency

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International Facts

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 96
Accepts International Baccalaureate no
Offers English as a second language no
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Financial Facts

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Installment payment plan yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-country running
Fencing
Field hockey
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Volleyball
Wrestling
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Athletic Conference

NCAA Division 1

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
African Studies
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics, General
Area Studies, Other
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/Art Studies, General
Asian Studies/Civilization
Astronomy
Audiology/Audiologist
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Biochemistry
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Caribbean Studies
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General
Civil Engineering, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Community Organization and Advocacy
Community Psychology
Comparative Literature
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Counseling Psychology
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Ecology
Economics, General
Education, General
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Geography
Geology/Earth Science, General
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Industrial Engineering
Information Science/Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Jazz/Jazz Studies
Journalism
Keyboard Instruments
Legal Studies, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Linguistics
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Molecular Biology
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Teacher Education
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Neuroscience
Organizational Behavior Studies
Percussion Instruments
Philosophy
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Psychology, General
Public Policy Analysis, General
Radio and Television
Religion/Religious Studies
Rhetoric and Composition
Science, Technology and Society
Secondary Education and Teaching
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Slavic Studies
Social Sciences, Other
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Sociology
South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Statistics, General
Stringed Instruments
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
Urban Studies/Affairs
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Voice and Opera
Women's Studies
Woodwind Instruments
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Programs Offered

  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate
  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

21,946

total students

31%

in-state

69%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

38%

8,327
students

Female
51%
4,247

Male
49%
4,080

62%

13,619
students

Female
50%
6,778

Male
50%
6,841

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

98%

8,186
students

Female
52%
4,183

Male
48%
4,003

2%

141
students

Female
46%
64

Male
54%
77

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 98%
Student 4 year graduation rate 84%
Student 5 year graduation rate 8%
Student 6 year graduation rate 2%

Student Break-down

10%
Nonresident aliens
5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
18%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
43%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
6%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

210

Transfer students enrolled

1%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment no
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred no

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 15

Transfer difficulty

Very difficult

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Counseling services

  • Group career
  • Individual career
  • Learning disability
  • Personal/Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health clinic
  • Women's center

Special programs for physically disabled students

Not Reported

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