Tuition & Fees

$52,678

$52,678

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
70%
600-699
26%
500-599
4%
700-800
80%
600-699
18%
500-599
2%
30-36
87%
24-29
12%
18-23
1%
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undergraduateRatios

50%

50%

male

female

1
7

teacher

students

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Extremely Selective

10%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,743
Declined + 31,357
Total Received 35,100
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Private (nonprofit)

8,353

undergraduate students

12,855

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Engineering
  2. Economics
  3. Journalism
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Codes

SAT 1565
ACT 1106

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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.
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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.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 21,208
Established in 1851
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AALS (Association of American Law Schools)
•  ABA (American Bar Association)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication)
•  AMA/AAMC/LCME (American Medical Association/Association of American Medical Colleges/Liaison Committee on Medical Education)
•  APA (American Psychological Association)
•  APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
•  ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
•  CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre)
•  NCACS (North Central Assn. of Colleges and Schools)

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Evanston, IL

231-acre, suburban campus in Evanston (population: 74,895), 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.

Northwestern University
633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60208

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
53%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
99%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
23 fraternities 34% of male students
 
19 sororities 39% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
91%
Top 1/4
100%
Top 1/2
100%
Bottom 1/2
0%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
70%
600-699
26%
500-599
4%
700-800
80%
600-699
18%
500-599
2%
30-36
87%
24-29
12%
18-23
1%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $75
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 1
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 1
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required of some
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Required of some
SAT or ACT Required

Extremely Selective

10%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,743
Declined + 31,357
Total Received 35,100

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Class rank
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Interview
Minority affiliation
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Christopher Watson
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
P: 847 491-7271
ug-admission@northwestern.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $8,159,058
State $2,668,673
Institutional $142,735,371
Other external $4,266,127
Total $157,829,229

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $1,394,189
Other external $1,033,951
Total $2,428,140

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
diving
fencing
field hockey
football
golf
lacrosse
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
volleyball
wrestling

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Big Ten Conference (Division I, Football I-A), Midwest Conference (Division III), American Lacrosse Conference (Division I, Women's Lacrosse only)
Mascot
Wildcats
School colors
purple and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Adult/Continuing Education
Advertising
African American/Black Studies
African-American Studies
African-American/Black Studies
Agribusiness
Agricultural Business/Management
Agricultural Communications/Journalism
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Mechanics/Equipment/Machine
Agricultural Operations
Agricultural Operations/Related Science
Agricultural/Biological Engineering
Agricultural/Biosystems Engineering
American Indian Studies
American Studies
Animal Science
Anthropology
Apparel/Textiles
Apparel/Textiles/Design
Applied Economics
Applied Mathematics
Art
Art Education
Art History/Criticism
Art Therapy
Arts/Humanities
Asian Studies
Astronomy
Astrophysics
Audiology/Speech Language Pathology
Audiology/Speech/Language Pathology
Biochemistry
Biochemistry/Physics/Molecular Biology
Biological Science
Biological/Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biosystems Engineering
Botany/Plant Biology
Botany/Plant Pathology
Business Administration/Management
Business/Commerce
Cell/Molecular Biology
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Physics
Chemistry
Child Development
City/Urban/Community/Regional Planning
Civil Engineering
Classical Languages
Classics
Clinical Lab Science/Medical Technology
Clinical Psychology
Clinical/Medical Social Work
Communication Disorders
Communication Studies/Speech Communication/Rhetoric
Communication/Speech Communication/Rhetorical
Comparative Cultures/Politics
Computational Chemistry
Computational Mathematics
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Computer/Information Science
Conducting
Construction Management
Counselor Education
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Curriculum/Instruction
Design/Visual Communications
Diagnostic Molecular Sciences
Dietetics
Drama/Theatre Arts
Early Childhood Education
East Asian Language/Literature
Ecology/Evolution/Systematics/Population Biology
Economics
Education
Education/Instructional Media Design
Educational Evaluation/Research
Educational Leadership/Administration
Educational Psychology
Electrical Engineering
Electronics/Communication Engineering
Electronics/Communications Engineer
Electronics/Communications Engineering
Elementary Education
Elementary/Middle School Education
Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
English Language/Literature
English/Comparative Literature
English/Language Arts Education
Entomology
Environmental Biology
Environmental Design/Architecture
Environmental Design/Facilities Management
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Health Engineering
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Environmental Toxicology
Epidemiology
European Studies
Experimental Pathology
Family Studies
Family/Community Studies
Fashion Merchandising
Finance
Fisheries/Wildlife/Wetlands
Fisheries/Wildlife/Wildlands Science/Management
Fishing/Fisheries Science
Food Safety
Food Science
Forensic Science
Forestry
French Language/Literature
General Science
Genetics
Genomics/Molecular Genetics
Geographic Information Science
Geography
Geology
Geology/Earth Science
Geophysics/Seismology
German Language/Literature
German Languages/Literature
Global/Area Studies
Health Communication
Higher Education
Hispanic American/Puerto Rican/Chicano Studies
History
History Teacher Education
Horticultural Science
Hospitality Administration/Management
Human Development/Family Studies
Human Nutrition
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Industrial Relations
Information Resources Management
Information Studies/Media
Interior Design
International Relations/Affairs
International/Global Studies
Jazz
Jazz Studies
Journalism
Kinesiology/Exercise Science
Labor Studies
Labor/Industrial Relations
Landscape Architecture
Large Animal/Food Animal/Equine Surgery
Law
Learning Disabilities
Legal Studies
Linguistics
Logistics/Materials Management
Management Information Systems
Manufacturing Innovations
Marketing Management
Marriage/Family Therapy
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Mass Communications/Media Studies
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Mathematics
Mathematics Education
Mechanical Engineering
Media Arts/Technology
Media Communications
Media/Communications Technology
Medicine
Microbiology
Molecular Genetics
Music
Music Education
Music Pedagogy
Music Performance
Music Teacher Education
Music Theory/Composition
Musicology/Ethnomusicology
Natural Resource Economics
Natural Resource Management
Natural Resources Management/Policy
Neuroscience
Nurse Practitioner
Nursing
Nursing Science
Nursing/R.N.
Nutrition/Science
Operations Management/Supervision
Organizational Behavior
Osteopathic Medicine
Packaging
Park/Recreation/Leisure Studies
Parks/Recreation/Leisure Facilities Management
Pathology
Pedagogy
Pharmacology/Toxicology
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physical Science
Physical Sciences
Physics
Physiology
Plant Breeding/Genetics
Plant Breeding/Plant Genetics
Plant Genetics
Plant Pathology
Plant Protection/Pest Management
Policy Sciences
Political Science/Government
Political Theory/Constitutional Democracy
Pre-Law
Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Professional Writing
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Policy
Public Policy Analysis
Public Relations/Image Management
Quantitative Biology
Radio/Television
Reading Teacher Education
Religion/Religious Studies
Restaurant/Food Service Management
Russian Language/Literature
Russian Studies
School Counseling
School Psychology
Science Teacher Education
Science Technology/Society
Secondary Education
Secondary School Administration
Small Animal Surgery/Medicine
Social Sciences
Social Work
Sociology
Soil Science/Agronomy
Spanish
Spanish Language/Literature
Special Education
Special Education/Learning Disabilities
Special Education/Visual Impairment
Speech/Rhetorical Studies
Statistics
Supply Chain Management
TESOL
Technical/Business Writing
Technology Systems Management
Telecommunication
Theatre
Theatre/Theatre Arts
Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Technician/Assistant
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
Wildlife/Wildlands Science/Management
Women's Studies
Youth Development
Zoology/Animal Biology
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Undergraduate

39%

8,353
students

Female
50%
4,182

Male
50%
4,171

Graduate

61%

12,855
students

Female
46%
5,945

Male
54%
6,910

undergraduateFull-time

98%

8,216
students

Female
50%
4,108

Male
50%
4,108

undergraduatePart-time

2%

137
students

Female
55%
74

Male
45%
63

Student Break-down

10%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
17%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
48%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

11%

Transfer applicants accepted

52%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 3.00
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of All
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 15

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

48

quarter hours

Minimum transfers must complete

23

quarter hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious

Remedial services offered

Not Reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 66
Countries most often represented Canada
China
India
Singapore
South Korea
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants International student center
Special orientation

International Student Contact

F. Shep Shanley
Senior Associate Director of Admission
nuinternational@northwestern.edu

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