Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

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Tuition & Fees

$58,701

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
760
25th
700
75th
790
25th
730
75th
36
25th
34
75th
35
25th
31
75th
35
25th
33
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undergraduateRatios

47%

male

53%

female

6

students

1

faculty

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Extremely Selective

9%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,654
Declined 35,609
Total Received 39,263
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Private

9,827

undergraduate students

16,043

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.

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Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 25,870
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.

  • Campus Setting: Small-medium city

Northwestern University
633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL
60208

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
60%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
99%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
no
Students are not required to live in school housing
no
Students may not have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

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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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

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

Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
760
25th
700
75th
790
25th
730
75th
36
25th
34
75th
35
25th
31
75th
35
25th
33

Admissions Facts

Application fee $75
Admissions interview (required or recommended) Neither
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline (final deadline) January 1
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 1
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required SAT Subject Tests Required of some

Extremely Selective

9%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,654
Declined 35,609
Total Received 39,263

Admissions Factors

Required

Secondary School GPA
Recommendations
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Admission test scores
Secondary School Record
Completion of college-preparatory program

Recommended

Secondary School Rank

Neither required nor recommended

Formal demonstration of competencies
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

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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

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

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Financial Aid

59%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$46,822

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $58,227
Room $10,878
Board $6,738
Additional fees $474
Books & supplies $1,662
Total $77,979
Average Financial Aid - $46,822
Total with Avg. Aid $31,157

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Financial Aid Office


P: 847 491-7400
undergradaid@u.northwestern.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Fencing
Field hockey
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field x country
Volleyball
Wrestling

Club Sports - Men's

baseball, basketball, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Club Sports - Women's

basketball, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, synchronized skating, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Intramural/Recreational Sports

basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting and Related Services, Other.
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General.
African Studies.
African-American/Black Studies.
American/United States Studies/Civilization.
Anthropology, General.
Anthropology, Other.
Applied Mathematics, General.
Architecture and Related Services, Other.
Area Studies, Other.
Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
Art/Art Studies, General.
Artificial Intelligence.
Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, General.
Asian Studies/Civilization.
Asian-American Studies.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other.
Astronomy.
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
Audiology/Audiologist.
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
Bioethics/Medical Ethics.
Bioinformatics.
Biological and Physical Sciences.
Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other.
Biostatistics.
Biotechnology.
Botany/Plant Biology, Other.
Business Administration and Management, General.
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
Business/Commerce, General.
Business/Managerial Economics.
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other.
Chemical Engineering.
Chemistry, General.
Civil Engineering, General.
Clinical Psychology.
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics.
Cognitive Science, General.
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
Communication and Media Studies, Other.
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
Community Organization and Advocacy.
Community Psychology.
Comparative Literature.
Computational and Applied Mathematics.
Computer Engineering, General.
Computer Science.
Computer and Information Sciences, General.
Conducting.
Counseling Psychology.
Creative Writing.
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis.
Dance, General.
Dental Clinical Sciences, General.
Design and Visual Communications, General.
Developmental Biology and Embryology.
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
Directing and Theatrical Production.
Documentary Production.
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other.
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce.
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
Ecology.
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
Economics, General.
Education, General.
Education, Other.
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities.
Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Engineering Design.
Engineering Mechanics.
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.
Engineering Science.
Engineering, General.
Engineering, Other.
Engineering/Engineering-Related Technologies/Technicians, Other.
Engineering/Industrial Management.
English Language and Literature, General.
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
Environmental Science.
Environmental Studies.
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
European Studies/Civilization.
Film/Cinema/Media Studies.
Finance, General.
French Language and Literature.
General Studies.
Genetic Counseling/Counselor.
Geography.
Geology/Earth Science, General.
German Language and Literature.
Health Communication.
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator.
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other.
Health and Wellness, General.
Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration.
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies.
History, General.
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other.
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
Humanities/Humanistic Studies.
Industrial Engineering.
Information Science/Studies.
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies.
International Business/Trade/Commerce.
International Relations and Affairs.
Italian Language and Literature.
Jewish/Judaic Studies.
Journalism.
Keyboard Instruments.
Labor and Industrial Relations.
Learning Sciences.
Legal Professions and Studies, Other.
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other.
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.
Linguistics.
Management Information Systems, General.
Management Science.
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other.
Manufacturing Engineering.
Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling.
Materials Engineering.
Materials Science.
Mathematics, General.
Mechanical Engineering.
Mechanical/Mechanical Engineering Technology/Technician.
Medical Informatics.
Medical Science/Scientist.
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
Music Performance, General.
Music Teacher Education.
Music Theory and Composition.
Music, General.
Music, Other.
Musical Theatre.
Musicology and Ethnomusicology.
Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
Neurobiology and Anatomy.
Neuroscience.
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management.
Operations Management and Supervision.
Organizational Behavior Studies.
Orthotist/Prosthetist.
Philosophy.
Physician Associate/Assistant.
Physics, General.
Playwriting and Screenwriting.
Political Science and Government, General.
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
Programs for Foreign Lawyers.
Psychology, General.
Psychology, Other.
Public Administration.
Public Health, General.
Public Policy Analysis, General.
Radio and Television.
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other.
Real Estate.
Religion/Religious Studies.
Religious/Sacred Music.
Robotics Technology/Technician.
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other.
Science, Technology and Society.
Secondary Education and Teaching.
Social Sciences, General.
Social Sciences, Other.
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education.
Sociology, General.
Spanish Language and Literature.
Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.
Statistics, General.
Stringed Instruments.
Sustainability Studies.
Systems Science and Theory.
Tax Law/Taxation.
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism.
Transportation/Mobility Management.
Urban Studies/Affairs.
Visual and Performing Arts, General.
Voice and Opera.
Women's Studies.

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Engineering
  2. Economics
  3. Journalism

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Double majors
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Self-designed majors

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Engineering

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-veterinary science

25,870

total students

25%

in-state

75%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

38%

9,827
students

Female
53%
5,162

Male
47%
4,665

62%

16,043
students

Female
50%
7,994

Male
50%
8,049

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

87%

8,577
students

Female
51%
4,394

Male
49%
4,183

13%

1,250
students

Female
61%
768

Male
39%
482

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Student Break-down

8%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
17%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
43%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

2%

Students are transfer students

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Application Deadline

Fall: March 15

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

48

quarter hours

Minimum transfers must complete

23

quarter hours

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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 75
Countries most often represented Canada
China
India
Singapore
South Korea
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants International student center
Special orientation

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