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Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a prestigious private university located in Evanston, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. It offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs for talented students. Northwestern University is also a member of the Big Ten athletic conference.

Northwestern University offers various academic programs. It has been recognized for its excellent medical, engineering, science, and liberal arts programs.

A few of Northwestern University's internationally-recognized programs include theatre, sociology, journalism, film and media studies, integrated marketing communication, drama, biology, law, business management, computer engineering, and mechanical engineering.

Since Northwestern is a private university, tuition rates are high compared to state colleges and universities. However, students at Northwestern can take advantage of work-study programs, Pell grants, loans, and numerous scholarships sponsored by the university and private organizations.

Northwestern provides numerous employment services for students. Job fairs are held throughout the year and the university's career center lists internships and jobs on its job board.

Students living in Chicago who do not want to live or commute to Evanston can complete classes on the Chicago campus. More opportunities for international students to study at Northwestern are now available since it recently opened a new campus in Qatar.

Plenty of social opportunities are available to students at Northwestern. More than 200 student organizations are located on campus. Students participating in these groups get the opportunity to socialize, volunteer, and recreate. A museum, a cinema airing foreign films, a concert hall, and a theater are also located on campus. Since Northwestern is a member of the Big 10, numerous sporting events are frequently held on campus.
Admission Office
1801 Hinman Avenue
PO Box 3060
Evanston, IL 60204-3060
(847) 491-7271
ug-admission@northwestern.edu
Contact: Christopher Watson
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address
633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-3741
www.northwestern.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 8,476
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,078
Degree-seeking undergrads: 8,364
Graduate enrollment: 8,456

Setting
Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 - 249,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Annual Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $35,429 $37,125 $38,463 $40,223 +4.58%
Books and Supplies $1,548 $1,626 $1,685 $1,737 +3.09%
Living Arrangement - On Campus
Room and Board $10,776 $11,295 $11,703 $12,240 +4.59%
Other $2,026 $2,074 $2,132 $2,206 +3.47%
Living Arrangement - Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $49,779 $52,120 $53,983 $56,406 +4.49%
In-state Off Campus $36,977 $38,751 $40,148 $41,960 +4.51%
In-state with Family $36,977 $38,751 $40,148 $41,960 +4.51%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $39,840
In-state Student Fees $312
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $39,840
Out-of-state Fees $312

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,127 54%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,015 49% $24,072,706 $23,717
• Federal grants 138 7% $1,022,487 $7,409
• Pell grants 138 7% $451,464 $3,271
• Other federal grants 138 7% $571,023 $4,138
State/local government grant or scholarships 89 4% $406,540 $4,568
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,013 49% $22,643,679 $22,353
Student loan aid 690 33% $3,939,849 $5,710
• Federal student loans 635 31% $2,767,121 $4,358
• Other student loans 122 6% $1,172,728 $9,613

All Degrees and Programs

BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 2812 4688 889 - 183
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 34 - - - -
African Studies 2 - - - -
African-american/black Studies 6 - - - -
American/united States Studies/civilization 12 - - - -
Area Studies, Other 1 - - - -
Asian Studies/civilization - - - - -
European Studies/civilization 1 - - - -
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 1 - - - -
Women's Studies 11 - - - -
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 111 47 65 - -
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - - - - -
Bioinformatics - 5 - - -
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 111 4 13 - -
Biostatistics - 2 - - -
Biotechnology - 25 - - -
Botany/plant Biology, Other - 6 - - -
Cell/cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other - - 29 - -
Developmental Biology and Embryology - - - - -
Ecology - - - - -
Neurobiology and Anatomy - 5 - - -
Neuroscience - - 23 - -
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 21 3082 16 - 98
Accounting and Related Services, Other - 75 - - -
Accounting Technology/technician and Bookkeeping - - - - -
Business Administration and Management - 432 - - 21
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other - 151 - - -
Business/commerce - 57 - - -
Business/managerial Economics - 75 4 - 40
E-commerce/electronic Commerce - 10 - - -
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies - 173 - - -
Finance - 507 5 - 37
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration - 7 - - -
International Business/trade/commerce - 112 - - -
Labor and Industrial Relations - - - - -
Management Information Systems - - - - -
Management Science - 468 - - -
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other - 48 - - -
Marketing/marketing Management - 635 4 - -
Non-profit/public/organizational Management - 1 - - -
Operations Management and Supervision - 46 - - -
Organizational Behavior Studies 21 260 3 - -
Real Estate - 25 - - -
Transportation/mobility Management - - - - -
Communication and Journalism Programs 382 296 7 - 33
Communication and Media Studies, Other 2 1 - - -
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other - 108 - - 33
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia - 4 4 - -
Journalism 153 153 - - -
Radio and Television 74 3 1 - -
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other 14 - - - -
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 139 27 2 - -
Computing and Information Sciences 28 66 12 - -
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other - - - - -
Computer and Information Sciences 4 - - - -
Computer Science 20 9 12 - -
Information Science/studies 4 57 - - -
Education 19 130 10 - 8
Education - - - - -
Education, Other - 9 9 - -
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Specific Learning Disabilities - 14 1 - -
Educational Leadership and Administration - - - - -
Music Teacher Education 7 18 - - -
Secondary Education and Teaching 12 - - - -
Social and Philosophical Foundations Of Education - 89 - - 8
Engineering 286 152 93 - -
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 50 26 12 - -
Chemical Engineering 30 6 13 - -
Civil Engineering 15 15 5 - -
Computer Engineering 16 - - - -
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 28 26 16 - -
Engineering Mechanics - 2 - - -
Engineering Science - - - - -
Engineering - - - - -
Engineering, Other 1 37 - - -
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 3 - - - -
Industrial Engineering 62 11 4 - -
Manufacturing Engineering 10 - - - -
Materials Engineering 21 9 28 - -
Mechanical Engineering 50 20 15 - -
Engineering Technology - 127 - - -
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields, Other - 28 - - -
Engineering/industrial Management - 81 - - -
Mechanical Engineering/mechanical Technology/technician - 18 - - -
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 90 26 5 - -
Creative Writing 2 9 - - -
English Language and Literature 88 17 5 - -
Writing - - - - -
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 111 6 10 - -
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11 - - - -
Comparative Literature 10 - 5 - -
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 18 - - - -
French Language and Literature 14 1 2 - -
German Language and Literature 9 1 - - -
Italian Language and Literature 1 - - - -
Linguistics 15 3 2 - -
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3 1 1 - -
Spanish Language and Literature 30 - - - -
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 50 220 233 - 14
Audiology/audiologist - - - - -
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist - - 6 - -
Bioethics/medical Ethics - 3 - - -
Communication Sciences and Disorders 50 - 1 - -
Dental Clinical Sciences - - - - -
Genetic Counseling/counselor - 10 - - -
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other - 12 - - -
Health Information/medical Records Administration/administrator - - - - -
Health/health Care Administration/management - 30 - - -
Health/medical Preparatory Programs, Other - - - - 13
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling - 21 - - -
Medical Informatics - 69 - - -
Medical Scientist - 20 - - -
Medicine - - 156 - -
orthotist/prosthetist - - - - 1
Physical Therapy/therapist - - 69 - -
Pre-medicine/pre-medical Studies - - - - -
Public Health - 16 - - -
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist - 39 1 - -
History 109 8 9 - -
History 109 8 9 - -
Human Services 98 42 - - -
Community organization and Advocacy 47 15 - - -
Public Administration - 18 - - -
Public Policy Analysis 51 9 - - -
Legal and Law Studies - 232 288 - -
Advanced Legal Research/studies - - - - -
Law - - 288 - -
Legal Professions and Studies, Other - 10 - - -
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other - 38 - - -
Programs For Foreign Lawyers - 134 - - -
Tax Law/taxation - 50 - - -
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 5 10 - - -
General Studies - - - - -
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 5 10 - - -
Mathematics and Statistics 95 19 13 - -
Applied Mathematics 8 17 4 - -
Mathematics 84 2 7 - -
Statistics 3 - 2 - -
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 31 - - - -
Biological and Physical Sciences 17 - - - -
Intercultural/multicultural and Diversity Studies - - - - -
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 11 - - - -
Science, Technology and Society 3 - - - -
Systems Science and Theory - - - - -
Natural Resources and Conservation 14 - - - -
Environmental Science 14 - - - -
Environmental Studies - - - - -
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies - 27 - - -
Sport and Fitness Administration/management - 27 - - -
Physical Sciences 36 13 50 - -
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other - 6 8 - -
Chemistry 18 5 41 - -
Geology and Earth Science 6 2 1 - -
Materials Science 2 - - - -
Physics 10 - - - -
Psychology 246 38 17 - -
Clinical Psychology - - 8 - -
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics 11 - - - -
Community Psychology - - - - -
Counseling Psychology - 25 - - -
Psychology 198 13 9 - -
Psychology, Other 37 - - - -
Science Technologies/technicians - 6 - - -
Science Technologies/technicians, Other - 6 - - -
Social Sciences 804 48 28 - -
Anthropology 31 5 2 - -
Anthropology, Other - - - - -
Economics 374 22 12 - -
Geography 4 - - - -
International Relations and Affairs 118 - - - -
Political Science and Government 199 13 7 - -
Social Sciences, Other 43 - - - -
Sociology 31 8 7 - -
Urban Studies/affairs 4 - - - -
Theology and Religious Vocations - - - - -
Religious/sacred Music - - - - -
Visual and Performing Arts 242 92 29 - 30
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 21 - 2 - -
Art/art Studies 10 6 - - -
Conducting - 3 2 - -
Dance 11 - - - -
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 92 6 6 - -
Dramatic/theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other 8 - - - 27
Film/cinema/video Studies - 1 3 - -
Jazz/jazz Studies 2 - - - -
Keyboard Instruments 2 2 2 - -
Music Performance 30 25 2 - 1
Music Theory and Composition 5 1 3 - -
Music 15 - 7 - -
Music, Other - - - - -
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 4 3 - - -
Playwriting and Screenwriting - 12 - - -
Stringed Instruments 16 21 1 - 1
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism 2 - - - -
Visual and Performing Arts 2 - - - -
Voice and Opera 22 12 1 - 1
Work and Family Studies - 1 4 - -
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other - 1 4 - -
Above data represents first majors only.
(-) Indicates that a program is not offered at this level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $65
Online application fee: $65
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 23%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 97%
Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Completion of college-prep program: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 27,528
Percent Admitted: 23%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 33%
Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading
  • 680 (25th Percentile)
  • 750 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 700 (25th Percentile)
  • 780 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 680 (25th Percentile)
  • 770 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 31 (25th Percentile)
  • 33 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 32 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 30 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)
ACT Writing
  • 8 (25th Percentile)
  • 10 (75th Percentile)

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Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Area studies B
Asian Studies B
European Studies B
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art - General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts - General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Jazz Studies B
Music - General B
Music - General Performance B
Music - Piano/Organ B
Music - Voice/Opera B
Music Theory/Composition B
Musicology/Ethnomusicology B
Stringed Instruments B
Theater Literature/History/Criticism B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B
Ecology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting Technology C
Business Administration/Management C
Organizational Behavior Studies B,C

Communications & Journalism
Advertising C
Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Radio, television, and digital communication B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences - General B
Information Sciences/Systems B

Education
Education - General B
Education of Learning Disabled B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B

Engineering
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering - General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering - General B
Engineering Science B
Environmental Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Manufacturing Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Materials Science B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature
Creative Writing B
English Composition C
English Language & Literature - General B

Foreign Language & Literature
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
East Asian B
French B
German B
Italian B
Linguistics B
Slavic B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Communication Disorders B
Orthotics/Prosthetics C
Premedicine B

History
History - General B

Law & Legal Studies
Law & Legal Studies - General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B,C

Mathematics
Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics - General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological/Physical Sciences B
Neuroscience B
Science, Technology & Society B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology
Cognitive Psychology/Psycholinguistics B
Community Psychology B
Psychology - General B

Public Administration & Services
Community Organization/Advocacy B
Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.
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