Northwestern University

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School Overview

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 theater, 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.

Northwestern University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(847) 491-3741
Website:www.northwestern.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:www.northwestern.edu/admissions/
Address:633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:21,823
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):94%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:7 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*:20,436 (94% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$50,855
Out-of-state Tuition:$50,855
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:62%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$38,593

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Northwestern University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Northwestern University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1011
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1395
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services92215
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2673
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services2321
Education1454
Engineering1131210
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields4
English Language and Literature/Letters2221
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1176
Health Professions and Related Programs62194
History111
Legal Professions and Studies1151
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities221
Mathematics and Statistics333
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies132
Natural Resources and Conservation2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Philosophy and Religious Studies322
Physical Sciences433
Psychology433
Public Administration and Social Service Professions223
Science Technologies/Technicians11
Social Sciences2855
Theology and Religious Vocations11
Visual and Performing Arts6171911
Grand total4010713873

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Northwestern University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Health Professions and Related Programs2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Grand total6

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Northwestern University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$50,855
Out-of-state$50,855
Books and supplies$1,620

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$50,864
Out-of-state$50,864

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,24562%
Grant or scholarship aid1,10255%$38,593
Student loan aid52426%$6,311

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid4,66453%$35,199
Federal student loans2,36927%$5,772

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Northwestern University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Northwestern University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants35,10016,79018,310
Percent admitted100%11%11%
Percent admitted who enrolled6%6%6%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Northwestern University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment21,823
Undergraduate enrollment8,791
Graduate enrollment13,032

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Northwestern University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree (The Feinberg School of Medicine - Chicago, IL)
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does 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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