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Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
Northwestern University, founded in 1851, is a private, comprehensive university. It offers unusual flexibility combined with a wide choice of academic concentrations. Programs are offered through the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; the Schools of Education and Social Policy, Law, Music, and Speech; the Graduate School; the Kellogg Graduate School of Management; the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; the Medical School; and the Medill School of Journalism. In addition to over 70 established majors, students can choose or design nontraditional combinations. In addition, a broad range of field experiences, internships and programs combining work and study are part of the academic program of a large percentage of the students. Because Chicago is only 30 minutes away, students have the cultural advantage of the music, theatre, museums, sports and entertainment of a world-class city to enrich their undergraduate experience. Its 250-acre campus is located in Evanston, 12 miles north of Chicago.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 8,353
   Women 4,182 (50.1%)
   Men 4,171 (49.9%)
Graduate Students 12,855
Entrance Difficulty Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate 11% of 35,100 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math 710-800 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 690-760 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 32-34 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $70,496
  Tuition and Fees $50,855
  Room and Board $15,489
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $48,603
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates Not reported
Regular Class Size Not reported
Evanston Population 75,570
Nearest Metropolitan Area Chicago
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 50% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Sororities 39% of women participate
Fraternities 34% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
19.3% Asian
6.3% Black/African-American
13.8% Hispanic/Latino
5.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
52.8% White
2.1% Unknown
International Students 9.8% from 75 countries
First-Year Students Returning 98.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 84.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported