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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.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students9,177
   Women4,654 (50.7%)
   Men4,523 (49.3%)
Graduate Students11,931


Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate13% of 33,673 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math700-790 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading690-771 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite31-34 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$68,060
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$41,952
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemQuarter
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 42% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 10% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes


Evanston Population75,570
Nearest Metropolitan AreaChicago
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 88% of freshmen, 40% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
17.9% Asian
6.3% Black/African-American
11.4% Hispanic/Latino
5.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
56.7% White
2.1% Unknown
International Students7.4% from 76 countries
First-Year Students Returning97.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2020 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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Average 3.79 4.23 706 690 694 31
Low 2.50 2.60 470 400 490 17
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 800 36
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• At 750,000 square feet, NU's Technological Institute is one of the largest academic buildings in the world.

• NU sponsors a yearlong series of workshops and discussions called "Life After College" to help graduates get a good job.

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Annual Survey of Colleges 2015, copyright © 2015 The College Board. All rights reserved.
Peterson's Undergraduate and Undergraduate Financial Aid Databases,
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