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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.

Website: www.northwestern.edu/

(50.9%) 4,193 Women
(49.1%) 4,038 Men


Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
8% of 40,425 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Early Decision Offered
Regular Admission Deadline
January 2

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
730-790 range of middle 50%
700-760 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
33-35 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met
Not reported
Average Freshman Award
Not reported
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 45% of classes
10-19 students: 33% of classes
20-29 students: 10% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

Evanston Population
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
60% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
39% of women participate
34% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
19.4% Asian
6.3% Black/African-American
13.9% Hispanic/Latino
6.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
49.5% White
4.4% Unknown
International Students
9.5% from 75 countries
First-Year Students Returning
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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