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/

Private
Co-ed
8,278
Undergraduate
Students
(50.3%) 4,167 Women
(49.7%) 4,111 Men
13,196
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
9% of 37,259 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
720-790 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
700-770 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
32-34 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$75,698
Tuition and Fees
$54,567
Room and Board
$16,626
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$50,668
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$19,718
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,479
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
75,570
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Chicago
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
52% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
 
Sororities
39% of women participate
Fraternities
34% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
18.9% Asian
6.4% Black/African-American
13.8% Hispanic/Latino
6.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
51.0% White
3.8% Unknown
International Students
9.1% from 75 countries
First-Year Students Returning
98.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
84.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   3
Science   2
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies   2
History   2
Academic Electives   1

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Required for some
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
633 Clark Street
City, State, Zip
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone
(847) 491-7271
Fax
 
E-mail
ug-admission@northwestern.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$75
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
Audition for music program recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
9% of 37,259 applicants were admitted
Women
9% of 19,306 applicants were admitted
Men
9% of 17,953 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
2,049 (60%) of 3,442 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,042 (59%) of 1,766 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,007 (60%) of 1,676 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
27% of 3830 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
2,905
Students Accepting Wait List Position
1,892
Students Admitted From Wait List
65

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
720-790 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
79%
Score of 600 - 700
19%
Score of 500 - 600
1%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
700-770 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
72%
Score of 600 - 700
24%
Score of 500 - 600
3%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
32-34 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
89%
Score of 24 - 29
10%
Score of 18 - 23
1%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 91%
Top quarter: 100%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$75,698
Tuition and Fees
$54,567
Room and Board
$16,626
Books and Supplies
$1,605
Other Expenses
$2,900
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
undergradaid@u.northwestern.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
March 5
Award Notification
On or about April 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001739
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,178 (61.9%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
947 (80.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
947 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
947 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$50,668
Need-Based Gift
Received by 922 (97.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $49,645
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 658 (69.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,358
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
85 (4.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $6,659

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
4,174 (50.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
3,723 (89.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,723 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
3,723 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$49,030
Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,647 (98.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $46,720
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,671 (71.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,550
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
326 (3.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,923

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
37%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$19,718
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Music
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
International Students
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Quarter
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Audiology/Audiologist
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Caribbean Studies
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Community Psychology
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Ecology
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General
  • Engineering, Other
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Science/Studies
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Journalism
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Percussion Instruments
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Radio and Television
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Slavic Studies
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Statistics, General
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Voice and Opera
  • Women's Studies
  • Woodwind Instruments
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Communication/journalism, Engineering
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Not reported
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Not required

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,479
Part-Time Faculty
252
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
85%
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
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 29% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 45% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 16% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Not reported
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science in Communication, Master of Studies in Law, Master of Science, Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, Master of Business Administration, Master of Laws, Master of Arts, Master of Laws in Taxation, Master of Public Health

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • American Studies
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Artificial Intelligence/Robotics
  • Arts Administration
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences/Medical Technology
  • Clinical Research
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • Database Systems
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ethics
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • Finance and Banking
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • History
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Management
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Information Science
  • International Affairs
  • International Business
  • International Health
  • Internet and Interactive Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Marketing
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Informatics
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Neurobiology
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Management
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Project Management
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Public Policy
  • Publishing
  • Quality Management
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Real Estate
  • Religion
  • Rhetoric
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Speech and Interpersonal Communication
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Taxation
  • Theater
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Juris Doctor

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • African-American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Biopsychology
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • Developmental Biology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Epidemiology
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • Finance and Banking
  • French
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • German
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Health Services Research
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Management
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • International Affairs
  • International Business
  • Italian
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Marketing
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Informatics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational Management
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Real Estate
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Religion
  • Rhetoric
  • Slavic Languages
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech and Interpersonal Communication
  • Statistics
  • Structural Biology
  • Structural Engineering
  • Systems Biology
  • Taxation
  • Theater
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering

Location and Setting


Evanston Population
75,570
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Chicago
Campus Size
250 acres

Weather

Temperature
12.9 average low in January, 79.6 average high in September
Rain
125 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
12 mile(s) from campus in Chicago
Nearest Train Station
12 mile(s) from campus in Chicago

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
52% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
48%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
 
School Colors
 

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
 

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
39% of women participate
Fraternities
34% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
8,278
Women
4,167 (50.3%)
Men
4,111 (49.7%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
8,117
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
18.9% Asian
6.4% Black/African-American
13.8% Hispanic/Latino
6.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
51.0% White
3.8% Unknown
International Students.
9.1% from 75 countries
Average Age
 
All Graduate Students
13,196

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
98.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
84.3%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
92.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
93.8%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 0.3%
Law 3.8%
Dentistry 0.2%
Arts and Sciences 10.5%
Medicine 6.1%
Other 3%

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