Students Say

“The strength of the school is its range.” Northwestern students agree, vowing their school “has everything”: “Intelligent but laid-back students, excel[lence] in academic fields,” “great extracurriculars and good parties,” “strong [Big Ten] sports spirit,” and “so many connections and opportunities during and after graduation.”

Overview

Applicants
33,673
Acceptance Rate
13%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
690 - 770
SAT Math
700 - 790
ACT Composite
31 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

“The strength of the school is its range.” Northwestern students agree, vowing their school “has everything”: “Intelligent but laid-back students, excel[lence] in academic fields,” “great extracurriculars and good parties,” “strong [Big Ten] sports spirit,” and “so many connections and opportunities during and after graduation.” Undergrads here brag of “nationally acclaimed programs for almost anything anyone could be interested in, from engineering to theater to journalism to music,” and report “everything is given fairly equal weight. Northwestern students and faculty do not show a considerable bias” toward specific fields. The school accomplishes all this while maintaining a manageable scale. While its relatively small size allows for good student-professor interaction, it has “all the perks” of a big school, including “many opportunities” for research and internships. Be aware, however, “Northwestern is not an easy school. It takes hard work to be average here.” If you “learn from your failures quickly and love to learn for the sake of learning rather than the grade,” students say it is quite possible to stay afloat and even to excel. Helping matters are numerous resources established by administrators and professors, including tutoring programs such as Northwestern’s Gateway Science Workshop. Those who take advantage of these opportunities find the going much easier than those who don’t.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
1,422
with Terminal Degree
1,422

901
Men
521
Women
246
Minority
45
International

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Ecology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Radio and Television
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General
  • Engineering, Other
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Studies, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Neuroscience
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
  • Community Psychology
  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Piano and Organ
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
  • Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Stephen Colbert
Emmy award-winning comedian

Rahm Emanuel
Mayor of Chicago

Heather Headley
Tony award-Winning Actress

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Emmy award-winning actress

Luke Donald
Professional Golfer

Gary Marshall
Producer/Director

John Paul Stevens
U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
90
Application Deadlines
Mar 5
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Northwestern is among the nation’s most expensive undergraduate institutions, a fact that sometimes discourages some qualified students from applying. The school is increasing its efforts to attract more low-income applicants by increasing the number of full scholarships available for students whose family income is less than $45,000. Low-income students who score well on the ACT may receive a letter from the school encouraging them to apply. With tuition more than $45,000 a year, any and all support is greatly appreciated by undergrads and their parents.

Bang For Your Buck

Northwestern University works hard to empower students to become leaders in their professions and communities. People are goal-oriented and care about their academic success, and they’re pleased that Northwestern helps provide “so many connections and opportunities during and after graduation.” Numerous resources established by administrators and professors, including tutoring programs such as Northwestern’s Gateway Science Workshop, provide needy students with all of the support they desire.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,101

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,674

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,926

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,864

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
46%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$39,101

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,836
Required Fees
$415
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,914

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,325
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

The typical Northwestern student “was high school class president with a 4.0, swim team captain, and on the chess team.” So it makes sense everyone here “is an excellent student who works hard” and “has a leadership position in at least two clubs, plus an on-campus job.” Students also tell us “there’s [a] great separation between North Campus (think: fraternities, engineering, state school mentality) and South Campus (think: closer to Chicago and its culture, arts and letters, liberal arts school mentality). Students segregate themselves depending on background and interests, and it’s rare for these two groups to interact beyond a superficial level.” The student body here includes sizeable Jewish, Indian, and East-Asian populations.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
8,405
Out of State
67%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
77

Demographics

51% female
49% male
67% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

There are two distinct sections of the Northwestern campus. The North Campus is where “you can find a party every night of the week” and “the Greek scene is strong.” The South Campus, about a one-mile trek from the action to the north, is “more artsy and has minimal partying on weeknights,” but is closer to town so “it is easy” to “buy dinner, see a show at the movies, and go shopping. People who live on North Campus have a harder time getting motivated to go into Evanston and tap into all that is offered.” As one South Campus resident puts it, “South Campus is nice and quiet in its own way. I enjoy reading and watching movies here, and the quietude is appreciated when study time rolls around. But for more exciting fun, a trip north is a must.” Regardless of where students live, extracurriculars are “incredible here. There is a group for every interest, and the groups are amazingly well-managed by students alone. This goes hand-in-hand with how passionate students at Northwestern are about what they love.” Many students “are involved in plays, a cappella groups, comedy troupes, and other organizations geared toward the performing arts. Activism is also very popular, with many involved in political groups, human-rights activism, and volunteering.” In addition, Northwestern’s membership in the Big Ten means students “attend some of the best sporting events in the country.” Chicago, of course, “is a wonderful resource. People go into the city for a wide variety of things—daily excursions, jobs, internships, nights out, parties, etc.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
40%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
66
First-Year Students living on campus
88%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
78

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Services for Students with Disabilities

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Margie Roe

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Students must provide a diagnostic report (such as a psychoeducational evaluation or neuropsychological assessment) that was completed no more than five years prior to the student's request for accommodations. A clear statement of the diagnosis. The scores from the tests administered and explanations of the appropriate academic accommodations The explanation of the accommodation must show a clear relationship with the student's particular type of disability.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
A diagnostic report from an appropriate professional that includes a developmental history, documentation of current symptoms that meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD, Clear evidence and documentation of interference with developmentally appropriate academic, social, or vocational functioning and a description of why the student's condidion necessitates an accommodation.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
415
Number of Honor Societies
23

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
29

29% join a fraternity
32% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Wildcats)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Wildcats)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Illinois - Chicago
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Illinois Institute of Technology

Sustainability

Green Rating
80

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
54

Average Number of PC's per Lab
19

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, CDW-G, Dell, SHI

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Chad Faber
Associate Director - Visitors Center

Address
1801 Hinman Rd
PO Box 3060
Evanston, IL 60208

Phone
847-491-7271

Email
ug-admission@northwestern.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Shakespeare Garden
Dearborn Observatory
Norris Student Center
Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Acquatic Center
The lakefill on Lake Michigan

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Evanston Century Movie Theatres
Navy Pier, Chicago
Evanston Art Center
Wrigley Field, Chicago
Old Orchard (Westgate) Shopping Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; October-April open Saturday
8:30am-5pm; 9am-noon when open on Saturdays
847-491-7271

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies according to time of year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Seniors only, except for special programs; 1-night stay only Mon-Fri; Not available in summer.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
O'Hare International Airport in Chicago is 18 miles from campus. Bus service is available from the airport to Northwester's Foster Walker Complex (and to Evanston's Hilton Garden Inn and Hilton Orrington Hotel). Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways buses provide service to Chicago. From there, take the CTA rapid-transit system to Howard St and transfer to the Evanston purple line train. Get off at the Davis St stop and walk east on Davis St to Orrington Ave; Walk north on Orrington to Clark St; East on Clark to Hinman Ave; North on Hinman Ave then take a right on Sheridan road. Walk to the Visitors Center at 1841 Sheridan Rd.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-94 (Edens Expy), take the Dempster St east exit. From Dempster, head north on Hinman Ave then east on Sheridan Rd to the Visitors Center at 1841 Sheridan Rd. Garage parking is available at the Visitors Center.
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Key Stats

33,673
Applicants
8,405
Size
13%
Acceptance Rate
1480
SAT Scores

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