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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
Northwestern University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
Address
633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208
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Northwestern University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
11%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1400-1560
ACT Range
32-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$29,326/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,339/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,150/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,763/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,983/ year
  • $110k+
    $40,222/ year
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Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.82 responses
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.85 responses
41%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.85 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,298Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Busy
    43%
  • Engaged
    25%
  • Stressed
    25%
  • Approachable
    3%
  • Depressed
    3%
  • Pressured
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.87 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.117 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Great academic environment
    34%
  • Stressful
    31%
  • Busy
    29%
  • Boring
    3%
  • Career Oriented
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$65,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses
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I attended Northwestern because of the music program and the professor I would be working with. My professor was amazing, and so was the music program as a whole. I was able to pursue a double major with an outside field, and while it was difficult and busy, the administration helped me every quarter by allowing me to take extra classes to finish on time. The campus is beautiful, but there is always construction. It is not a huge party school, but there are parties and lots of other ways to have fun. I loved the proximity to Chicago and the public transit system. Overall, I liked the student body. There was a general hard work ethic, and though my majors weren't particularly competitive, I know there were some that were fairly cut-throat. The mental health services can be improved upon, but I felt that NU was a very accepting, diverse, and progressive school overall. Financial aid was great, and getting better!
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As a social, multi-interested student I was worried that Northwestern was going to be too small and all work and no play. The great thing I've found about Northwestern is how easy it is to get involved and explore all of your interests from academic to professional to social. Professors and TAs are accessible due to it being a smaller school and it's not too hard to get into classes. There is also room in even an engineers schedule to take cross-discipline classes that interest you. On the social side there's a lot going on in and out of Greek life, with house parties being a great way to hang out with friends as an alternative to frat parties, but also a lot of open parties at fraternities. It's easy to meet people and get involved through the numerous clubs on campus, and everyone can find their place.
Northwestern University is not only beautiful, with the lakefill and the insane view of Chicago, but I have made incredible friends and gained such an amazing education so far. The professors really care about you personally, your education, and your potential. They always push you to exceed limits you never thought you could reach. Not only do I learn so much in the classroom, but also in my extracurriculars. Northwestern students are passionate, hardworking, and collaborative. On the weekends, there are always multiple parties, plays, musicals, acapella shows, sports games, and comedy shows. I cannot imagine myself anywhere else.