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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 is an elite private university located in Evanston, Illinois in the Chicago Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 8,205 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Northwestern acceptance rate is only 9%. Popular majors include Economics, Communications, and Psychology. Graduating 94% of students, Northwestern alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $58,900.
About Northwestern University...
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
9%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1420-1560
ACT Range
32-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$26,099/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$44,247/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
61%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
6:1
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.88 responses
41%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.88 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,205Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
495
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 43 responses
Report
  • Busy
    42%
  • Engaged
    26%
  • Stressed
    23%
  • Approachable
    2%
  • Depressed
    2%
  • Diverse
    2%
  • Pressured
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.90 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.120 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Great academic environment
    32%
  • Stressful
    29%
  • Busy
    26%
  • Fast-paced
    5%
  • Boring
    3%
  • Career Oriented
    3%
  • Home away from home
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$69,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses
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Northwestern is a well-balanced school--top notch academics, great arts programs, amazing engineering and science facilities, in a minor city (Evanston) and very close to a major one (Chicago), and even a bit of sports culture. NU students tend to be fun-loving, driven and ambitious, both in their academic and extra-curricular pursuits. It's definitely a work-hard-play-hard atmosphere when you're on campus, and while there is danger in this as you can easily over-extend yourself (and many students do at some point), it makes for a fulfilling four years.
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Northwestern is that rare institution occupying an incredibly unique space within higher education. It's home to world-class academics and one of the nation's most impressive alumni rosters, but carries about half the pretense or snobbery you might find at any other elite university. It's home to top-notch arts & sciences, but has the added benefit of having a number of highly specialized programs, including its prestigious journalism program; a top-ranked music school; one of the nation's most productive theater departments; and a robust engineering school.

Add to all that its utterly romantic setting on the shores of Lake Michigan in one of the best college towns in America (Evanston!) and you get Northwestern — a truly remarkable place that shaped my life over the course of four years. It isn't perfect, and those four years were filled with a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but the friendships forged and experiences made at Northwestern are truly priceless (forgive the cliche).
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!