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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 8,161 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Northwestern acceptance rate is only 8%. Popular majors include Economics, Psychology, and Journalism. Graduating 95% of students, Northwestern alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $58,900.
633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208
About Northwestern University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference

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
8%
Application Deadline
January 2
SAT Range
1430-1550
ACT Range
33-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$27,540/ 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
$45,427/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
66%

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.89 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.89 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,161Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
481
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 43 responses
Report
  • Busy
    44%
  • Engaged
    26%
  • Stressed
    23%
  • Approachable
    2%
  • Depressed
    2%
  • Pressured
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.91 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.121 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Great academic environment
    31%
  • Stressful
    28%
  • Busy
    26%
  • Fast-paced
    5%
  • Home away from home
    5%
  • Boring
    3%
  • Career Oriented
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$69,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
95%
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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I have been to the Evanston campus once, but in that visit I was astounded by the various opportunities offered by the university. Every program, whether that be the musical program, theater, biology, medicine, or integrated science, was fleshed out to a point of great immersion and understanding. Not to mention that there was an overall atmosphere of learning and curiosity. Highly recommend!
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Northwestern is an amazing, one of a kind school. The people are what make northwestern so great, as there is a place for everyone at NU. With its many undergraduate schools, northwestern brings together both students and faculty specializing in engineering, journalism, theater, and liberal arts and sciences all on one campus. These are some of the brightest and most fascinating people in the world, and they are the reason northwestern is so special. Positioned on Lake Michigan with two beaches on campus and the famous lakefill, northwestern's campus has a stunning natural beauty and waterfront location that is unrivaled by any american college. The campus contains blends of old and new, which speaks to NU's legacy and its future.
Online classes were the same as in-person classes - just online! Since NU is on the quarter system, our online class period lasted a lot longer than semester schools. Overall, everyone is unmotivated for online classes which is a bummer. But it is what it is.