A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C
  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

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
13%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1400-1560
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$30,552/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,940/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,545/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,275/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,071/ year
  • $110k+
    $42,662/ year

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
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.84 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.84 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,247Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Busy
    44%
  • Stressed
    26%
  • Engaged
    23%
  • Approachable
    3%
  • Depressed
    3%
  • Pressured
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.86 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.116 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Great academic environment
    35%
  • Stressful
    32%
  • Busy
    26%
  • Boring
    3%
  • Career Oriented
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$64,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
48%
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 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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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.
Northwestern's defining feature is the unique spirit of camaraderie and collaboration that permeates every element of college life. Northwestern tries to incorporate a lot of group projects and get students active in their studies outside of just coursework and exams through its hundreds of student-run groups.

At Northwestern, you are actively encouraged to take a variety of classes outside your major, and you really get to explore different disciplines. Northwestern has a quarter system, which means that in a given school year you will take about 12-13 courses instead of the semester standard of 10.

Throughout my years here, I have made friends studying every discipline, and they have opened my eyes to a world of knowledge. I encourage anyone with a desire to learn a wealth of information and experience a collaborative learning environment to apply.