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grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Value
    grade A+
  3. Diversity
    grade A+
  4. Campus
    grade A minus
  5. Athletics
    grade A
  6. Party Scene
    grade A minus
  7. Professors
    grade A+
  8. Location
    grade A minus
  9. Dorms
    grade B
  10. Campus Food
    grade B
  11. Student Life
    grade A+
  12. Safety
    grade B

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Northwestern is an elite private university located in Evanston, Illinois in the Chicago Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 8,284 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Northwestern acceptance rate is only 9%. Popular majors include Economics, Psychology, and Journalism. Graduating 94% of students, Northwestern alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $58,900.

About

633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208
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.

NU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
9%
Application Deadline
January 3
SAT Range
1440-1550
ACT Range
33-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$26,196 / 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
$48,438 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
64%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade 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
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 93 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 93 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • All
    0%
  • None
    100%
  • Some
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,284 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
398
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 47 responses
  • Busy
    40%
  • Engaged
    26%
  • Stressed
    21%
  • Depressed
    4%
  • Pressured
    4%
  • Approachable
    2%
  • Innovative
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 95 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 125 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 43 responses
  • Great academic environment
    33%
  • Stressful
    28%
  • Busy
    23%
  • Home away from home
    7%
  • Fast-paced
    5%
  • Boring
    2%
  • Career Oriented
    2%

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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