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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

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 2
SAT Range
1420-1560
ACT Range
32-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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

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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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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While Northwestern may be ranked as one of the top schools in the nation, these high reviews may be slightly deceiving. Undergraduate education here is honestly what you might see at other universities and colleges--something that I didn't expect until I came here. As a McCormick Engineering major at least, you'll have your share of good and bad professors and experience even some classes that are impossible to do well in. While Northwestern has some very nice, new dorms, you might be located to one of the older ones. The food is not very good. The weather during late fall, early spring, and the entirety of winter quarter is brutally cold. That said, one of the best things about Northwestern, is the campus life and the people. I've made some of my closest friends here and the campus is beautiful with good weather. Graduating from this school will look great to any employer and there are a lot of resources for you to succeed here; just don't think it will be easy.
There are plenty of things to love about Northwestern University. To start the campus really is beautiful and the lakeside location only helps to add to the campus aesthetics. In addition, there is no denying the academic rigor on campus. Students are motivated learn and professors are equally motivated to teach. That said, the academic environment can become a bit overwhelming or aggressive. Students need to be hyper organized to stay on top of assignments as there is a narrow margin between missing an assigned reading and falling significantly behind in a class.