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.
Northwestern University Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.82 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.89 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.89 responses
Most Popular Majors
Political Science and Government132 Graduates
Drama and Theatre Production93 Graduates
Neuroscience and Neurobiology92 Graduates
Industrial Engineering87 Graduates
Computer Science86 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.91 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.121 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses
Northwestern University Reviews
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!
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.