1,235 reviews
  1. Evanston, IL
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  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-A
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%
SAT Scores Range
1390-1560
ACT Scores Range
31-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for Northwestern University

Cost

Net Price
$28,667/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,700/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,982/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,290/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,038/ year
  • $110k+
    $43,125/ 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

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,398Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
15%
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 Northwestern University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$64,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
47%
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

Northwestern University Reviews

1,235 reviews
All Categories
Evanston is a perfect place for a college to be in: well-developed public transport, subway line to Chicago, lots of restaurants and shops, not so hectic as large cities, and a safe neighborhood. Northwestern is relatively large for a private college, but a bigger school means more opportunities. There are faculties doing research in almost every realm of arts and sciences, and the pre-professional programs are excellent here. The only problem is that Northwestern might be a bit too pre-professional: everyone is either a pre-med or looking for a job in consulting business, and you will feel lonely if you are a linguistics major or physics major or something.
Northwestern University's Evanston campus was a beautiful place to live for four years. The surrounding community is pleasant but as usual it doesn't always view college kids warmly (and sometimes that's very deserved). It's not the most exciting place but the campus is connected to Chicago by the el train, which I couldn't have lived without. The lake view was priceless to have. As for academics, Northwestern has many stellar professors and offers a very well-rounded, challenging education, as well as numerous career services and opportunities for experiences and networking. It is, of course, up to the student to make use of these resources. Some dorms are much better than others, but none of the ones I lived in were terrible.
Northwestern is an amazingly challenging and diverse world-class institution. The reputation of programs ranging from chemistry to journalism, music to economics, and everything in between, precedes itself. Every student is extremely passionate about whatever they're studying or participating in on campus. That being said, the student body does give off an air of pre-professional culture, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if like-minded, but can be overwhelming at times for students less sure on their future career path.