Northwestern University.

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Northwestern University

Northwestern University (NU) is a private research university in Evanston, Illinois. It was founded in 1851 by nine men whose goal was to establish a university that would serve the former Northwest Territory. The university is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference and the only private university in the conference. Northwestern is ranked among the top twenty universities in the nation and top thirty universities in the world by major education publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Times Higher Education, and Academic Ranking of World Universities.The university is composed of eleven undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, which include the Kellogg School of Management, the Pritzker School of Law, the Feinberg School of Medicine, the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the Bienen School of Music, the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Medill School of Journalism, the School of Communication, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Education and Social Policy, and The Graduate School. As of Fall 2019, the university had 21,946 enrolled students, including 8,327 undergraduates and 13,619 graduate students.Valued at $11.1 billion, Northwestern currently possesses the eleventh largest university endowment in the United States. Its numerous research programs bring in nearly $900 million in sponsored research each year.Northwestern's main 240-acre (97 ha) campus lies along the shores of Lake Michigan in Evanston, 12 miles north of Downtown Chicago. The university's law, medical, and professional schools, along with its nationally ranked affiliated Northwestern Memorial Hospital, are located on a 25-acre (10 ha) campus in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. In 2008, the university opened a campus in Education City, Doha, Qatar with programs in journalism and communication. In 2016, Northwestern opened a space in San Francisco, California at 44 Montgomery Street, which hosts journalism, engineering, and marketing programs.As of October 2020, Northwestern's faculty and alumni have included 1 Fields Medalist, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, 40 Pulitzer Prize winners, 6 MacArthur Fellows, 17 Rhodes Scholars, 27 Marshall Scholars, 23 National Medal of Science winners, 11 National Humanities Medal recipients, 84 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 10 living billionaires, 16 Olympic medalists, and 2 U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Northwestern alumni have founded notable companies such as The Blackstone Group, Kirkland & Ellis, U.S. Steel, Guggenheim Partners, Accenture, Aon Corporation, AQR Capital, and Booz Allen Hamilton.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 8,489 students
  • 1.26 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Northwestern University

Visual and Performing Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Visual and Performing Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Neuroscience, Business, Marketing, and Finance.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

3,442 students out of 37,259 applicants were accepted into Northwestern University. They had an average SAT score of 1500. 35% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 77% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Northwestern University was $52,678. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $72,980.

Financial aid available at Northwestern University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

54% of undergraduate students at Northwestern University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Northwestern University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Northwestern University was of $16,047 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,660.

Diversity at Northwestern University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017