Northwestern University

633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60208

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Main telephone 847-491-3741
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Public or private Private
Type of school University
Date founded 1851
Degrees offered Certificate or diploma, Bachelor's, Master's, First professional, Doctorate, Other advanced degrees
School accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Setting Suburban (within commuting distance of a large city)
Closest major metropolitan area Chicago
Campus size 250 acres
County Cook
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Number of full time, freshmen men 992
Number of full time, freshmen women 1,014
Total number of full time freshmen 2,006
Number of part time, freshmen men 0
Number of part time, freshmen women 0
Total number of part time freshmen 0
Total number of freshmen men 992
Total number of freshmen women 1,014
Total number of freshmen 2,006
Number of full time, undergraduate men 4,003
Number of full time, undergraduate women 4,183
Total number of full time undergraduates 8,186
Number of part time, undergraduate men 77
Number of part time, undergraduate women 64
Total number of part time undergraduates 141
Total number of undergraduate males 4,080
Total number of undergraduate females 4,247
Total number of undergraduate students 8,327
Total enrollment 8,327
American Indian/Alaskan Native Less than 1%
Asian 18%
Black 5%
Hispanic 12%
White 43%
Race/ethnicity unknown 3%
These figures reflect responses of people who chose to indicate their racial-ethnic background. All categories except Hispanic represent non-Hispanic students. International students are not included in these figures so they may not add up to 100 percent.
Percentage of students from out of state 69%
Number of states and territories represented 52
Percentage of students from outside the US 10%
Number of countries represented 96
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Tuition year 2020-2021
In-state tuition $56,286
Out-of-state tuition $56,286
Fees $454
Books and supplies $1,662
Room and board (live on campus)* $17,616
Board and transportation (live with parents) $3,630
* Room and board costs may vary by housing facility and number of meals in meal plan
Installment plan (you can pay tuition in several payments over the course of the term) Yes
Undergraduate costs are for ... (Costs are for the 2020-2021 academic year.)
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Submit these forms FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), CSS Financial Aid profile, parent and student income tax forms
Application deadline (for fall term) March 1
School year financial aid data is from 2019-2020
Average financial aid package awarded to freshmen $56,115
For freshmen, percentage of need* met by aid package 100%
Average amount of financial aid awarded to freshmen
Loan $2,883
Scholarship or grant $54,303
Average financial aid package awarded to undergraduates (including freshmen) $54,473
For all undergraduates, percentage of need* met by aid package 100%
Average amount of financial aid awarded to undergraduates
Loan $3,669
Scholarship or grant $52,629
* "Need" as defined for financial aid results from a formula based on a student's situation. The formula considers family and student income, family size, unusual expenses, and the school's costs.
Number of freshmen who applied for aid 1,189
Number of freshmen who received aid 969
Number of undergraduates who applied for aid 4,310
Number of undergraduates who received aid 3,803
Percentage of students who took out loans to pay for school 34%
Average student loan debt for last graduating class $36,350
Federal PLUS loans (for parents) Yes
Federal Stafford loans (subsidized) Yes
Federal Stafford loans (unsubsidized) Yes
Institution loans (from the school) Yes
Need-based scholarships and grants
Federal Pell Grants Yes
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Yes
State-sponsored scholarships and grants Yes
Merit-based scholarships and grants
School-sponsored scholarships in art Yes
School-sponsored scholarships for special characteristics Yes
Student employment
Work study Yes
Non-proprietary financial aid data are from ... (Financial aid data are for the 2019-2020 academic year.)
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Admissions contact person Elisabeth Kinsley
Admissions contact title Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Admission
Admissions contact e-mail Email
Electronic application website
For incoming students Most difficult (about 30% of all applicants accepted)
Number of male applicants 19,516
Number of male applicants accepted 1,796
Number of male applicants who enrolled 992
Number of female applicants 21,069
Number of female applicants accepted 1,877
Number of female applicants who enrolled 1,014
Total number of applicants 40,585
Total number of applicants accepted 3,673
Total number of applicants who enrolled 2,006
High school education High school diploma required and GED accepted.
Fall* application deadline January 1
Notification date for fall admission applicants April 1
Early decision (apply early, must attend if accepted) application deadline November 1
Notification date for early decision applicants December 15
Number who applied for early decision 4,399
Number who were admitted via early decision 1,096
Fall transfer application deadline March 15
Notification date for fall transfer applicants Continuous
* Application dates for winter, spring, or summer term admission are likely to be different.
Online application available
Application fee $75
Submit these items:
High school transcript or GED certificate Required for all students
Letters of recommendation (#) 1
Letters of recommendation Required for all students
Written essay or personal statement Required for all students
Other application materials Audition for music program
Other application materials Required for some students
Required exams SAT or ACT
High school GPA Very important
Difficulty of high school courses Very important
Standardized test scores Very important
High school class rank Very important
Recommendations Important
Application essay Important
Character/personal qualities Important
Interview Considered
Talent or ability Important
Extracurricular activities Important
Level of applicant's interest Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment Not considered
Work experience Considered
Related to a school graduate Considered
First generation college student Considered
Racial/ethnic group Considered
Accepted students can defer admission for a period of time Yes
School uses a waiting list Yes
SAT evidence-based reading and writing
400 - 499 0%
500 - 599 2%
600 - 699 20%
700 - 800 78%
Average SAT evidence-based reading and writing score 726
SAT math
500 - 599 2%
600 - 699 13%
700 - 800 85%
Average SAT math score 755
ACT score
12 - 17 0%
18 - 23 1%
24 - 29 8%
30 - 36 91%
Average ACT score 33
Percentage in top 10% 92%
Percentage of freshmen who returned for their sophomore year 98%
Percentage of full-time students who complete their bachelor's degree:
In four years or less 83%
Between four and five years 7%
Between five and six years 2%
Letters of recommendation 1, required for all students
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Certificate or diploma Yes
Bachelor's Yes
Master's Yes
First professional Yes
Doctorate Yes
Other advanced degrees Yes
Academic calendar Quarters
Number of faculty on campus 1,753
Student faculty ratio 6:1
Required number of credits for a bachelor's degree 45 courses
All students must meet:
Core curriculum or school-wide requirements Yes
Internship requirement Depends on major
Senior project requirement Depends on major
Evenings Yes
Part time Yes
Summer school Yes
Accelerated degree Yes
Double major Yes
Graduate courses open to undergraduates Yes
Honors program Yes
Student-designed major Yes
Study abroad available Yes
Army ROTC Yes
Air Force ROTC Yes
Naval ROTC Yes
Advanced Placement Yes
Cooperative education Yes
Independent study Yes
Internships Yes
Computer lab available to students Yes
Online registration for classes Yes
Main library name University Library
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National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Yes
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Choral groups Yes
Drama or theater groups Yes
Marching band Yes
Newspaper Yes
Radio station Yes
TV station Yes
National or local fraternities Yes
National or local sororities Yes
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Percentage of students who live on campus 60%
School owns or operates housing Yes
Highest year that students are required to live on campus Sophomore
Housing availability for first year students Guaranteed
Housing options Co-ed, men only, women only
Dorms require a key or code to enter Yes
School owns or operates housing for Married graduate students, single graduate students
Housing availability for single graduate students First come, first served
Housing application deadline September 1
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Health clinic Yes
Low-cost health insurance Yes
Psychological counseling Yes
Orientation Yes
Services for students with learning disabilities Yes
Women's center Yes
24-hour emergency phone and alarms on campus Yes
Campus patrolled by trained security personnel Yes
Late night transport service Yes
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Alumni networking and mentoring Yes
Career counseling Yes
Career interest testing Yes
Career library Yes
Job bank Yes
Job fairs Yes
Job interviews Yes
Job interview preparation Yes
On campus recruitment by employers Yes
Placement assistance Yes
Résumé preparation assistance Yes
Résumé referral to employers Yes
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Number of undergraduate men 4,080
Number of undergraduate women 4,247
Total number of undergraduate students 8,327
Total enrollment 8,327
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security. If you have questions or concerns about the information displaying please contact Illinois Career Information System.