Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208

Overview

Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Large
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Quarter
Total enrollment 21,823
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 7%
Student to faculty ratio 7:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 3,658 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
No
Types of Programs Offered
Academic
No
Occupational
No
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
No
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
No
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
No
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
No
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
No
On-campus day care for students' children
No
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates

Admission

11%
Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Northwestern University is one of the most selective institutions in its admission process in the U.S. In Fall 2016, it received 35,100 applications and only 3,743 students were granted admission. Northwestern University is at the #9 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 71% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 38% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1400 to 1560
ACT32 to 34

Application Fee

$75
Undergrad students
$95
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Northwestern University's tuition was $50,424 for all students regardless of residency (88.2% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

$29,326
Average Net Price
(2016-2017)
National Average = $22,127
$50,424
In State Tuition
(2016-2017)
National Average = $26,792
$50,424
Out of State Tuition
(2016-2017)
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 62% of Northwestern University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 15% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,345 (which is 1.3% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Northwestern University in 2016-2017, was 512, which is 25% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $4,753 (which is 19.4% below the national average.)

$4,345
Average
Pell Grant
(2016-2017)
National Average = $4,400
$4,753
Average
Federal Loan
(2016-2017)
National Average = $5,895
62%
Financial aid
awarded
(2016-2017)
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Northwestern University has enrolled a total of 21,823 students (17,475 students full-time and 4,348 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 21,823 students, 104 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 52% men and 48% women and 8,791 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 13,032 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 1,387 students for distance studies.

21,823
Total Enrollment
104
Transfers

Student Diversity

White: 45%

Non-resident alien: 17%

Asian: 13%

Hispanic: 8%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 7%

Black/African American: 5%

Two or more races: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%

Majors

Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Northwestern University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 58% 3,161 0
Social Sciences 14% 750
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 3% 186
Psychology 2% 108
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 2% 104
Legal Professions And Studies 2% 83
Health Professions And Related Programs 2% 83 0
Mathematics And Statistics 1% 80
Visual And Performing Arts 1% 73
History 1% 66

Graduation & Dropout Rates

94%
Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Northwestern University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

1%
Still enrolled
5%
Dropout rate
--
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

$57,300
Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Northwestern University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $57,300. Last year, out of the total 2,106 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,959 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 2,101 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,912 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $57,300 $65,900
Employment Rate 93% 91%
Total Graduates 2,106 2,101

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