Northwestern University is a well-respected private institution located in the Chicago suburb of Evanston. Students are close enough to an urban atmosphere to be able to take advantage of a variety of activities. With just over 8,200 undergraduates, the school is small enough to offer classes with a six to one student to faculty ratio, but large enough to attract impressive professors.
The school was established in 1851 and is spread over 240 acres. There is another campus located in Chicago that covers 25 additional acres. The picturesque Evanston campus is right next to Lake Michigan, giving students a gorgeous view from the University Library, Norris University Center, and Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The campus is largely divided into two sections. The North Campus is made up of Science and Athletics. (Including the fraternity buildings, the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Norris Aquatics Center, and the Technological Institute.) The South Campus is mostly Humanities and Arts centered. (With the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, and the sorority buildings.)
Northwestern is known for its rigorous academic curriculum, but also for allowing its students control over the classes they take. Unlike most universities, there are no common core classes required for all students. Each major sets its own standards for necessary classes as determined by the professors in each major. In fact, Northwestern University offers 90 majors as well as 90 minors and certifications. The most popular majors include social sciences, engineering, biological/life sciences and visual and performing arts.
But the university is not just about academics. The school also treasures the many traditions that have developed over the years, including Painting the Rock, the Dance Marathon, and Primal Scream where students are allowed to scream out of their windows during finals week. There is a significant Greek presence on campus, with around 40% of women in a sorority and 32% of men in a fraternity. There are 38 fraternities and sororities to choose from on the Northwestern campus. Additionally, many students decide to live in residential dorms and about 60% decide to stay in college-affiliated housing throughout their undergraduate years.
Students looking for a flexible path towards their desired major should look into the university. Northwestern prides itself on providing individualized courses of study, while still offering consistently challenging classes. Students interested in a beautiful campus close to a major city should consider Northwestern University.
SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
Early Decision application deadline: November 1.
Decisions are announced on December 15.
Regular decision deadline: January 1.
Decisions are mailed by early April.
Transfer application deadline (fall): Mar. 15
Transfer application deadline (spring): Oct. 1
Number of 2019 (Class of 2023) applicants: 40,577
Acceptance rate: 8.5%
Early Decision Admissions
Number of 2019 ED (Class of 2023) applicants: 4,399
2019 (Class of 2023) ED acceptance rate: 25%
Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 1,859
Admitted off waitlist: 24
Waitlist acceptance rate: 1.3%
Number of transfer applicants: 2,069
Transfer applicants admitted: 316
Transfer acceptance rate: 15.3%
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 92%
Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 700-760
SAT Math: 730-790
Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 33-35
Standardized Test Requirements
Writing portion not required
SAT Subject Tests required for applicants to the Honors Program in Medical Education and the Integrated Science Program (ISP) as well as those who have been home schooled.
Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars
Salary After Attending
Score Card Information
4 years: 81.8%
5 years: 92.6%
6 years: 94.6%
Loan default rate: 1.0%
Total Rhodes Scholars: 16
Salary after attending: $69,000
R&D Expenditures: $751.8 million
Sex offenses: 14
Aggravated assaults: 1
Car thefts: 0
Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance
Average Net Price By Income
Tuition, room and board (2019-2020): $73,251
Total estimated cost of attendance (2019-2020): $78,654
$0 to $30,000: $13,419
$30,001 to $48,000: $7,429
$48,001 to $75,000: $10,690
$75,001 to $110,000: $17,142
$110,001 and more: $40,304
Graduates with student debt: 35.5%
Average student debt at graduation: $32,395
Undergraduate Class Sizes
Student to Faculty Ratio
Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 78%
20 to 39: 14%
40 to 99: 6%
In State: 30%
Out of State: 60%