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Northwestern University Overview

Northwestern University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Evanston, Illinois. The city atmosphere of Evanston makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Northwestern University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$56,529 Avg Cost After Aid
7% Acceptance Rate
  • Northwestern has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 6 to 1.
  • The 0% student loan default rate at Northwestern is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Northwestern.
  • In <nil>, 82% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Northwestern makes roughly $85,796 a year. This is 110% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average Northwestern student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Where Is Northwestern University?


Contact details for Northwestern are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: 847-491-3741

How Do I Get Into Northwestern?

You can apply to Northwestern online at:

Admission Requirements for Northwestern

Submission Required?
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Northwestern?

7% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
43% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 7%, Northwestern is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 7%, and the acceptance rate for women is 7%.

Average Test Scores

About 43% of students accepted to Northwestern submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 720 and 770. Math scores were between 750 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northwestern University  ( 720 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for Northwestern University  ( 750 to 800 )
Northwestern received ACT scores from 39% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 35 and 36. Math scores were between 32 and 35. Composite scores were between 34 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Northwestern University  ( 35 to 36 )
ACT Math Scores for Northwestern University  ( 32 to 35 )
ACT Composite Scores for Northwestern University  ( 34 to 35 )

Can I Afford Northwestern University?

$56,529 Net Price
23% Take Out Loans
0.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Northwestern is $56,529. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Northwestern, approximately 23% of students took out student loans averaging $7,393 a year. That adds up to $29,572 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Northwestern is 0.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Northwestern University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,438 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,847 undergraduate students at Northwestern, with 8,438 being full-time and 409 being part-time.


There are also 14,562 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,438 full-time undergraduates at Northwestern, 47% are male and 53% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northwestern University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,720
Black or African American 514
Hispanic or Latino 1,169
White 3,325
International Students 870
Other Races/Ethnicities 840

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Northwestern University. At this time, 48 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 116 countries are represented at Northwestern. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Northwestern University

1,740 Took All Classes Online
1,740 Took At Least One Class Online
-28.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 1,740 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Northwestern has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 4th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of Northwestern

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northwestern University was -28.5%. This is the #2,081 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Northwestern regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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