1. Education
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Northwestern University - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Northwestern University Campus

Northwestern University Campus

Adam Solomon / Flickr

Northwestern University Description:

Northwestern University is a large, competitive, private university located on a 240-acre campus in Evanston, Illinois, a suburban community just north of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan. Northwestern has a rare balance of exceptional academics and athletics. It is the only private university in the Big Ten athletic conference. For its strengths in research and instruction, Northwestern earned membership in the Association of American Universities. For its strong liberal arts and sciences, the university was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Be sure to compare the Big Ten schools.

Admissions (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 21,215 (9,376 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Scholarships for Northwestern (powered by Cappex.com)

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $43,779
  • Books: $1,842 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,329
  • Other Expenses: $1,890
  • Total Cost: $60,840

Northwestern Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 64%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 55%
    • Loans: 36%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $29,961
    • Loans: $6,084

Most Popular Majors at Northwestern University:

Biology, Communications Studies, Economics, History, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Theatre

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 86%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 93%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

NOrthwestern and the Common Application

Northwestern University uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

Northwestern University Mission Statement:

Northwestern is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research, and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community.

from http://www.northwestern.edu/provost/

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.