Northwestern University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Quarter

State: Illinois


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.

Most Popular Majors

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

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 19291
Total Grad Students: 9756
Undergraduate Students: 9535
Faculty: 2105

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 9:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 5:1

Percent Male: 48%
Percent Female: 52%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 86%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 94%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

633 Clark St
Evanston Illinois 60208


Main Email:

Main Phone: 312-491-3741

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Transfer Admission
Contact, Office of Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:
Transfer Services
Contact, Office of Admissions

International Admissions Contact:
Ravi Shankar
Director of International Office, International Office

Athletics Contact:
Jim Phillips
Director of Athletics, Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used? Yes

High School Transcript Required? No

Minimum GPA for Applying:
A minimum college grade point average of 3.00 is required of transfer applicants.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
The lowest grade earned for any course that may be transferred for credit is a C or higher.

Credits (Min/Max):
A transfer applicant must have a minimum number of semester hours/36 quarter hours completed or else must apply as an entering freshman. Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a two-year and four-year institution is 60.

Test Scores for Applying:
Standardized test scores are required for admission consideration.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) is required for admission consideration.

Essay(s) required:
An essay or personal statement is required for admission consideration.

Application Fee:
Application fee of $65

Other Requirements:

Fall Deadline:
May 1 - Rolling Admission

Spring Deadline:
February 1 - Rolling Admission

Summer Deadline:
May 1 - Rolling Admission

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 942

Transfers Accepted: 313

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 33%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: %

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 33%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1797

Other Expenses: 2269

Room and Board: 12780

Tuition and Fees: 41983

Total Cost: 58829

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
NU offers financial assistance to its students on the basis of need and not on the basis of merit. We are among a small group of private institutions that continue to meet the full demonstrated institutional financial need of our aid applicants.

CSS/Profile Used? Yes

Own Financial Aid Form? No

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5978

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 58%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 50%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 42%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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