#15 Best Colleges in America

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

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Student Population
Northwestern University overview
Location Evanston, Illinois
Online northwestern.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Northwestern University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University is a large four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 40,425 prospective students applied, and 3,422 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,931 enrolled in the school.  17,748 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 4,379 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2018/2019, excluding room and board, is $54,120 plus fees of $448. Northwestern is ranked 15 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



Northwestern is rated within the top 3% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


Rankings for Northwestern University within the 2020 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Admission Standards
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SAT 1430/1550
ACT 33/35
GPA 3.92
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due Jan 1, 2021
Applicant Competition Extreme

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for Northwestern University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,605
Other Fees$448
Room and Board $16,626
Budget for Other Expenses$1,850
Total One Year Cost$74,649

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$89,800 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
94% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Northwestern University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 25%
Communication 14%
Engineering 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%
Psychology 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147767 IPEDS survey data for Northwestern University.

Current students may use the Northwestern University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.