Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Northwestern are mainly White with a smaller Asian population. The school has high racial diversity. 50% percent of students are minorities or students of color. The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Northwestern University students
Race Percent of Students
White 50%
Black 6%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 17%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
International 8%
Race Unknown 2%

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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Very High

There are 0.8% more male students than female students enrolled at Northwestern University with a gender ratio of 50% men to 50% women. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Northwestern has a higher gender diversity than other US colleges and is very inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for Northwestern University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 50%
Women 50%
Enrollment by gender for Northwestern University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 11,108
Women 11,019

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

Northwestern serves a high number of out-of-state students with 74% of the student body residing outside of Illinois or from other countries.

Enrollment by geographic location for Northwestern University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 26%
Out of State 62%
Foreign 12%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$81,811 per year

18% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 4.5%
Part time Undergrads 4.2%

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

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