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Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

About Northwestern University

Northwestern is one of the country’s leading private research and teaching universities. It has two campuses located on Lake Michigan: the 240-acre main campus in Evanston, about 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. The 4-year, medium-sized institution offers certificate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on a mostly residential campus.

A Brief History
A brief history

Upon opening for business in 1855, Northwestern University had only two academic staff and 10 students. It owes its existence to nine founders determined to create a university for the vast Northwest.

General info
General information

Northwestern’s 12 colleges and schools are some of the most respected across the nation, including the Bienen School of Music, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Communication.


Acceptance Rate

1440 - 1550

Average SAT Score

32 - 35

Average ACT Score

3.7 - 4.0

GPA Aim (top of class)
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Quick facts about Northwestern

  • Undergrad degree: 4 year liberal arts
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Setting: Small City Suburban
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 8,327 (approx)
  • Number of Freshman: 2,006 (approx)
  • Acceptance Rate: 6.8%

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53,000 USD

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How hard is it to get into Northwestern?

Very! Northwestern’s acceptance rate is around 9%.

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Notable alumni

The Northwestern Alumni Association fosters a mutually beneficial relationship between and among Northwestern University and its alumni through meaningful, diverse engagement opportunities worldwide. Among their graduates are 11 Nobel laureates, 38 pulitzer prize winners and a head of state. Notable alumni include Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, actor David Schwimmer, comedian Stephen Colbert and supermodel Cindy Crawford.

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