background image

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.

9.0%

Acceptance Rate

1440 - 1550

Average SAT Score

32 - 35

Average ACT Score

3.7 - 4.0

GPA Aim (top of class)

background image

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: 9.0%
Northwestern

Northwestern by the numbers

What is Northwestern's QS World University Ranking?

#31

What is Northwestern's US News Ranking?

#9

How many undergraduate fields of study does Northwestern have?

90

What is Northwestern's Student-Faculty Ratio?

6:1

What percentage of Northwestern students are international students?

17.1%

What percentage of Northwestern students live on campus?

60%

What is the median starting salary of Northwestern graduates?

53,000 USD

How many varsity sports teams are there at Northwestern?

19

How hard is it to get into Northwestern?

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

background image

Check Out Our Videos

Slide 1 of 3
  • Big Questions Ep. 10: Northwestern @ Dillo Day
  • A Day in the Life: Northwestern Student
  • Northwestern Solar Car Team: Hands-On Engineering
background image

The 6 most popular majors

Virtual tour of Northwestern University

background image

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.

Notable alumni graphic
background image

Crimson blog

Explore more information about US university admission news, test prep, extracurriculars, essays and interviews, and campus life from around the world to make your dream BIG!

Our blog
background image

Find the US College that best suits you!

Use Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator to generate a list of recommended colleges that are the best fit for you.

You may also like these schools: