Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
4-year Private university


Northwestern University is a private institution established in 1851 with suburban setting located at Evanston. It is ranked 9th in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $65,997(2024). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,659. It practices quarter-based academic calendar.

#9 in National Universities
Location Evanston, Illinois
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1851
Selectivity Very High
Size Medium
8,659 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social Sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
  • History
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $54,567
Outstate Tuition Fee $54,567
Room and Board Fees $20,334
$66,776 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


7% (Very High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
$75 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
-- Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition, QuestBridge

For International Students

95 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$63,954 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$60,889 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $87,750
45% Students with need received Financial Aid
100% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application March 5
Forms to be submitted FAFSA, CSS

Merit Scholarships

Founders Scholarship
Total Worth Varies
Eligibility Freshmen from middle income families
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
Karr Achievement Scholarship
Total Worth $2,500 annually
Eligibility All freshmen
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance Maintain satisfactory academic progress
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Northwestern Endowed Scholarships
Total Worth --
Details Funds awarded through endowed scholarships replace the amount of any NU grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis based on fund restrictions.
Scholarships are awarded to students who meet the criteria specific to each fund.
Chicago Star Scholarship
Total Worth --
Details Students admitted who have completed a portion of their studies at City Colleges of Chicago and transfer to Northwestern to complete their first bachelor's degree. Award amount is based on a student's demonstrated need (in accordance with Northwestern's need-based financial aid policies.)


8,659 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Medium
98% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
87% Students graduate within 6 years