Northwestern University

1,212 reviews
  1. Evanston, IL
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
Northwestern University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
Address
633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208

Northwestern University Rankings

Niche ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
13%
SAT Range
1390-1560
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$28,667/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,700/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,982/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,290/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,038/ year
  • $110k+
    $43,125/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.62 responses
77%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.64 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.64 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,398Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Busy
    54%
  • Stressed
    21%
  • Engaged
    17%
  • Depressed
    4%
  • Pressured
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
46%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.70 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.98 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Great academic environment
    46%
  • Busy
    31%
  • Stressful
    23%

After Northwestern University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$64,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses

Reviews

1,212 reviews
  • Excellent
    142
  • Very Good
    494
  • Average
    485
  • Poor
    71
  • Terrible
    20
The school is definitely measured up to academic standards and has stellar staff and curriculum; however, the environment is highly competitive not so much within the school itself but in terms of the expected extra-curricular contributions .
  • College Sophomore
  • 2 months ago
Northwestern is very professionally oriented, and can be sort of a bubble environment. When your there, its stressful and sometimes it's easy to forget the rest of the world and what it's like to interact with people who weren't top 5% of their class and involved in 15 school clubs. Overall though, I would choose Northwestern again, because I think it gives you the best of both worlds when choosing between top private schools and the atmosphere of a state school. The education is high quality, the location is great, the social life is decent if you make an effort, Greek life is active but different than at a state school, etc.
  • College Sophomore
  • 3 months ago
I had an awesome time at Miami. The professors/students/entire organization was amazing. It was a great culture and has prepared me well for full time employment.
  • College Sophomore
  • 4 months ago