Northwestern University

1,229 reviews
  1. Evanston, IL
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C+
  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 rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.82 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.84 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.84 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 39 responses
Report
  • Busy
    44%
  • Stressed
    26%
  • Engaged
    23%
  • Approachable
    3%
  • Depressed
    3%
  • Pressured
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.86 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.116 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Great academic environment
    35%
  • Stressful
    32%
  • Busy
    26%
  • Boring
    3%
  • Career Oriented
    3%

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%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses

Reviews

1,229 reviews
  • Excellent
    148
  • Very Good
    502
  • Average
    487
  • Poor
    72
  • Terrible
    20
Northwestern University student life is impeccable. For one, there is a large greek life, around 60% are participants and they always have fun active ways to get students involved and charitable on campus. Additionally, there are over 200 students groups/clubs that students can get involved in and each quarter, we host an activities fair where students can sign up for events or clubs they are interested in. Furthermore, Northwestern is just in the heart of Evanston where there is petite bakeries, distinguished department stores, and of course, up scale bars and restaurants. With three big gym facilities, students can incessantly find ways to stay in shape with fitness classes, get a massage, play a sport or simply have fun chilling at the beach just outside our biggest gym. There are 2 studnt beaches bordering the east side of campus which makes for a great way to get out in the sun and get a good swim. Our campus student center, Norris, also houses all the student organizations, boasts of prestigious food, a whole floor just for all types of games, ice-skating rink in the winter, concerts, plays, and theatre performances. At Northwestern, you can always find something to do that will keep your spirits high and leave you stress-free!
  • College Senior
  • Apr 16 2013
Evanston is a great college town. There are so many fantastic restaurants within walking distance, and some even have student discounts. There is a nearby movie theater, public library, Whole Foods and CVS, and an easy, accessible, transit system- the Evanston loop. There are great options for off-campus living, and Chicago is just 40 minutes away! Most businesses will be happy to sponsor student-run philanthropies. However, conflict arises when it comes to apartment living. Noise complaints are filed very often and the Brothel Law (no more than 3 unrelated tenants in an apartment) caused quite a stir among students.
  • College Sophomore
  • Apr 27 2012
Cognitive Science Major – I love this major! First of all, our professors are top notch. My intro class was taught by none other than Dedre Gentner, right now a prominent researcher in analogical reasoning. She coined a lot of key theories in the subject. The workload is manageable, but you definitely need to put in some effort to get an A. This major is very interesting. It's a mix of psychology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, anthropology, and philosophy; it's definitely a great mix! In addition, it is very easy to get involved with the cognitive science research on campus. The professors are eager to work with enthusiastic students, and it is even possible to be published with a professor during your freshman year! In my opinion, if you think you're interested in this major, sit through a class or look through the major requirements. It'll definitely pique your interest!
  • College Sophomore
  • July 17 2011