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Northwestern University is a private institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,600, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 231 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Northwestern University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 12. Its tuition and fees are $45,527 (2013-14).
What began as farmland and swampland in the 1850s became the Northwestern campus and the city of Evanston, Ill. Northwestern University is a Division I school in the Big Ten athletic conference. Northwestern's women's lacrosse team has won multiple NCAA national championships. The school has hundreds of campus organizations fulfill students' varied interests. Freshmen are guaranteed on-campus housing if requested in their applications. The school's 11 residential colleges offer thematic living quarters for social and academic programming. Northwestern's main campuses are located along Lake Michigan in Evanston and Chicago. In 2008, Northwestern opened a third branch in Doha, Qatar.
Of Northwestern’s dozen schools, nine offer undergraduate programs and 10 offer graduate and professional programs. Northwestern’s highly-ranked graduate schools include the Kellogg School of Management, the School of Education and Social Policy, the School of Law, the Feinberg School of Medicine, the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Interdepartmental Biological Sciences Program. Northwestern’s Medill School is known for its strong journalism graduate program. Northwestern’s Dance Marathon, created in 1975, is one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the country and has raised more than $14 million for Chicago-area charities. Notable alumni include the 55th mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel; retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens; actor, writer and director Zach Braff; comedian Stephen Colbert; and Tony Award-winning actress Heather Headley.
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Northwestern University offers unusual flexibility combined with a wide choice of academic concentrations. In addition to over seventy established majors, students can choose or design non-traditional combinations. A broad range of field experiences, internships, and programs combining work and study are part of the education for a large percentage of the students. Because Chicago is only thirty minutes away, students have the cultural advantage of the music, theatre, museums, sports, and entertainment of a world-class city to enrich their undergraduate experience.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Northwestern University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Northwestern University is $65. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 15.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||15.3%|
|Application deadline||January 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 15|
The student-faculty ratio at Northwestern University is 7:1, and the school has 74.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Northwestern University include: Economics, General; Journalism; Psychology, General; Political Science and Government, General; and Speech Communication and Rhetoric. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96.5 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||86%|
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Northwestern University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,600, with a gender distribution of 48.9 percent male students and 51.1 percent female students. At this school, 65 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 35 percent of students live off campus. Northwestern University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Northwestern University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Northwestern University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Northwestern University.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Northwestern University, 47.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $33,312.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$45,527 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$13,862 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data