Northwestern University is located 12 miles north of downtown Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan in the urban college town of Evanston, Illinois. The diverse undergraduate population comprises around 8500 students from over 70 countries.

Northwestern is located in Evanston, Illinois, on a lakeside campus 5 kilometers from Chicago, one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

With a population of 8,000 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate students, Northwestern puts a strong emphasis on undergraduate teaching: our student-to-faculty ratio is 6:1, and 80% of courses enroll under 20 students. Our students come from 80+ countries and bring remarkably diverse ideas and backgrounds to campus.

Northwestern’s 6 undergraduate schools offer 190+ programs of study in arts and sciences, engineering, communication, journalism, education and social policy, and music. Our quarter system allows students to graduate with 10-12 more courses than a semester system, enabling interdisciplinary exploration and multiple academic concentrations. Almost 75% of students combine two or more areas of study.

Cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship centers and internships across industries foster professional experience, leadership, and personal growth.

Basic details

  • Region: Midwest
  • Location: Evanston, Illinois
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Private

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 8.4% (Class of 2022)
  • Average ACT range: Admitted students middle 50% scores composite: 32-35
  • Average SAT range: combined Critical Reading and Math: 1440-1550
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Anthropology; Area Studies; Art History; Arts; Astronomy; Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Chemistry; Communications; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; Engineering; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Genetics; Geography; Geology; History; Humanities; Information Sciences/Systems; International Relations; Journalism; Languages; Linguistics; Literature; Marketing; Mathematics; Music; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Policy; Public Relations/Affairs; Sociology; Theology/Religion; Urban Studies
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  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $73,710
  • Additional financial aid information: Need-aware admission policy for international citizens; meet full demonstrated financial need for all admitted students with loan-free aid packages


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Women's Basketball; Men's Basketball; Women's Cross Country; Women's Fencing; Women's Field Hockey; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Women's Lacrosse; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball; Men's Wrestling

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