Northwestern University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Northwestern University
Northwestern University. Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Northwestern University Admissions Overview:

Northwestern University has competitive admissions, with an acceptance rate of just 11 percent in 2016. Students will need strong grades and test scores to be considered for admission. To apply, prospective students will need to submit an application including SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts, essays, and letters of recommendation. Be sure to visit Northwestern's website or get in touch with the admissions office if you have any questions.

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Admissions (2016):

Northwestern University Description:

Northwestern University is a large, competitive, private university located on a 240-acre campus in Evanston, Illinois, a suburban community just north of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan. Northwestern has a rare balance of exceptional academics and athletics. It is the only private university in the Big Ten athletic conference. Popular posrts inlcude basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, swimming, volleyball, and track and field. For its strengths in research and instruction, Northwestern earned membership in the Association of American Universities. For its strong liberal arts and sciences, the university was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Academics are backed up by an impressive 7 to 1 student to faculty ratio. Be sure to compare the Big Ten schools.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 21,823 (8,791 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50 percent male / 50 percent female
  • 94% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,855
  • Books: $1,620 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,489
  • Other Expenses: $2,532
  • Total Cost: $70,496

Northwestern Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 62 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 55 percent
    • Loans: 26 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $38,593
    • Loans: $6,311

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 84 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 94 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Swimming and Diving, Wrestling, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Fencing, Field Hockey, Swimming and Diving, Softball, Soccer, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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