Northwestern University Profile

Northwestern University, founded in 1851, is a private, comprehensive university. It offers unusual flexibility combined with a wide choice of academic concentrations. Programs are offered through the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; the Schools of Education and Social Policy, Law, Music, and Speech; the Graduate School; the Kellogg Graduate School of Management; the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; the Medical School; and the Medill School of Journalism. In addition to over 70 established majors, students can choose or design nontraditional combinations. In addition, a broad range of field experiences, internships and programs combining work and study are part of the academic program of a large percentage of the students. Because Chicago is only 30 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. Its 250-acre campus is located in Evanston, 12 miles north of Chicago.

Entrance Difficulty: Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 26% of 25,013 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: No
Early Decision Offered: Yes
Regular Admission Deadline: January 1
Factors Considered for Selection of Students
Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Very Important
Essay: Very Important
Extracurricular Activities: Important
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA: Not reported
SAT Math: 690-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading:  670-750 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 670-750 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 30-33 range of middle 50%

Cost of Attendance: $56,382
Tuition and Fees: $40,223
Room and Board: $12,240
Average Percent of Need Met: 100%
Average Freshman Award: $30,424
Average Indebtedness of 2009 Graduates: $20,802

Academic Calendar System: Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum: Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 1,027
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 40% of classes
10-19 students: 35% of classes
20-29 students: 11% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-59 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts
Web Site:  Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process
Application Deadline: February 1
Award Notification: On or about April 15
Methodology for Awarding: Institutional Aid Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 001739: Free

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