Northwestern University

Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a private research university situated in Evanston, Illinois and downtown Chicago. The main campus of Northwestern University comprises 240 acres of land in Evanston along the shores of Lake Michigan. Most of Northwestern University's professional schools are located in the neighborhood of downtown Chicago. They are the following:

  • Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Kellogg School of Management (parts)
  • School of Law

The athletics teams of NU are nicknamed the Wildcats. Northwestern University has a number of intercollegiate athletics teams. It also consists of a number of club sports. The sports sponsored by NU include baseball, basketball, fencing, football, wrestling, soccer and softball. Among the distinguished alumni of Northwestern University are U.S. Senator and presidential candidate George McGovern, Nobel Prize-winning economist George J. Stigler, and Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow.

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Northwestern University
633 Clark St
Evanston , IL 60208
General Phone: (312) 491-3741

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Northwestern University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,472business, business management, operations management, non-profit management, electronic commerce, transportation management, business administration, accounting technology, accounting and related services, ...
Liberal Arts725American studies, Asian studies, European studies, area studies, African-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, comparative literature, East Asian language and literature, ...
Media701communication studies, media studies, journalism, radio and television, digital communications, media and digital communications, communication and journalism
Engineering567engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, engineering science, environmental engineering, materials engineering, ...
Law499legal studies, law, advanced legal research, foreign lawyers, tax law, legal research, legal professions
Therapy and Counseling329psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, community psychology, counseling psychology, psychology courses, communication disorders, marriage and family therapy, genetic counseling, ...
Science301biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, botany and plant biology, anatomical sciences, neurobiology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, ecology, biological and physical sciences, ...
Medicine233neuroscience, dental clinical sciences, pre-med, medical preparatory, medicine, medical scientist, public health
Music183music, music performance, music theory and composition, musicology, conducting, piano, voice, jazz, violin, guitar, and strings, ...
Education and Teaching151education, educational administration, social foundations of education, education of learning disabled, secondary teaching, music teaching, education courses
Drama and Performing Arts138dance, drama, playwriting and screenwriting, theater history and criticism
Medical Support and Technology102audiology, speech pathology, audiology and speech pathology, orthotist/prosthetist
Family and Social Work97human development and family studies, community organization, public administration, public policy analysis
Computer Science and Engineering91computer and info science, information science, computer science, computer support, computer engineering
Mathematics78mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Religion and Philosophy39philosophy, religion, religious music
Medical Administration35health care administration, health and medical administrative, medical informatics
Engineering Technician20mechanical engineering tech, engineering technician
Art Studies15visual and performing arts, art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy14sports and fitness management
Fine Arts13art history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental studies, environmental science
Real Estate and Construction Management2real estate
Science and Laboratory Technician1science tech

Number of programs and degrees for Northwestern University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,03795
Doctor's degree43870
Master's degree2,805114
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years159
First-professional degree4382
Post-master's certificate796

Northwestern University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Northwestern University had a total enrollment of 19,005 students (15,450 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 44%
Graduate 47%
First Professional 9%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 48%
Black 5%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 11%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 19%
(Foreign Students) 13%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 20%
20-21 20%
22-24 14%
25-29 25%
30-34 11%
35-39 4%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Northwestern University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 96 %
Part-Time 50 %

Northwestern University Room and Board (2007)

Northwestern University offers campus housing for 5,972 of its 15,450 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Evanston, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Northwestern University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal670750
SAT Math680770
SAT Writing660750
ACT Verbal3035
ACT Math2934
ACT Composite3034

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT80%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT56%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Northwestern University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,125
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,125
Room and board $ 11,295
Room charge $ 6,423
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,872
Books and supplies $ 1,626
Other expenses $ 2,074

Financial Aid:
Northwestern University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 173900)

Northwestern University Faculty

Northwestern University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track226116
Non-tenured and not on tenure track458427

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year414$163,923104$153,172
Associate professoracademic year155$105,44782$105,075
Assistant professoracademic year158$101,651114$82,149
Lectureracademic year99$68,364152$55,320
No academic rankacademic year9$53,4447$46,692
All faculty totalacademic year835$128,764459$92,912

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Northwestern University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big Ten Conference
Basketball Big Ten Conference
Baseball Big Ten Conference
Track Big Ten Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports78140218

Northwestern University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Labor and Industrial Relations
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Operations Management and Supervision
Organizational Behavior Studies
Transportation/Transportation Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Music Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, Gen (LLM, MCL, MLI, MSL, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
Legal Studies, General
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)
Tax Law/Taxation (LLM, JSD/SJD)

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Anthropology, Other
Area Studies, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Economics, General
English Composition
English Language and Literature, General
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Radio and Television
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

Medical Administration
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Medical Informatics

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Dental Clinical Sciences, General (MS, PhD)
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)
Medicine (MD)
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Jazz/Jazz Studies
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Piano and Organ
Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
Voice and Opera

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music

Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other
Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology, Other
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Neurobiology and Neurophysiology
Physics, General
Science, Technology and Society

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Communication Disorders, General
Community Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Genetic Counseling/Counselor
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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