Northwestern University

country rank  36
world rank  40

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University Overview

Established in 1851, Northwestern University is a non-profit private higher-education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Evanston (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Illinois. This institution also has branch campuses in the following locations: Chicago, Doha, Washington DC, San Francisco. Officially accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Northwestern University (NU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution. Northwestern University (NU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 172 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 0-10% making this US higher education organization a most selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. NU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Acronym NU
Founded 1851
Motto Quaecumque Sunt Vera
Whatsoever things are true (Philippians 4:8 AV)
Colours Purple and white

University Location

Address 633 Clark Street
60208 Illinois
United States
Tel +1 (847) 491 3741
Fax +1 (847) 467 2331
Other locations Chicago, Doha, Washington DC, San Francisco

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is required
- Recommendations are required
- Formal demonstration of competencies is neither required nor recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 0-10%
Admission Office 1801 Hinman Avenue
Evanston 60208
(847) 491 7271

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 25,000-29,999
Academic Staff 3,000-3,499
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Quarters
Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation None

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
2000 Classification Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive
Size & Setting Four-year, large, primarily residential institution
Enrollment Profile Majority graduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Arts & sciences plus professions, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Balanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Northwestern University's Library
Northwestern University's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 2,546,344 physical volumes, 373,705 physical media, 183,388 digital/electronic medium and 960 licensed digital/electronic databases. Northwestern University's library has 2 branches.
Housing Yes
Northwestern University provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 3,977 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Institutional Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
  • Council for Education for Public Health
  • National Commission on Orthotics and Prosthetics Education
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Board of Genetic Counseling
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
  • The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • American Chemical Society

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • 568 Group
  • Association of American Universities (AAU)
  • Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA)
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Academic Structure


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Online Courses

Open Education Global

Not reported

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