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Located in Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

168 Undergraduate Degrees
184 Graduate Degrees
$56,529 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
9% Acceptance Rate

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Northwestern University Rankings

We have ranked Northwestern as #32 out of 758 colleges and universities in the country in our 2023 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 23 colleges in Illinois, it is ranked at #2.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Northwestern has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Best Computer Science Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Northwestern.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Most Popular Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Northwestern has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Information Science Schools College Factual
#2 Best General Information Science Schools College Factual
#10 Best Schools Course Advisor
#21 Best Computer Science Schools College Factual
#24 Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools College Factual
#31 Best Computer Information Systems Schools College Factual

Where Is Northwestern University?


Contact details for Northwestern are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: 847-491-3741

How Do I Get Into Northwestern?

You can apply to Northwestern online at:

Admission Requirements for Northwestern

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Northwestern?

9% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
58% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Northwestern is 9%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 9%, and the acceptance rate for women is 10%.

Average Test Scores

About 58% of students accepted to Northwestern submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 700 and 760. Math scores were between 730 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northwestern University  ( 700 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Northwestern University  ( 730 to 790 )
Northwestern received ACT scores from 55% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 34 and 36. Math scores were between 31 and 35. Composite scores were between 33 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Northwestern University  ( 34 to 36 )
ACT Math Scores for Northwestern University  ( 31 to 35 )
ACT Composite Scores for Northwestern University  ( 33 to 35 )

Can I Afford Northwestern University?

$56,529 Net Price
23% Take Out Loans
0.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Northwestern is $56,529. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Northwestern, approximately 23% of students took out student loans averaging $5,696 a year. That adds up to $22,784 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Northwestern is 0.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Northwestern University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,095 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,559 undergraduate students at Northwestern, with 8,095 being full-time and 464 being part-time.


There are also 14,044 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,095 full-time undergraduates at Northwestern, 48% are male and 52% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northwestern University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,581
Black or African American 485
Hispanic or Latino 1,050
White 3,332
International Students 823
Other Races/Ethnicities 824

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Northwestern University. At this time, 48 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 116 countries are represented at Northwestern. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Northwestern University

329 Took All Classes Online
329 Took At Least One Class Online
-28.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 329 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Northwestern has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of Northwestern

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northwestern University was -28.5%. This is the #1,487 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Northwestern regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Northwestern ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Northwestern.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Information Science #126
General Information Science #126

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Northwestern University Computer Science Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 107 0 106 14 227
General Information Science 58 2 40 0 100
Artificial Intelligence 0 0 22 0 22
General Computer & Information Sciences 3 0 0 0 3
Other Computer & Information Sciences & Support Services, Other 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 168 2 168 14 352


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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