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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.

Profile of Northwestern University

The campus of Northwestern University is in Evanston, IL, which is a small city. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at Northwestern University include, at the school's highest level, the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The range of program offerings available from Northwestern University is especially impressive compared to its number of students. The school is known for its programs in music, media, drama and performing arts, and business and management.

Northwestern University Selectivity

Admission at Northwestern University is selective, not open to all who apply. Getting into the school is challenging; it only admitted 30% of those who applied in 2007. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 650. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 670 and 760. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


Northwestern University maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Northwestern University is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 19, 005 students enrolled (17, 026 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Northwestern University. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Northwestern University offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Big Ten Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Northwestern University is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research, and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community. "

Northwestern University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management1, 404business management, finance, business administration, management science, entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting and related services, international business, . . .
Liberal Arts808economics, political science, history, English, sociology, anthropology, creative writing, French language, . . .
Media731journalism, communication studies, communication and journalism, radio and television, media studies, digital communications, media and digital communications
Engineering579biomedical engineering, industrial engineering, engineering management, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering, chemical engineering, various engineering courses, . . .
Law445law, foreign lawyers, tax law, legal professions, legal studies, advanced legal research
Therapy and Counselling328psychology, physical therapy, psychology courses, Counselling psychology, communication disorders, marriage and family therapy, genetic Counselling, cognitive psychology, . . .
Science285biology, chemistry, anatomical sciences, biological and physical sciences, biotechnology, astronomy and astrophysics, physics, geology, . . .
Medicine224medicine, neuroscience, medical preparatory, public health, medical scientist, dental clinical sciences, pre-med
Music184music performance, voice, violin, guitar, and strings, piano, music, music theory and composition, conducting, jazz, . . .
Drama and Performing Arts136drama, dance, theater history and criticism, playwriting and screenwriting
Education and Teaching133social foundations of education, music teaching, education courses, education of learning disabled, secondary teaching, educational administration, Education
Computer Science and Engineering97information science, computer science, computer engineering, computer and info science, computer support
Family and Social Work97public policy analysis, community organization, human development and family studies
Mathematics65mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Medical Support and Technology46speech pathology, audiology and speech pathology, audiology, orthotist/prosthetist
Religion and Philosophy40philosophy, religion, religious music
Art Studies19art studies, visual and performing arts
Fine Arts19art history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management13environmental science, environmental studies
Engineering Technician13engineering technician
Medical administration8health care administration, health and medical administrative, medical informatics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy6sports and fitness management
Real Estate and Construction Management1real estate
Science and Laboratory Technician0science tech

Contact: Northwestern University

Northwestern University

633 Clark St

Evanston, IL 60208

General Phone: (312) 491-3741


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