Northwestern University is a comprehensive research university, established in 1851, that is deeply interdisciplinary across multiple schools and units. Our rigorous yet empathetic academic environment provides a robust mixture of theory and practice, with an emphasis on top-tier research, new knowledge, creative expression, and practical application. If you are at Northwestern, you are part of an innovative, collaborative and multidimensional community, delivering an impact that is rare in higher education.
The University awarded $209 million in scholarships to undergraduate students in 2020-2021
Student body demographics
Class of 2025
Asian American: 24.5%
Black or African American: 12%
Hispanic or Latino: 17%
Native American, Native Hawaiian or Indigenous: 1.8%
First-generation college students: 15%
$11 billionin total endowment
90 majors, plus 90 minors and certificates offered
70 percent of undergrads combine two+ areas of study
About 50 percent of students study abroad
95% of the Class of 2020 was employed, studying on a fellowship or attending graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.
7% acceptance rate
8,000+ undergraduate students
13,000+ graduate and professional students
6:1 student-to-faculty ratio
Arts and humanities
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences offers 35 programs across the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics
Northwestern was placed among Playbill's top 10 most represented universities on Broadway.
Bienen School alumni and faculty have won 10 Grammy Awards since 2015, and 21 students and alumni have earned top honors in 16 international competitions.
The Block Museum of Art was named one of the top 10 university museums nationally ("Raising the Cultural Bar on Campus," The New York Times).
Journalism and IMC
World renowned for Journalism and integrated marketing communications (IMC):
Undergraduates complete journalism residencies at more than 120 media outlets and companies in the U.S. and abroad.
Journalism graduate students choose to specialize in one of seven different topic areas or reporting formats.
IMC is a pioneer in blending creativity and data to build brands for the digital age.
Innovation and entrepreneurship
100+ innovation-based courses taught each year
$2.2 billion in revenue from patents and intellectual property licensing revenue
10 million+ patients impacted by Northwestern Therapeutics
Founding member of the Big Ten Conference
19 varsity programs (11 women's, 8 men's)
98% NCAA Graduation Success Rate ranks number 1 among Football Bowl Subdivision schoolsfor each of the last three years
One of five private AAU members/top research universities to compete in NCAA Power Five Conferences
2020 Big Ten West football champions and winner of four consecutive bowl games and six consecutive Land of Lincoln trophies
Seven NCAA women's lacrosse titles since 2005
Recent conference championships in basketball, soccer, field hockey, golf, tennis, wrestling, fencing, swimming and diving
Among Northwestern faculty and alumni are recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize, MacArthur Genius Grant, Tony Award, Grammy Award, Emmy Award, Academy Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, and membership in the National Academy and numerous other honorary and professional societies.
In addition, Northwestern is one of a handful of universities to appear on every "top producing" Fulbright U.S. Student Program list published by the Chronicle of Higher Education since 2005.