Our Students and Alumni

Students

Northwestern recruits students of demonstrated academic achievement from diverse social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. More than 90 percent of undergraduate applicants rank in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, and Northwestern’s National Merit Scholar enrollment rate has recently ranked among the nation’s highest.

Full-Time Enrollment by School (Fall 2013)

School Undergraduate Graduate/Professional Non-degree Total*
Weinberg  4,176 --- 20 4,196
Communication 1,096 122 --- 1,218
Education and Social Policy 405 84 1 490
Feinberg ** --- 1,091 --- 1,091
McCormick 1,623 200 --- 1,823
Medill 677 354 --- 1,031
Law --- 971 5 976
Kellogg --- 1,763 48 1,811
Bienen 372 220 --- 592
Graduate School --- 3,674 1 3,387
School of Professional Studies 110 1243 113 1,582
NU-Q 157 --- --- 157
Total* 17,229*

*Total reflects number of individual students; some students are enrolled in more than one school. In addition to the full-time enrollment numbers, Northwestern University has 4,524 part-time students, bringing the total enrollment to 21,753.

**Includes Orthotics/Prosthetics/Physical Therapy programs.

Degrees Conferred, 2012-13
Certificate/Diploma 446
Bachelor's 2,190
Master's 3,272
Doctorate 565
First Professional 444
Total 6,918
Graduation Rate
Percent who graduate in four years 86
Percent who graduate in five years. Northwestern offers several five-year programs. 92

Alumni

Northwestern's approximately 200,000 alumni include leaders in business, education, government, law, medicine, media, performing arts, science and technology.

Prominent alumni include:

  • Alicia Boler Davis, vice president of global quality and U.S. customer experience, General Motors Co.
  • Zach Braff, actor, writer, and director
  • Stephen Colbert, TV comedian
  • Luke Donald, professional golfer
  • Rahm Emanuel, mayor, City of Chicago
  • Gillian Flynn, best-selling author
  • Joe Girardi, manager, New York Yankees
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Emmy award-winning actress
  • Garry Marshall, producer, writer, and director
  • Seth Meyers, host of NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers
  • Kelly O'Donnell, NBC News correspondent
  • Virginia M Rometty, president and CEO, IBM
  • David Skorton, president, Cornell University
  • John Paul Stevens, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • Gwynne Shotwell, president, SpaceX
  • Margaret Sullivan, public editor, New York Times
  • Manuel Valdes, president, Frontera Foods
  • Michael Wilbon, ESPN commentator
  • Andrew Youn, co-founder, One Acre Fund
  • Mary Zimmerman, Northwestern professor and Tony Award-winning theater director