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Northwestern, at a glance.

The Northwestern Difference

Northwestern is a comprehensive research university 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. View our fact sheet as a downloadable PDF.

Arts and Humanities

  • 35 Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences 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.
  • Since 2015, Bienen School alumni and faculty have earned nine Grammy Awards, and 18 of
    our students and alumni have earned top honors in 14 international competitions.
  • The Block Museum of Art was named one of the top 10 university museums nationally
    (“Raising the Cultural Bar on Campuses," The New York Times ).

Journalism and Integrated Marketing Communications

World renowned for Journalism and Integrated Marketing Communications:

  • Undergraduates complete journalism residencies at over120+ media outlets and companies in the US 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.

Research

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Northwestern is a leading research university that is home to more than 90 school-based centers and more than 50 University research centers. With an interdisciplinary culture, our research spans a spectrum of areas including neuroscience, nanotechnology, biotechnology and drug discovery. 

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$798.3M in sponsored research awards FY19

13.6% increase over 2018

$351M in NIH funding FY19

91.5% increase over the past 10 years

#15 in NIH awards for top AAU universities

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • 100+ innovation-based courses taught each year
  • $2.2 billion in revenue from patents and intellectual property licensing revenue
  • 10 million+ patents impacted by Northwestern therapeutics

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Academics

8.5%acceptance rate

Academic Overview

  • 72% of undergrads combine two or more areas of study
  • About 50% of students supplement their academic program with study abroad
  • 95% of 2018 undergrads were employed, studying on a fellowship, or attending graduate or professional school within six months of graduation
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In 2019, Northwestern students came from 75+ countries

8,000+undergraduate students
13,000+graduate students

6:1student to faculty ratio

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Campuses

Pell Grants and Financial Aid Percentages

20%of class of 2023 receives Pell Grants
61%of undergraduates receive financial aid (FY18)

Scholarships

Undergraduates
The University awarded $190 million in scholarships to undergraduate students in 2018-19.

Fulbright Scholars
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.

Award-Winning Community

Among 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.

$11 billionin total endowment

Northwestern Medicine Hospital Affiliates

#10
Hospital (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
#1
Rehabilitation Hospital (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab)
#2
In Cardiology and Heart Surgery (Lurie Children's Hospital)
Rankings from US News 2020
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Athletics

  • Founding member of the Big Ten conference
  • 2018 Big Ten West football champions and winners of three consecutive bowl games
  • Seven NCAA women's lacrosse titles since 2005
  • Recent conference championships in soccer, field hockey, golf, tennis, wrestling, swimming, and diving
  • 98% NCAA Graduation Success Rate ranks No. 1 among Football Bowl Subdivision schools
  • 1 of 5 private AAU members/top research universities to compete in NCAA Power Five conferences

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Notable Alumni Include:

  • Stephen Colbert
  • Gillian Flynn
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Meghan Markle
  • George R.R. Martin
  • Seth Meyers
  • J.B. Pritzker
  • Virginia Rometty
  • Patrick G. Ryan
  • Gwynne Shotwell
  • John Paul Stephens
  • Michael Wilbon
  • Andrew Youn
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