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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 (IMC):

  • 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.
  • The IMC program at Northwestern is a pioneer in blending creativity and data to build brands for the digital age.


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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. 


$886M in annual sponsored research awards FY20

11% increase over 2019

$388M in NIH funding FY20

110.2% increase over the past 10 years

#15 in total 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+ patients impacted by Northwestern therapeutics

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9%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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Our Students

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

6:1student to faculty ratio

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Pell Grants and Financial Aid Percentages

20%of class of 2024 receives Pell Grants
64%of undergraduates receive financial aid (FY20)


Northwestern awarded $207 million in scholarships to students in 2020–21.

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.

Learn about award-winning faculty on the Faculty Accolades website.

$11 billionin total endowment

Northwestern Medicine Hospital Affiliates

Hospital (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Rehabilitation Hospital (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab)
In Cardiology and Heart Surgery (Lurie Children's Hospital)
Rankings from US News 2020
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  • Founding member of the Big Ten conference
  • 2018 Big Ten West football champions and winners of three consecutive bowl games and five consecutive Land of Lincoln trophies
  • Seven NCAA women's lacrosse titles since 2005
  • Recent conference championships in basketball, soccer, field hockey, golf, tennis, wrestling, swimming, and diving
  • 98% NCAA Graduation Success Rate ranks No. 1 among Football Bowl Subdivision schools
  • One of five private AAU members/top research universities to compete in NCAA Power Five conferences

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Notable Alumni Include:

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