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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
3.7% growth from 2015
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
35,100 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
80.1% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
1,988 Graduates


The median tuition at Northwestern University is $50,424, which is $18,214 more than the national median tuition of $32,210.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $29,326.

In 2016, 53% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 27% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Northwestern University received 35,100 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 9.3% annual growth. Out of those 35,100 applicants, 3,743 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 10.7% acceptance rate.

There were 21,823 students enrolled at Northwestern University in 2016, and 38% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Northwestern University has an overall enrollment yield of 53%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Northwestern University has a total enrollment of 21,823 students. The full-time enrollment at Northwestern University is 17,475 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,348. This means that 80.1% of students enrolled at Northwestern University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Northwestern University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 45.1% White, 13.5% Asian, 8.27% Hispanic or Latino, 4.99% Black or African American, 3.27% Two or More Races, 0.12% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.05% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Northwestern University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (9.5%), followed by White Female (8.73%) and Asian Female (3.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (8.32%), followed by White Female (7.76%) and Asian Female (2.12%).

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In 2016, 735 fewer women than men graduated from Northwestern University. The majority of students graduating from Northwestern University are White. These 4,224 graduates mean that there were 3.55 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 1,189 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Northwestern University is General Economics with 398 graduates, followed by General Psychology with 169 graduates and Other Communication, Journalism, & Related Programs with 164 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Northwestern University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Legal, with 612 graduates, followed by Science Technologies with 55 graduates and Communications with 932 graduates.


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Northwestern University has an endowment valued at nearly $7.59B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $199M (2.63%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Northwestern University had a total expenditure of $2.03B. Of that $2.03B, they spent $927M on salaries and $207M on benefits.

Northwestern University employs 607 Professors, 288 Associate professors, and 282 Lecturers. Most academics at Northwestern University are Male Professors (456), Male Associate professors (185), and Female Lecturers (162).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northwestern University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 1,059 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 941 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 770 employees.



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