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Northwestern University

Students at Northwestern University may begrudge their school's lesser name recognition outside the Midwest, but they aren't disappointed by the stellar academics and beautiful campus on the shore of Lake Michigan. The long campus in Evanston, Il. is divided between the creative arts and journalism students on its south end and the engineering and pre-professional schools to the north. While Northwestern has the resources and size of a Big Ten school, which it is, it also fosters a feeling of community among its diverse student body of about 8,600 undergrads and 13,000 graduate and professional students. Northwestern students apply their high-school overachiever work ethics to busy extracurricular and academic schedules, and the school's quarter system keeps them jumping from exam to exam. Much of the social life centers on the active Greek scene, as well as the attractions of downtown Chicago, which is just a quick ride away on the L, as the elevated trains are called. But the winter weather can be a downside'you don't know wind chill �til you've experienced a 15-below walk to class. After graduation, Northwestern students tend to do well on the job market, reporting average early career earnings of $59,500 a year, which is slightly higher than schools with a similar mix of majors.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$74,700
% of students who get any grants
53%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$31,500
Average price for low-income students
$9,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
11%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1480/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
10,163
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$4,006
student success
Graduation rate
94%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$19,400
Average salary within 3 years
$59,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
55%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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