Northwestern University

#51 / #20
Global Influence / U.S. Influence
Most Desirable School
Private research university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, United States

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About Northwestern University

By James Barham, PhD

The founding of Northwestern University was spearheaded by the physician and politician John Evans, for whom the town of Evanston, Illinois, is named. The school is a private institution whose campus lies along Lake Michigan, just north of Chicago.

Northwestern was originally intended to serve the needs of the geographical area corresponding to the former Northwest Territory (Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and eastern Minnesota)—hence the school’s name.

The university is particularly renowned for its many distinguished professional schools, including the:

  • Bienen School of Music
  • Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Pritzker School of Law
  • Kellogg School of Management
  • Feinberg School of Medicine
  • McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Northwestern is also home to several multi-disciplinary and more-focused research initiatives, including the:

  • Institute for Global Health
  • Institute for Sustainability and Energy
  • Global and Research Opportunities
  • Pritzker School of Law’s celebrated Exoneration Initiative

In addition, Northwestern is a premier research university in the arts and sciences; its enormous library holdings comprise some five million volumes.

Now with campuses in Chicago itself (including the state-of-the-art Northwestern Memorial Hospital complex only blocks from Lake Michigan) and in Doha, Qatar, Northwestern is one of the top private research universities in between the East and West Coasts. Situated as it is on the Great Lakes, Northwestern contributes greatly—together with the University of Chicago several miles to the south—to making the greater Chicago area the intellectually vibrant “third coast” of the United States.

Altogether, some 19 Northwestern-connected individuals have received the Nobel Prize, including:

  • George Stigler—economics
  • Franco Modigliani—economics
  • Robert Lucas—economics
  • Saul Bellow—literature
  • Ralph Bunche—peace

Northwestern’s Department of Philosophy was the long-time home of the distinguished Canadian philosopher, Charles Taylor, while Northwestern University Press played a pivotal role in introducing the translated writings of Continental authors working in the phenomenological, existentialist, poststructuralist, and postmodern traditions to an English-speaking philosophical audience.

Other notable Northwestern alumni and faculty include the:

  • Anthropologist, Mary Douglas
  • Actors, Patricia Neal, Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, & Zooey Deschanel
  • Television personalities, Jerry Springer & Stephen Colbert

According to Wikipedia, Northwestern University is a private research university in Evanston, Illinois. Founded in 1851, Northwestern is the oldest chartered university in Illinois and is ranked among the most prestigious academic institutions in the world.

Northwestern University Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

Annual Applications Acceptance Graduation Rate Median SAT Score Median ACT Score
39,263 9% 95% 1495 34

How Much Does Northwestern University Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state)
Price by Family Income
Income Average Net Cost
0 - 30K $1,866
30K - 48K $3,995
48K - 75K $6,452
75K - 110K $16,784
110K+ $43,465

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

How Much Do Northwestern University Graduates Make?

If you graduate from Northwestern University, then you can expect to earn an average of $93,400 per year. You also have a 92% chance of being employed after 10 years.

Northwestern University's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

Student Body Under-Grads Graduates
19,058 8,873 10,185

Where is Northwestern University?

Northwestern University is located at 633 Clark St, Evanston IL 60208

How Safe is Northwestern University?

Northwestern University has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%. Evanston has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%.

What Is Northwestern University Known For?

Northwestern University is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

Northwestern University's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

Who Are Northwestern University's Most Influential Alumni?

Northwestern University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Business, Communications, and Economics. Here are some of Northwestern University's most famous alumni:

George Stigler
George Stigler
An American economist.
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert
An American comedian and writer.
Hugh Hefner
Hugh Hefner
An American businessman and magazine publisher .
Oliver H. Lowry
An American biochemist .
Alston Scott Householder
An American mathematician .
Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow
A Canadian-American writer.
Joseph Greenberg
An American linguist.
Aaron Director
An American economist .
Virginia Satir
Virginia Satir
An American psychotherapist & non-fiction author.
Charles W. Morris
An American philosopher .
Robert Hanssen
Robert Hanssen
A FBI agent who spied for Soviet and Russian intelligence services.
Harold Demsetz
Harold Demsetz
An American economist.

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