- Participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, which establishes national standards for distance education.
- Notable alumni include Julia Louis Dreyfus, Stephen Colbert, and George R. R. Martin.
- Campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois and Doha, Qatar.
- Satellite locations in San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; New York City; and Miami.
Northwestern University began offering classes in the fall 1855 with two faculty members and 10 students. Today, the university’s Kellogg School of Management, founded in 1908, thrives as a top business school. Northwestern’s status as a premier research university is supported by $702.1 million in annual sponsored funding. The law, engineering, and performing arts programs contribute immensely to the university’s reputation.
Northwestern boasts a 6:1 student–to–faculty ratio, with 3,334 full–time faculty members instructing 21,000 students. Northwestern students can choose from more than 500 clubs and organizations, giving them a variety of networking and support opportunities.
Northwestern University Online Statistics
|Full–Time Freshman Retention Rate||98%|
|Required Standardized Test(s)||SAT or ACT|
|Accreditation||Higher Learning Commission|
|Colors||White and purple|
Northwestern University’s Accreditation, Tuition, and Admissions Info
Accreditation and Approvals
Northwestern University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Several of the university’s degree programs are individually accredited.
|Full–Time Degree Students||$54,120 per academic year|
Northwestern University requires completion of a common application or coalition application, an official secondary school transcript and report, a counselor recommendation, and a minimum of one teacher recommendation for admission.
Northwestern accepts SAT or ACT scores for admission. Applicants pay a nonrefundable $75 application fee. An application fee waiver is open to first–generation college students, Chicago or Evanston residents, and students burdened by financial hardship.
Online Degrees Offered
Northwestern University offers nine online master’s degrees. The School of Professional Studies houses six of Northwestern’s online master’s degrees.