northwestern university

Northwestern University (NU) is one of the most frequently searched universities in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of American colleges.

Northwestern, founded in 1851, is a private research university in Illinois, with additional facilities in San Francisco and Washington DC. The school currently maintains a enrollment of well over 20,000 students, most of them studying at the graduate level. 

Northwestern consists of the following graduate and undergraduate schools:

  1. Bienen School of Music
  2. Feinberg School of Medicine
  3. Kellogg School of Management
  4. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  5. Medill School of Journalism
  6. Pritzker School of Law 
  7. School of Communication
  8. School of Education and Social Policy
  9. School of Professional Studies
  10. The Graduate School
  11. Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Notable Northwestern alumni include many prominent doctors, scientists, and CEOs, as well as Nobel Prize winning novelist Saul Bellow, actor Warren Beatty, talk show host Stephen Colbert, and Academy Award winning actor Charlton Heston, among others. 

Northwestern is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Above: An aerial view of Northwestern's Evanston campus


Northwestern university Q&A

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Northwestern. 

1. Where is Northwestern University?

Northwestern has Illinois campuses in Evanston and Chicago. Here is the official mailing and visiting address of the main campus of Northwestern in Evanston:  

Northwestern University

633 Clark Street

Evanston, Illinois


2. What types of degrees are available at Northwestern University?

NU offers hundreds of Bachelors degrees, Masters degrees, and Doctoral degrees from a wide variety of academic interests. The university also has a law school, a medical school, and a highly acclaimed journalism school. 

3. What undergraduate majors are offered at Northwestern University?

Here is a list of undergraduate (Bachelor degree) majors offered at Northwestern:

  • African American Studies
  • African Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Math
  • Art History
  • Art Theory and Practice
  • Asian American Studies
  • Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication Studies
  • Communication Systems
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences 
  • French
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Geography
  • German
  • Global Health Studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism
  • Latino Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Manufacturing and Design Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Education 
  • Middle East & North African Studies
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Performance Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Premedical Program
  • Psychology
  • Radio Television and Film
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Secondary Teaching
  • Social Policy
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Theater
  • Writing

4. What graduate programs are available at Northwestern University?

Here is a list of graduate programs where students can earn Masters degrees from Northwestern:

  • Analytics
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Physics
  • Art History
  • Art Theory and Practice
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Brass Performance
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Clinical Investigation
  • Communication 
  • Comparative Literary Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Conducting
  • Counseling
  • Creative Writing
  • Design Innovation
  • Directing
  • Documentary Media
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Design and Innovation
  • Engineering Management 
  • Engineering Sciences 
  • English
  • English
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 
  • French
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Geotechnics 
  • German Literature 
  • Global Health Studies
  • Health Communication
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Services
  • Healthcare Quality 
  • Higher Education Administration and Policy 
  • History
  • Human Development and Social Policy
  • Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences
  • Information Design and Strategy
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Integrated Marketing Communications  
  • International Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Jazz Studies
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Leadership for Creative Enterprises 
  • Learning and Organizational Change
  • Learning Science
  • Liberal Studies 
  • Life and Biomedical Sciences
  • Linguistics
  • Literature 
  • Marriage and Family Therapy 
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media, Technology, and Society 
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Medical Humanities and Bioethics  
  • Middle East & North African Studies
  • Music
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Percussion Performance 
  • Performance Studies
  • Physician Assistant Program
  • Physics and Astronomy 
  • Piano Performance 
  • Political Science
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Predictive Science and Engineering Design
  • Premedical Program
  • Product Design and Development Management
  • Project Management
  • Prosthetics-Orthotics
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Reproductive Science and Medicine 
  • Robotics
  • Screen Cultures
  • Slavic Languages
  • Social Impact
  • Sociology
  • Sound, Arts, and Industries
  • Speech, Language, and Learning 
  • Sports Administration
  • Stage Design
  • Statistics
  • String Performance
  • Technology and Social Behavior
  • Technology Industry Management
  • Theater and Drama
  • Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
  • Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning
  • Voice and Oper Performance
  • Woodwind Performance
  • Writing for the Screen and Stage

Click here for a list of the Doctoral (PhD) programs at Northwestern.  

Above: The Kellogg School of Management


5. What courses are taught at the Northwestern University School of Law?

The law college at Northwestern ranks highly on many lists of American law schools. Here is a list of some of the programs, or concentrations, offered at the Northwestern School of Law: 

  • Appellate Law
  • Business Enterprise
  • Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Environmental Law
  • International Law
  • Law and Social Policy
  • Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship 

Shown above: The Northwestern School of Law


6. How much does it cost to attend Northwestern University?

According to the Northwestern website, the current estimated cost of tuition and fees for undergraduate students to attend NU full time for one full school year is:

  • $52,239 in tuition for full time students in degree programs.
  • $16,047 for room and board 
  • $439 in fees
  • $4,255 for books, supplies, and personal expenses

      TOTAL  $72,980

Additional fees may also apply, such as application fees, textbook fees, technology fees, insurance fees, and parking fees, among others. 

Students attending Northwestern may be eligible for financial aid if they fill out the Federal FAFSA form. Roughly 62 percent of undergrads at Northwestern receive financial aid. 

Above: The Ryan Center for Musical Arts


7. What is the Northwestern University campus like?

The main (Evanston) campus of NU spans 240 acres bordering Lake Michigan. Nearby attractions include the Block Museum of Art, the Grosse Point Lighthouse, a movie theater, and Beck's Bookstore. Among the local conveniences are a Whole Foods Market and several good places to eat. A convenient public transportation system will take you all over town. 

The athletic teams at Northwestern are called the Wildcats. They are among the "Big Ten" in Division I of the the NCAA. The team colors are purple and white. 

Intercollegiate sports for student athletes at Northwestern include: 

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse 
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

The school also features club and intramural sports, such as 

  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag Football
  • Floor Hockey
  • Soccer 
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

In addition, the campus of Northwestern hosts numerous non athletic activities such as drama clubs, language clubs, musical groups, a theater troupe, a student newspaper, and hundreds of others.  

Above: The Alice Millar Chapel


8. What are the distance learning options at Northwestern University?

Northwestern is a major producer of online courses through a learning management system (LMS) called Caesar. A great many courses are offered fully online at Northwestern. 

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9. What is the contact information for Northwestern University?

You can reach the main campus office of NU by calling 847-491-3741. 

To contact the registrar's office, call 847-491-5234. 

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