At a Glance

Get a quick glimpse of the basic facts about Northwestern, including our location, demographics, and financial aid.
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Academics

  • Top-rated Midwestern Christian liberal arts university with undergraduate, PSEO and Early College, graduate, and adult undergraduate degree programs
  • 75+ areas of undergraduate study
  • Six master's degree programs
  • Average undergraduate class size is 22—varies from freshman year to senior year, as students move from required core curriculum to courses that are specific to their majors
  • 14:1 student to faculty ratio

Admission

Prospective students who demonstrate potential to positively influence the University of Northwestern community through character, depth, abilities or background will be shown preference in the admission process.

Athletics

The Northwestern Eagles are part of NCAA-Division III. We offer 20 varsity sports as well as intramurals throughout the year. Visit unweagles.com.

Campus

  • Located in the Minneapolis St. Paul suburbs of Roseville and Arden Hills, Minnesota, just minutes from two major downtown areas
  • 107-acre campus on beautiful Lake Johanna
  • In its current location since 1972, the original campus founded in 1902 by Dr. William B. Riley, pastor and well-known evangelist, was in the Loring Park area of Minneapolis

Annual Undergraduate Expenses

  • Tuition: $30,260
  • Average cost of campus housing: $5,570
  • Average cost of a freshman meal plan: $3,700

Financial Aid

100% of Northwestern traditional undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

Typical financial aid package for new freshmen (2016-17):

  • Average gift amount: $15,907
  • Average loan package: $5,908
  • Average work-study: $2,200

FAFSA

FAFSA code: 002371

For the 2018-19 FAFSA, families can submit the FAFSA staring October 1 using 2016 tax data. This allows parents to simply use the IRS Data Retrieval tool imbedded within the FAFSA to make the transfer of tax information quick and automatic.

Priority is given to students who apply before May 1.  For more information, feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at 866-853-2455.

Students

3,319 Total Undergraduate Students

  • 1,818 Degree seeking – 58% Female / 42% Male
  • 1,501 Non-degree seeking, Early College and PSEO

193 Total Graduate Students

Geographical distribution of undergraduates

Top 10 states:

2,850 — Minnesota (86%)
171 — Wisconsin
90 — Iowa
21 — Nebraska
21 — Illinois
20 — North Dakota
19 — South Dakota
16 — Texas
13 — California
10 — Colorado

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