Fast Facts


  • Top-rated Midwestern Christian liberal arts university with undergraduate, PSEO and Early College, graduate, and adult undergraduate degree programs
  • 70+ 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


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.


The Northwestern Eagles are part of NCAA-Division III. With the upcoming addition of women's lacrosse in fall 2015 we offer 17 varsity sports as well as intramurals throughout the year. Visit


  • 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

Enrollment (fall 2014)

1,702    Traditional undergraduate students
3,068    Total student enrollment in all undergraduate programs
3,487    Total student enrollment in all undergraduate and graduate programs

Annual Undergraduate Expenses (2015–16)

  • Tuition: $29,100
  • Average cost of campus housing: $5,460
  • Average cost of a freshman meal plan: $3,600

Financial Aid

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

Typical financial aid package for new freshmen:
Average gift amount: $15,907
Average loan package: $5,908
Average work-study: $2,200


FAFSA code:  002371

Starting with the 17-18 FAFSA, families will be able to submit the FAFSA beginning on October 1 using the 2015 tax data.  

This change 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.


Traditional Undergraduate Students (fall 2016 data)

1,702 Traditional Undergraduates
41.4% Male Students
58.6% Female Studentss

Tradtional Undergraduate: Geographical distribution of the student body (fall 2016 data)

Top 10 states:

Minnesota – 1,275
Wisconsin – 158
Iowa – 109
North Dakota – 21
Illinois – 19
South Dakota – 17
Nebraska – 14
California – 11
Colorado – 7
Arizona - 5 

International students come from six home countries, including The Bahamas, China, Honduras, Mongolia, Tanzania and Uganda (fall 2014 data).