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)

1,682    Traditional undergraduate students
3,222    Total student enrollment in all undergraduate programs
3,427    Total student enrollment in all undergraduate and graduate programs

Annual Undergraduate Expenses (2015–16)

  • Tuition: $28,390
  • Average cost of campus housing: $5,350
  • Average cost of a freshman meal plan: $3,604

Financial Aid

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

Typical financial aid package for new freshmen:
Average gift amount: $14,279
Average loan package: $5,884
Average work-study: $2,200


FAFSA code:  002371

The earliest a student may apply for financial aid is January of the year that the student begins college. Because the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) asks for information from the prior year's IRS form 1040, we strongly recommend the completion of the 1040 before filling out the FAFSA form.

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 2014 data)

1,682 Traditional Undergraduates

41.7% Male Students
58.3% Female Students

Geographical distribution of the student body (fall 2013 data)

Top 10 states:

Minnesota – 1,260

Wisconsin – 166

Iowa – 117

North Dakota – 24

South Dakota – 15

Colorado – 14

Nebraska – 14

Illinois – 12

California – 6

Michigan – 6

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