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At a Glance

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


  • Top-rated Midwestern Christian liberal arts university with undergraduate, PSEO and Early College, graduate, and adult undergraduate degree programs
  • More than 75 areas of undergraduate study
  • Seven 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 specific to their majors
  • 16:1 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.

  • Average GPA: 3.5
  • Average ACT score: 24
  • Average SAT score: 1150


The Northwestern Eagles are part of NCAA-Division III. We offer 20 varsity sports as well as intramural sports 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


More than 40 clubs are offered each year "by students, for students" in areas including recreational, relational, educational, spiritual, vocational, and opportunities for witness/service. Visit

Annual Undergraduate Expenses

  • Tuition: $31,580
  • Average cost of campus housing: $5,810
  • Average cost of a freshman meal plan: $3,850

Financial Aid

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

Typical financial aid package for new freshmen (2017–18):

  • Average gift amount: $18,965
  • Average loan package: $7,183
  • Average work-study: $1,173


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.


3,443 Total Undergraduate Students (Fall 2018)

  • 1,818 Degree seeking — 59% Female / 41% Male
  • 1,625 Non-degree seeking — Early College and PSEO

180 Total Graduate Students

Geographical distribution of undergraduates

Top 10 states:

2,999 — Minnesota (88%)
165 — Wisconsin
79 — Iowa
24 — Nebraska
20 — California
20 — South Dakota
18 — North Dakota
17 — Colorado
13 — Illinois
10 — Texas

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