Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
www.northwestern.edu 633 Clark St, Evanston, IL, 60208
A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Academics
  • A Athletics
  • A- Campus
  • A+ Diversity
  • A+ Value
  • A- Party Scene

Northwestern University Admissions

Acceptance Rate 9.05%
Acceptance Deadline January 3
Students Receiving Financial Aid 64.27%

Northwestern University Cost

Net Price* $26,196
Average Total Aid Awarded $6,706
Students Receiving Financial Aid 64.27%
*Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Northwestern University Academics

Student Faculty Ratio 6:1

Northwestern University Majors

Most Popular Majors
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Journalism
  • Biology
  • Political Science and Government
  • Communications
  • Drama and Theatre Production
  • Neuroscience and Neurobiology
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Computer Science

Northwestern University Online

Offers Online Courses No

Northwestern University Students

Full-Time Undergrad Enrollment 8,161
Part-Time Undergraduates 481

Northwestern University Advisors

Our advisors graduated from the nation’s best universities, so they know first-hand what it takes to stand out in the admissions process. CollegeAdvisor.com's advisors include Marshall Scholars, Fulbright recipients, first-generation college students, professional actors and musicians, startup founders, doctors, teachers and more - all rigorously screened and trained to support students and families on their college journeys.

Rishi Mahesh
Northwestern University
I love to strike a balance of being lighthearted and easygoing, while staying ambitious and critical. I specialize in essay writing and how to craft your admissions story.

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Kevin Kim
Northwestern University
Hi everyone! My name's Kevin, and I plan on double majoring in political science and economics at Northwestern University. Even without super unique extracurriculars or experiences (finding the cure to cancer or starting a million dollar business at the age of two), I know that each applicant has the potential to present a unique story to the admission officers! As your advisor, I will work to help highlight the unique parts of your application in your essays. I'm excited to share the tips and tricks of the college process that I learned while applying for colleges and advising other students. I can't wait to help make these polar opposite terms (fun and the college process) seem like synonyms :)

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Aneeka Britto
University of Pennsylvania
I am currently a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Spanish and Statistics through the Wharton School of Business. After graduation, I will be working in leveraged finance banking at J.P. Morgan.

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Andrew Wailes
Columbia University
Thank you for taking this next step in your future! I am an experienced educator and college advisor, having spent the past decade supporting high school students in New York, California, and Hong Kong. I believe in each and every student's ability to succeed. Everyone has something to offer. In working with students, I always make sure that feel heard, valued, and even celebrated. I look forward to supporting you as you embark on this exciting next step of your educational journey.

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Allison Park
Yale University
Hi! My name's Allison and I graduated from Yale University in 2021 with a degree in Political Science. I'm originally from the Washington D.C. area and now work as an audio producer at CNN based in New York City. During my senior year of high school, I traveled the country to audition for music schools and conservatories as a cello performance major. Ironically, Yale was the only non-music school I applied to. But throughout undergrad, I kept up music through the Yale Symphony Orchestra and Low Strung, a 12-person all-cello rock band. On campus, I was also an editor at the Yale Daily News where I helped launch their first audio and podcasting branch, and my college internship experience has spanned NBC News and MSNBC. Over the last five years, I've worked one-on-one with nearly 40 students ranging from 8th to 12th grade, and helped them reach their admissions goals to schools including Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Northwestern, to name a few. I'm passionate about storytelling and am committed to helping students craft their own personal narrative in a way that authentically reflects their passions and unique qualities. I'm excited to work together!

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Aya Waller-Bey
Georgetown University
I am a proud first-generation college student passionate about college admissions and higher education hailing from Detroit, MI. I have over six years of college admissions, advising, and college interview experience. Currently, I conduct research on college admissions as a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor!

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Josie Pearce
Dartmouth College
Josie graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2020. At Dartmouth, she majored in Government, minored in Spanish, and was an editor at the Dartmouth Law Journal. She works as a PR Assistant at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in their Boston office. Josie is pursuing a JD/MD joint degree and is attending Harvard for her pre-medical post-bacc. She is an admissions interviewer for Dartmouth College and has ample experience with the college interview process and essay writing.

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Ishaani Khatri
Brown University
Hi there! My name is Ishaani, and I'm a senior in Brown University's Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), where I study Computational Biology. Outside of class, I play in a jazz ensemble, write and edit for the [email protected] magazine, advise freshman at Brown, and research at the Center for Computational Molecular Biology. I've been working as a college advisor for 2+ years, and I look forward to supporting you all throughout the college admissions process!

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Brynlee Emery
Georgetown University
Hi there! I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University in 2019 with a double major in History and Government and a minor in English. I also just graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with two master's degrees in History and in Library and Information Sciences. Currently, I work in digital asset management for a startup in Salt Lake City. This is my fourth year as a college admissions advisor, and my former students have been accepted to Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, USC, UT-Austin, and many others. I am so excited to help you navigate through the process and get accepted to your dream school.

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Fahrisa Islam
Yale University
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Vignesh Namasivayam
Yale University
Hi there! I'm Vig Namasivayam, a 2020 grad of Yale. I strongly believe that every student has a path to a great school if they embrace who they are. For me, delving into my extracurriculars is what put me in a great position to succeed. For others, it's their academic or athletic passions. I'm really excited to help you navigate a tough and scary process and make it as stress-free as possible; I was a psychology major at school, which I loved because it has given me the tools to to dig into how other people think, which helps me help them. Beyond that, I really love entertainment, any kind. Since high school, I've been really involved in theater, culminating in my being the treasurer for the Yale Dramatic Association. I also was the Sports Director for our school's radio, getting the opportunity to travel and broadcast sports games. I was also the Treasurer for the Class of 2020. I would also be remiss to mention that I've definitely seen more TV shows than anyone I know.

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Samantha Cachila
University of Southern California
My name is Sam and I have been an Admissions Advisor, for both undergraduate and graduate students, for one year. Throughout my career, I have specialized in Education/Teaching and Nursing. My degrees in Social Work (BSW, Loyola University Chicago '19) and Postsecondary Administration & Student Affairs (M.Ed., University of Southern California '20) has served me well in building meaningful relationships with students, as well finding what their passion is. Besides my academic and professional backgrounds, I am located in Chicago, IL and have an adorable merle goldendoodle named, Raja.

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Jesper Ke
Harvard University
Nice to meet you! Growing up in a Midwestern town of 10,000 people and not having any national awards in high school, I've been in a position where I felt like I couldn't stand out in my college application. Despite this, I was able to receive full-tuition merit scholarships from University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University, in addition to an acceptance from Harvard. My experience showed me that how you craft your personal narrative in applications is key to success. I'd love to draw on my experience helping students gain acceptance to schools like University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Swarthmore, Wellesley and more to help you craft your personal story and stand out. And as an incoming medical student, I'm also happy to talk to you about what it's like to be a pre-medical student should that interest you!

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Amelie Thouvenot
Yale University
I work with a non-profit organization that provides capital and training to agricultural enterprises around the world. I studied Applied Mathematics at Yale University, and I'm passionate about the power of education - mathematics and beyond! On the weekends, I like to cook, plan my next trip and hike with my dog.

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Ramona Park
Harvard University
Hi there! I'm a junior majoring in Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University and taking additional coursework in creative writing. I am a Korean heritage student and also pursuing a language citation in Japanese! As a FGLI (First Generation-Low Income) student, I have much experience navigating financial aid, scholarships, fly-in programs, and other related resources. In addition, I had a rollercoaster of a ride being admitted ED to UPenn but then withdrawing, and also switching majors from computer science to art, so I feel equipped to help you with any and every existential crisis. In high school I had a heavy focus on journalism and model UN, however now at Harvard most of my extracurricular activities consist of dance, performing arts, and international relations programs. In my free time, I enjoy illustrating my webtoon and watching 90 Day fiance!

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Pablo Haake
Stanford University
Hi there, I'm Pablo - I'm a recent grad from Stanford ('19), where I majored in Urban Studies and minored in History. I'm a policy analyst for the City of San José and am passionate about spatial justice and inclusive community engagement. Outside of work (and the pandemic) you'll find me out dancing salsa , playing disc golf, and exploring different cities. I'd love to get a chance to meet you and help you navigate the absolute mayhem of college admissions.

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Catriona Bell
Brown University
Catriona graduated from Brown, where she majored in Materials Engineering. She is very passionate about sustainability, feminism, and mentoring students through their college application journey.

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Caroline Hutton
University of Chicago
Hello! I'm Caroline, a lifelong Midwesterner and 2018 graduate of the University of Chicago. Most of my four years at UChicago were spent reading in campus coffee shops, running civic engagement programming at the Institute of Politics, and (weather permitting) enjoying time along the shores of Lake Michigan with my friends. After college, I spent an amazing year teaching English on a Fulbright scholarship in Madrid, Spain. This past year, I had the incredible privilege of organizing for Elizabeth Warren's campaign in Iowa and Arkansas. I know how confusing and anxiety-inducing the college application process can be, and I'm here to tell you: it's all going to turn out okay, I promise. I'm so excited to help you find your dream school!

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Blu Frankel
Harvard University
Blu graduated from Harvard College in December 2020 with a degree in Social Anthropology and Art, Film, and Visual Studies. His love of learning has led him to explore a wide variety of subjects throughout his life, and he loves sharing this passion with his students. Blu has worked with students of all ages and has years of experience tutoring for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, AP exams, and middle and high-school level subjects from Algebra and Spanish to AP Literature and AP U.S. History. Blu's track record not only includes a 2360 SAT score and 5's on 8 Advanced Placement Exams, but also a history of helping students achieve drastic improvements on their own standardized tests and in their regular coursework. Additionally, Blu has experience with college admissions counseling, in particular guiding students through the essay-writing process. He was accepted to a number of top schools including Harvard, Columbia, Brown, UPenn, Dartmouth, Cornell, Northwestern, and UC Berkeley, and can offer guidance to help you get accepted to the school of your choice. Some of Blu's personal interests include watching and making films, listening to and writing music, hiking, backpacking, designing/building spaces, reading, theater, art, photography, yoga & meditation, philosophy, psychology, stand-up comedy, cooking, and dancing.

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University of Michigan

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