Northwestern University - Bachelor's Degree

Northwestern University is home to a dozen colleges and schools across three campuses: a 240-acre campus in Evanston; a 25-acre campus in Chicago and a campus in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern is a leading research university that has more than 90 school-based centers and nearly 50 University research centers. With an interdisciplinary culture, its research spans a spectrum of areas including neuroscience, nanotechnology, biotechnology and drug discovery.

  • Average Tution USD 68,060
  • Acceptance Rate 13%
  • Students 21,554
  • International Students 7.4%
  • Total Cost USD 68,060
  • Scholarships 155,506,478
  • Student-Faculty Ratio 7:1

School Description

Northwestern University was conceptualised when nine men came together on May 31, 1850 to plan a university that would serve the Northwest. The university however was officially established in 1951 when its Acts of Incorporation was passed by the Illinois legislature. With little money, land and limited higher education experience, the vision of these nine men was ambitious, but nevertheless in 1853, the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago, and established a campus. After completing its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students.

Over the years, the University has grown tremendously; it now has 12 schools and colleges, as well as campuses in Chicago and Doha, Qatar. The University’s 3,344 full-time faculty members include Tony Award winners, Guggenheim Fellows, MacArthur Fellowship Recipients and members of numerous honorary and professional societies including the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Council of Learned Societies. Some Of Northwestern’s notable alumni include Michael Barratt, Astronaut and physician for NASA, Saul Bellow, Writer and recipient of the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize for Literature and Virginia Rometty, Business executive currently Chairman, President and CEO of IBM.

Bachelor Programs

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Computer Engineering

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of computer hardware and software systems and related equipment and facilities; and the analysis of specific problems of computer applications to various tasks.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Computer Science

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Information Systems

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to provide and manage data systems and related facilities for processing and retrieving internal business information; select systems and train personnel; and respond to external data requests. Includes instruction in cost and accounting information systems, management control systems, personnel information systems, data storage and security, business systems networking, report preparation, computer facilities and equipment operation and maintenance, operator supervision and training, and management information systems policy and planning.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Teaching

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to children or adults with special learning needs or disabilities, and that may prepare individuals to function as special education teachers. Includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Manufacturing Engineering

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, development, and implementation of manufacturing systems. Includes instruction in materials science and engineering, manufacturing processes, process engineering, assembly and product engineering, manufacturing systems design, and manufacturing competitiveness.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Mechanical Engineering

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of physical systems used in manufacturing and end-product systems used for specific uses, including machine tools, jigs and other manufacturing equipment; stationary power units and appliances; engines; self-propelled vehicles; housings and containers; hydraulic and electric systems for controlling movement; and the integration of computers and remote control with operating systems.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Chemical Engineering

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of systems employing chemical processes, such as chemical reactors, kinetic systems, electrochemical systems, energy conservation processes, heat and mass transfer systems, and separation processes; and the applied analysis of chemical problems such as corrosion, particle abrasion, energy loss, pollution, and fluid mechanics.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Civil Engineering

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of structural, load-bearing, material moving, transportation, water resource, and material control systems; and environmental safety measures.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Electrical Engineering

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of electrical and electronic systems and their components, including electrical power generation systems; and the analysis of problems such as superconductor, wave propagation, energy storage and retrieval, and reception and amplification.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Industrial Engineering

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, material, information, and energy. Includes instruction in applied mathematics, physical sciences, the social sciences, engineering analysis, systems design, computer applications, and forecasting and evaluation methodology.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Art History

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Dance

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A general program that prepares individuals to express ideas, feelings, and/or inner visions through the performance of one or more of the dance disciplines, including but not limited to ballet, modern, jazz, ethnic, and folk dance, and that focuses on the study and analysis of dance as a cultural phenomenon. Includes instruction in technique, choreography, Laban notation, dance history and criticism, and dance production.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Media Studies

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on how messages in various media are produced, used, and interpreted within and across different contexts, channels, and cultures, and that prepare individuals to apply communication knowledge and skills professionally.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Performing Arts

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the creation and interpretation of works and performances that use auditory, kinesthetic, and visual phenomena to express ideas and emotions in various forms, subject to aesthetic criteria.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Music

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with personal music appreciation, the playing of a musical instrument, singing or recreational composition. This CIP code is not valid for IPEDS reporting.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Music Education

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. Includes instruction in music, dance, and other performing arts media.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Studies in Law

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that prepare individuals for the legal profession, for related support professions and professional legal research, and focus on the study of legal issues in non-professional programs.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Applied Mathematical Sciences

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the application of mathematics and statistics to the solution of functional problems in fields such as engineering and the applied sciences. Includes instruction in natural phenomena modeling continuum mechanics, reaction-diffusion, wave propagation, dynamic systems, numerical analysis, controlled theory, asymptotic methods, variation, optimization theory, inverse problems, and applications to specific scientific and industrial topics.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Statistics

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the systematic study of logical symbolic language and its applications.

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Mathematics

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. Includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Environmental Engineering

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply geotechnical engineering methods, which deal with the analysis, design and construction of earth and earth supported structures, to the application of environmental problems, such as waste containment, waste disposal, construction of land fills, soil permeation, soil analysis, and soil improvement. Includes instruction in soil mechanics, soil dynamics, soil behavior, waste management and containment systems, geosynthetics, geochemistry, earth structures, geoenvironmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, and foundation engineering

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Environmental Studies

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Biology

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Biomedical Engineering

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of biomedical and health systems and products such as integrated biomedical systems, instrumentation, medical information systems, artificial organs and prostheses, and health management and care delivery systems.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Chemistry

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Cognitive Science

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the study of the mind and the nature of intelligence from the interdisciplinary perspectives of computer science, philosophy, mathematics, psychology, neuroscience, and other disciplines. Includes instruction in mathematics and logic, cognitive process modeling, dynamic systems, learning theories, brain and cognition, neural networking, programming, and applications to topics such as language acquisition, computer systems, and perception and behavior.

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Neuroscience

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the interdisciplinary scientific study of the molecular, structural, physiologic, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of the brain and nervous system. Includes instruction in molecular and cellular neuroscience, brain science, anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system, molecular and biochemical bases of information processing, behavioral neuroscience, biology of neuropsychiatric disorders, and applications to the clinical sciences and biomedical engineering.

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Physics

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of matter and energy, and the formulation and testing of the laws governing the behavior of the matter-energy continuum. Includes instruction in classical and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, wave properties, nuclear processes, relativity and quantum theory, quantitative methods, and laboratory methods.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    American Studies

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the Hispanic peoples of the North and South American Continents outside Canada and the United States, including the study of the Pre-Columbian period and the flow of immigrants from other societies.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Anthropology

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of human beings, their antecedents and related primates, and their cultural behavior and institutions, in comparative perspective. Includes instruction in biological/physical anthropology, primatology, human paleontology and prehistoric archeology, hominid evolution, anthropological linguistics, ethnography, ethnology, ethnohistory, socio-cultural anthropology, psychological anthropology, research methods, and applications to areas such as medicine, forensic pathology, museum studies, and international affairs.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Classics

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the literary culture of the ancient Graeco-Roman world and the Greek and Latin languages and literatures and their development prior to the fall of the Roman Empire.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    English Literature

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Communication

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    Instructional content for this group of programs is defined in codes 09.0100 - 09.0199.

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Cultural Studies

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    An interdisciplinary program that focuses on the analysis and critique of culture in its varied forms, including values, ideas, belief systems, and expressive acts, and the relationship between cultural forms, everyday life, and structures of power. Includes instruction in anthropology, communications, history, literary studies, philosophy, political economy, and sociology, as well as recent theories and methodologies such as semiotics, deconstruction, postcolonial studies, gender theory, and ethnography.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Economics

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Gender Studies

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the defined areas, regions, and countries of the world; defined minority groups within and across societies; and issues relevant to collective gender and group experience.

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    History

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the study and interpretation of past events, institutions, issues, and cultures.

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Latin

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the Latin language and literature from its origins through its decline and its current ecclesiastical usage, as a secular and/or theological subject. Includes instruction in philology, related Italic dialects, Late Roman and Medieval Latin, and modern Church Latin.

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Humanities

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on combined studies and research in the humanities subjects as distinguished from the social and physical sciences, emphasizing languages, literatures, art, music, philosophy and religion.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    International Relations

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of international politics and institutions, and the conduct of diplomacy and foreign policy. Includes instruction in international relations theory, foreign policy analysis, international law and organization, the comparative study of specific countries and regions, and the theory and practice of diplomacy.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Journalism

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of gathering, processing, and delivering news and that prepares individuals to be professional print journalists, news editors, and news managers. Includes instruction in news writing and editing; reporting; photojournalism; layout and graphic design; journalism law and policy; professional standards and ethics; research methods; and journalism history and criticism.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Philosophy

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Political Science

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Psychology

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of the behavior of individuals, independently or collectively, and the physical and environmental bases of mental, emotional, and neurological activity.

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Religious Education

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of providing educational services to members of faith communities, within the context of a particular religion, and that prepares individuals to serve as religious educators. Includes instruction in planning and teaching lessons, organizing and supervising instructional activities, designing and developing instructional materials, and administering religious education programs and facilities.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Sociology

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    Spanish

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the Spanish language and related dialects. Includes instruction in philology; Modern Castillan; Latin American and regional Spanish dialects; and applications in business, science/technology, and other settings.

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    633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States

    French

    USD 48,624 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of France, other Francophone countries inside and outside Europe, and the French colonial experience and the associated French minorities around the world.

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  • Forbes (USA) 15
  • Times World University Rankings 20
  • QS Rankings (Global) 28

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  • Average SAT Score 2205

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          • 1993 -1997, BS

            Yes, academically, Northwestern is well known to be a challenging school. And, I learned a lot about Computer Science and other subjects. And, I got a lot more out of my 4 years in Evanston. I met my closest friends and partners at NU, including my wife. I made my first web page in the EE computer room. I gained a lot of credibility just from Northwestern's name on my diploma. I learned that I was not cut out to be a professional bassoon player. I played pickup basketball as often as I liked (pretty often.) I'm a big fan of higher education in general and an even bigger fan of my alma-mater. If you're curious about NU and want to talk, feel free to connect.

          • 2012 -2016, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

            As an engineering student, I love to focus on those specific academic classes, but do not want to miss out on the classical liberal arts education that is so important every collegiate student experience to some degree. Northwestern's six specialized undergraduate schools allow you to focus in on your passion, surrounded by incredible peer talent and plentiful resources, but also lend flexibility to experiment with other classes across the spectrum, be it in Anthropology, Theatre, or Journalism. This is a true rarity these days and Northwestern offers a unique opportunity to take advantage of this educational compilation.

          • 2005 -2007, Executive Scholar

            I was fascinated to have classmates who were as ambitious, energetic and passionate as anybody I've ever met. Their passion was for the mission of their nonprofit organization, and those missions were fascinating and diverse. It was a delightful experience. They also have generous financial aid so it is an incredible bang for the buck.