Northwestern University

Private, Four-years School Located in Evanston, IL

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How much is the Northwestern tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Northwestern's tuition & fees is $65,997.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $91,923 when a student lives on-campus.

Northwestern Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$65,997
Books & Supplies Costs$1,590
On-campus Room & Board$19,440
On-campus Expenses$4,896
Off-campus Room & Board$19,440
Off-campus Expenses$4,896
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$63,468

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Northwestern for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $291,355 at Northwestern. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $425,254. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $188,924.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$68,627$96,168$40,502
Sophomore (2024-25)$71,361$102,529$44,645
Junior (2025-26)$74,205$109,478$49,287
Senior (2026-27)$77,162$117,080$54,491
4 Years Total$291,355$425,254$188,924
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$71,361$102,529$44,645
Sophomore (2025-26)$74,205$109,478$49,287
Junior (2026-27)$77,162$117,080$54,491
Senior (2027-28)$80,236$125,411$60,328
4 Years Total$302,964$454,498$208,751
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$74,205$109,478$49,287
Sophomore (2026-27)$77,162$117,080$54,491
Junior (2027-28)$80,236$125,411$60,328
Senior (2028-29)$83,434$134,558$66,881
4 Years Total$315,036$486,527$230,987
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$77,162$117,080$54,491
Sophomore (2027-28)$80,236$125,411$60,328
Junior (2028-29)$83,434$134,558$66,881
Senior (2029-30)$86,758$144,615$74,242
4 Years Total$327,590$521,665$255,943
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$80,236$125,411$60,328
Sophomore (2028-29)$83,434$134,558$66,881
Junior (2029-30)$86,758$144,615$74,242
Senior (2030-31)$90,215$155,692$82,515
4 Years Total$340,643$560,277$283,967

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Northwestern' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Illinois, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $21,542.
In-StateOut-of-State
Northwestern University$65,997
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Illinois Four-years Colleges$19,795
Public Schools$10,585$13,638
Private Schools$21,542

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Northwestern and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
Northwestern UniversityEvanston, IL$65,997$53,871
Duke UniversityDurham, NC$65,805$63,985
Rice UniversityHouston, TX$58,128$54,462
Brown UniversityProvidence, RI$68,230$67,006
University of ChicagoChicago, IL$66,939$66,543
Georgetown UniversityWashington, DC$65,081$59,306
Dartmouth CollegeHanover, NH$65,739$64,068

Financial Aid and COA

At Northwestern University, 4,780 students (54%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $53,533.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Northwestern is $38,390 for students living on-campus and $38,390 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 1,212 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $61,716 and the average amount of student loans is $6,973.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$91,923
COA (off-campus)$91,923
Tuition & Fees$65,997
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$25,926
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$25,926
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$38,390
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$38,390
Average Financial Aid$53,533
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship4,78054%$53,533
Pell Grants1,61518%$5,208
Federal Student Loan1,64219%$5,723
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1,21258%-
Grants or Scholarships1,04250%$61,716
Federal Grants44721%$7,794
Pell Grants44721%$5,408
Other Federal Grants43621%$2,446
State/Local Grants1326%$5,540
Institutional Grants1,03750%$57,949
Student Loan Aid41720%$6,973
Federal Student Loans41220%$4,654
Other Student Loans342%$29,128

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Northwestern's acceptance rate is 6.97%. A total of 47,636 applicants applied to and 3,321 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 2,086 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 62.81%.
To apply to Northwestern, 4 items are required - Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program, Recommendations and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 2 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school GPA and Secondary school rank. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants47,63621,781$25,855
Admitted3,3211,452$1,869
Enrolled2,086925$1,161
Acceptance Rate6.97%6.67%7.23%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)62.81%63.71%62.12%
Secondary school GPARecommended
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to Northwestern. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,520 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 35.
Its SAT score is much higher than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is much higher than the national average score of 24.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,5201,4701,570
National Average1,168
Illinois Average1,140
SAT EBRW745720770
SAT Math775750800
ACT Composite353435
National Average24
Illinois Average25
ACT Math343235
ACT English363536

Student Population

Northwestern University has a total of 23,161 students including 8,993 undergraduate and 14,168 graduate students. By gender, there are 10,964 male students and 12,445 female students attending Northwestern. The school offers online degree programs and 1,123 students enrolled online exclusively (4.85% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total23,409 10,96412,445
Undergraduate8,847 4,0824,765
Graduate14,562 6,8827,680

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address633 Clark St, Evanston, IL
Phone847-491-3741
WEBwww.northwestern.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered435 Programs
Online Program Offered12 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered243 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate7.21%
Yield55.16%
Student Population23,161
Graduation Rate96%
Retention Rate98%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate6 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties2,325 (Full-time), 340 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs9,894 (Full-time), 544 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$163,111
Average Staff Salary$85,974