At a Glance
Get a quick glimpse of the basic facts about Northwestern, including our location, demographics, and financial aid.
- More than 75 areas of undergraduate study
- Seven master's degree programs
- Average undergraduate class size of 22
- 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: 1220
Northwestern Eagles are part of NCAA-Division III, 18 varsity sports as well as intramural sports offered throughout the year.
UNW athletes are recognized for their high standards on and off the field, with 159 athletes earning Upper Midwest Athletic Conference [UMAC] Academic All-Conference honors in the 2019–20 athletic year, and 27 UNW Eagles teams making NCAA National Tournament appearances since 2010.
- 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 unwsp.edu/clubs.
Annual Undergraduate Expenses
- Tuition: $32,490 (2020–21)
- Average cost of campus housing: $5,920
- Average cost of a freshman meal plan: $4,080
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
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be completed after October 1 in the year prior to your first college term. The online application allows parents to 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, contact the Financial Aid Office at 866-853-2455.
3,525 Total Undergraduate Students (Fall 2019)
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