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At a Glance


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

Academics

Top-rated Midwestern Christian liberal arts university with undergraduate, PSEO and Early College, graduate, and adult undergraduate degree programs.

Admission

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

Athletics

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. 

Campus

  • 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

Clubs

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

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

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.

Students

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

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