Northwestern University: Narrative Description

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Evanston, IL 60208
Tel: (847)491-3741
Admissions: (847)491-7271
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1851. Setting: 250-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago. Endowment: $3.7 billion. Total enrollment: 16,663. Faculty: 1,135 (933 full-time, 202 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 15,637 applied, 30% were admitted. 82% from top 10% of their high school class, 96% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 152 National Merit Scholars, 158 valedictorians. Full-time: 7,846 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 185 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 48 other countries, 70% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 5% black, 17% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 1% 25 or older, 65% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 97% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Required for some: audition for music program, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: 4/15, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $65. Comprehensive fee: $41,662 includes full-time tuition ($31,644), mandatory fees ($145), and college room and board ($9873). College room only: $5613. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $3754 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 415 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 30% of eligible men and 39% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Associated Student Government, Asian Christian Ministry, Activities and Organization Board, Dance Marathon, Arts Alliance. Major annual events: homecoming, dance marathon, Armadillo Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 4,250 college housing spaces available; 3,950 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. University Library plus 6 others with 4.4 million books, 4.3 million microform titles, 39,944 serials, 79,794 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $25.6 million. 678 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Evanston is a residential city on Lake Michigan, adjoining the northern limits of the city of Chicago. With Lake Michigan forming an impressive backdrop, an abundance of oak, elm, and maple trees enhance the beauty of the community. Situated 12 miles from the center of Chicago, Evanston offers the advantages of a quiet, modern community close to a great thriving city. Excellent shopping facilities are available.

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