University of Northwestern Fast Facts



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  • Located in the Minneapolis St. Paul suburb of Roseville, Minnesota, just minutes from either downtown area
  • 107-acre campus on beautiful Lake Johanna
  • Founded in 1902 by Dr. William B. Riley, pastor and well-known evangelist, the original campus was in the Loring Park area of Minneapolis; relocated to current St. Paul location in 1972

Enrollment (fall 2012)

1,739    Traditional undergraduate students
3,036    Total student enrollment in all undergraduate programs
3,217    Total student enrollment in all undergraduate and graduate programs

Annual Undergraduate Expenses (2012–13)

  • Tuition: $26,740
  • Average cost of campus housing: $4,820
  • Average cost of a meal plan: $3,390

Financial Aid

100% of Northwestern traditional undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

Typical financial aid package for new freshmen:
Average gift amount: $13,492
Average loan package: $6,034
Average work-study: $2,200


FAFSA code:  002371

The earliest a student may apply for financial aid is January of the year that the student begins college. Because the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) asks for information from the prior year's IRS form 1040, we strongly recommend the completion of the 1040 before filling out the FAFSA form.

Priority is given to students who apply before May 1. For more information, feel free to contact the Financial Aid office at 866-853-2455.

Traditional Undergraduate Students (fall 2012 data)

1,739 Traditional Undergraduates

41.2% Male Students
58.8% Female Students

Geographical distribution of the student body (fall 2012 data)

Top 11 states:

South Dakota23
North Dakota14

Students who are U.S. citizens also come from six foreign countries, including China, Ecuador, Honduras, Hungary, Japan and Kenya (fall 2012 data).

International students come from six home countries, including China, Ecuador, Mongolia, South Africa, South Korea and Tanzania (fall 2012 data).