Northwestern University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.95 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 12 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABET, + 6 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 21,592 (9,283 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 29% part-time, 71% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $45,560
Source: NCES

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4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2015

Northwestern University did not disappoint in terms of academic rigor and the quality of education as one would expect from a top tier college. As for student diversity, of course, there was plenty of diversity in terms of the students pursuing various career goals, as well as plenty of diversity in ethnicity, gender, and other forms of identity. That being said however, I felt as though during my time at Northwestern University, I was too caught up in academic rigor that in the long run, I did not have as many chances to truly mix with such diversity in the long run. This in part, I feel, is due to the fact that the schools within Northwestern (Engineering, music, etc.) are mostly separated from each other, with little chance to interact amongst each other outside of class. It would have been far more fortunate if the school encouraged a lot more openly some opportunities for students of all of Northwestern's schools to intermingle with each other.
3.79 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2020

Pros: faculty and students frequently attend the myriad events, workshops, lectures and receptions directly funded or planned by the department. Faculty seem interested in students despite busy schedules and (sometimes) prestige. Compensation for phd students is verging on generous, if only in relation to the unlivable wage offered by other institutions. The thematic clusters that most students get involved with are a lovely opportunity to network with like-minded faculty and students in other departments. Cons: As an older institution with a reputation, there can be residual traditionalism and/or conservatism that might not always be productive. However, as new faculty are hired this will potentially fade.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2019

Great intellectual environment and faculty support. Phd stipend isn't great, but the surrounding area has enough affordable housing to make it work.
4.11 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2015

NU has a great history department, there's no doubt about it. There should perhaps be more support for non-Academia tracks, but they are trying. If you have made the (perhaps unwise) decision to get a PhD in history, NU will likely give you an excellent education, the larger problems are field-wide, about academia more broadly.
3.86 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2015

I like Northwestern. It was a good place to go to graduate school.
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2017

Northwestern is a great university; it has a fantastic library, top of the range faculty and the learning environment is generally good. However, Campus transportation especially on weekends is not as smooth as it relies on the Chicago city transportation only. NU buses do not operate on weekends. Given that Evanston is expensive to live in, a number of grad students live in Chicago which makes it necessary to have affordable and reliable transportation to and from campus throughout the week.
4.71 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014

Northwestern University's Department of History is outstanding. The faculty provide a high level of education and the course work is rigorous. Evanston has a high cost of living and many grad students choose to live in Chicago because campus housing has disadvantages.
4.14 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2018

Northwestern is a very competitive school to get into, but I don't think the atmosphere is competitive. At least in my department, other grad students and the faculty are generally very supportive of your work, and nobody's really out to get anyone or make you look stupid. Overall, the academic environment has a positive feel.
3.21 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2016

The campus facilities (libraries, etc.) are fantastic and the campus itself is beautiful and located within a vibrant area. If you are a self-starter you will thrive in Northwestern's environment. The faculty is collectively superb and generally at the very top of their respective fields, along with recent additions of brilliant young scholars. The Funding package is, compared with other schools, incredible and permits grad students to live comfortably in a city as expensive as Chicago while pursuing their interests.
2.18 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014

Complete lack of diversity. Decent funding. Too competitive to create a community.
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