Northwestern University Graduate Program Reviews

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98%
of students recommend
(4.14 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 283 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 8 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 21,655 (8,839 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 30% part-time, 70% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $49,064
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2007

Evanston and the Chicago area is a great place to live and work
5.0 out of 5.0
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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.
2.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

The stipend is relatively low considering the average expense in the Chicago area. Also, it's almost the lowest in comparison with the other programs at Northwestern University. Lots of the programs have much higher stipend with less TA requirement at Northwestern. This low stipend constrains your living quality and it's hard to afford the apartments close to campus, which means you have to spend much more time to commute. The faculty members are all brilliant here is one of the best points in the program. You can easily find different perspectives on the same topic from different faculty members to inspire your thoughts.
4.0 out of 5.0
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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.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2017

Faculty, whether they are on my committee or not, always have time to meet with me and offer great advice. This is true for faculty outside of my department as well. The department has cultivated a collegial atmosphere and encourages graduate students to help one another, share notes, brainstorm papers, etc., and we do. Our department has an excellent success rate for securing external funding to cover living expenses, preliminary research, and dissertation field research.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

Great alumni network especially if you are planning on staying in the midwest or Chicagoland area. The career services offered to the part-time students far exceed expectations.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2017

Pro: Evanston, the lake, being by Chicago "Con": STRONG emphasis on research, and less of an emphasis on quality methods of education.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2015

I have absolutely no complaints about the program itself or the Chicago area. I suppose there are areas that are more affordable, but for a big city, living in and around Chicago is quite affordable. The professors are first rate and the funding is fantastic. I have particularly liked the interdisciplinary opportunities at the school and the many research workshops and speakers that the campus attracts. I am forever grateful that I had the opportunity to get my PhD here fully funded.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2015

As a student of Northwestern University, I know I will be receiving a top-notch education. Not only because of the reputation of this great school, but because of individuals I have spoken to who rave about the Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) program, and how it has helped them greatly advance in their career. The staff has been very helpful and easy to get a hold of and the city campus is located minutes away from the Willis Tower, Millennium Park, and a wide array of trains and buses. Northwestern's IMC is a very recognized name with major companies and corporations throughout the Midwest and I know the education and experience it will bring me will greatly add to my resume and help me pursue my greater goals. Unfortunately, since the campus is located in the city, housing around the area is extremely expensive. And despite being by such a hub of public transportation, classes can go past 9:00pm and the empty streets have proven not to be the safest route home. Moreover the school is extremely expensive. The students and staff at Northwestern admitted that the classes are easily a few thousand dollars more than many other grad school programs, but state it's worth it for the superior level of education the students receive.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2013

Very competetive program. Unfortunately the Department/University has a poor record on safety and support for the students. They have a ton of money from Lyrica but the program doesn't see any of it.
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