Northwestern University Graduate Program Reviews

67% of users found this page helpful Was this page helpful?
97%
of students recommend
(4.15 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 280 respondents

School Highlights

Most
Affordable
Regionally
Accredited
Non
Profit
High
Grad. Rate
Has Online
Degrees
Find an Online Degree:

School Ratings

Quality of Instruction
Student Financial Services
Satisfaction With Degree
Earning Potential
Prepared for Career

School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: CACREP
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 21,823 (8,791 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 30% part-time, 70% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $52,679
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

2.67 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

Decent school, quality of education is about the same as any other comparably ranked school. Area near the school is expensive to live in.
4.75 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

Northwestern has one of the most robust alumni bases of any law school I applied to. As a student, you are surrounded by talented individuals who are also very collegial. The faculty are brilliant but also accessible. One of the nicest places to go to law school and nestled in one of the best cities in the world.
5.0 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.
2.75 out of 5.0
-
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
-
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
-
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
-
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
-
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
-
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.
4.0 out of 5.0
-
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.
67% of users found this page helpful Was this page helpful?
Disclaimer: GraduatePrograms.com makes student reviews available via this site. The views expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the views of GraduatePrograms.com. GraduatePrograms.com takes no position with respect to the information or opinions expressed in the user comments/reviews and is not responsible for their content. For additional information, refer to our Review Guidelines.

This website offers school details to prospective students as an informational resource. The appearance of a school listing on this website should not be interpreted as an endorsement by the school of this site. With the exception of the recommend rate percentage (which is the average based student-submitted ratings to our site), all of the data is sourced either from the National Center for Education Statistics or from an official representative of the school. NCES data is updated annually to reflect the most current available data, and student review information is updated in real time. For additional information, refer to our School Data Methodology.
This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.