Northwestern University Graduate Program Reviews

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

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  • 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
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4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: The program offers everything that is necessary to succeed in academia as long as you take initiative as a grad student. Cons: There isn't enough mental or academic support for students when they start to falter.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2018

Great faculty support. Frequent visits from leading scholars from around the world to teach, give talks and conference. Comparative literature program is intellectually diverse and highly flexible to accommodate variety of interests. Great location. Half an hour away from Chicago downtown. Quiet and safe neighborhood.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2015

The workload on the quarter system is difficult, but Northwestern is one of the best schools in the country for a reason, with superb faculty. The access to Chicago is a great benefit. The overall value of my BA/MA program was superb, showing me to get a post-baccalaureate degree for free during college.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2017

Although relatively new, Northwestern's Applied Physics program is a great choice for anyone with interdisciplinary research interests because students can choose to work in labs spanning +5 departments as well as take specialized courses across disciplines. The first year work load can be intense, but AP students readily study together and help each other through. The program offers every student a fellowship, relieving AP students of teaching responsibilities during the first year of coursework and qualifying exam preparation. Cons include the windy frigid winters, mediocre campus/Tech Institute food, and occasional enmity from non-AP lab members (perhaps due to the newness of interdisciplinary research in general). Apart from a few minor caveats, all in all it is a very rewarding program.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016

Kellogg remains a top MBA school in the USA with innovating areas and a leader in social and collaborative work.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

If a faculty member you want to work with is at NU no hesitation. Go there. Chicago is a great place to be and the network is great.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2018

I'm in applied physics, and this program is perfect. We could chose advisers from all departments, and this gives us the freedom to find our real interest. People in this this program go to diverse areas.
4.08 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.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2019

One of the greatest things about Northwestern's grad school program is the ability to take classes from other programs. I am in the sciences, but I have the ability to take a wide range of public health and business classes for free. The stipend is quite generous, and makes living in the city affordable. There is a lot to do in Chicago, and the UPass system allows for affordable transportation. One con of the program is that depending on the program you are in, not all of the classes are taught by the best lecturers. This is mainly due to the fact that the primary focus is research. However, the ability in the sciences to take classes from other biology programs and have them count towards your degree helps a lot with this.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2016

I feel that this is the best school to study computer science. However, one must be prepared of the workload and competition here because of this school's rating.
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