Northwestern University Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.15 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: 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

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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.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

Academic engagement and intellectual diversity are pros. The cons involve the lack of mountains and forests in surrounding neighborhood.
4.63 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications (Health)
Graduation Year: 2015

I am learnging things new things about communication and health with each class. Everything is immediately applicable to my current employment.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

The PhD Linguistics Program offers five guaranteed years of funding- soon to be six. It is a competitive program with an average of around four admitted students per year. The institution is known for great empirical work and the professors are all very respected in their sub fields. However, the cost of living is rather high in Evanston and even Chicago proper, and there have been many reports of robbery of personal property and assault throughout my years there (usually at night). Overall the program is great at preparing students for academic life; however, I feel as though the program is lacking if one wishes to go into the private industry.
5.0 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.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2019

Students here can freely choose advisors not only in Applied Physics but also other departments in the School of Engineering. Besides, financial aid is enough to support your life in Evanston. For the cons, it's very cold in winter!!!!!!!
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

I am a student in the Driskill Graduate Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Our program is on Northwestern's Chicago campus. The program is competitive and comprised of high quality students. I feel Northwestern provides an intense learning environment aimed at producing the next generation of independent investigators in the life sciences.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2019

Very god research training. Classes aren't always the most helpful but you learn a lot.
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