Vault's Rating 4.5 out of 5

Uppers

  • Located near exciting Chicago
  • High percentage of small classes and low student-teacher ratio

Downers

  • Most selective
  • Expensive

The Bottom Line

  • Northwestern University is a large, private university near Chicago, Illinois, that offers strong liberal arts and sciences programs through small classes and an attentive staff, and is also well known for its outstanding athletics.

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