Northwestern University Rankings and Review 2022


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Overall Rank:

Ranked #19 in the 2022 Ranking of the Best Colleges. Scroll down for the detailed rankings.

The Basics

Location Evanston, Illinois
Official Website Northwestern
School Colors Purple and White
Athletic Conference Big 10

RealRank Ranking Categories

Reputation Platinum
Renown Gold
Diversity Success Silver
Sports Renown Silver
Tuition Profile High Cost private university
Endowment Platinum
Alumni Engagement Silver

Key: Platinum: Elite Class; Gold: Very good; Silver: Successful, with room to improve;

Bronze: Mid to low range; NI: Needs improvement.

Academic Profile

Academic Range Medium Range
Professional Schools:
Architecture No
Business Yes
Dental No
Engineering Yes
Law Yes
Medical Off-campus in Chicago, Ill.
Nursing No
Veterinary Medicine No
Core Science Breadth Yes
Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities Breadth Yes
Agriculture No
Human Sciences / Education Yes
Public Health / Urban Policy No

Renowned Alumni

Here are some of the most famous alumni of Northwestern University. Are there any others that you strongly feel should make this list?

  • Warren Beatty – Actor and Director.
  • William Jennings Bryan – former U.S. Secretary of State.
  • Stephen Colbert – Comedian and late-night talk show host.
  • Alexander De Croo – Prime Minister of Belgium.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Actress.
  • Arthur Goldberg – Justice of United States Supreme Court.
  • Claudia López Hernández – Mayor of Bogota, Colombia.
  • Charlton Heston – Actor.
  • Meghan Markle – Actress, and wife of Prince Harry of the United Kingdom.
  • George R. R. Martin – Author of Game of Thrones.
  • Seth Meyers – Comedian and late-night talk show host.
  • Pharrell Williams – Rap/Pop Music Artist.
  • Ginni Rometty – CEO of IBM.
  • David Schwimmer – Actor.
  • John Paul Stevens – Justice of United States Supreme Court.
  • Adlai Stevenson II – Former Ambassador to United Nations and candidate for President.

Any others you would add? What has been your experience at Northwestern, if you attended there?



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