About Northwestern University:

Northwestern University (NU) is a private research university based in Evanston, Illinois, United States, with other campuses located in Chicago and Doha, Qatar, and academic programs and facilities in Miami, Florida, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, California. Along with its selective undergraduate programs, Northwestern is known for its highly ranked Kellogg School of Management, Pritzker School of Law, Feinberg School of Medicine, Bienen School of Music, and Medill School of Journalism. Northwestern is a large research university with a comprehensive doctoral program, attracting over $650 million in sponsored research each year. Northwestern has the ninth-largest university endowment in the United States, currently valued at $10.456 billion. The University's former and present faculty and alumni include 19 Nobel Prize laureates, 38 Pulitzer Prize winners, 6 MacArthur Genius Fellows, 16 Rhodes Scholars, 65 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and two Supreme Court Justices. In addition, Northwestern ranks 8th among U.S. universities that have produced billionaires. Northwestern's School of Communication is a leading producer of Academy Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning actors, actresses, playwrights, writers and directors. Northwestern was founded in 1851 by John Evans, for whom the city of Evanston is named, and eight other lawyers, businessmen and Methodist leaders. Its founding purpose was to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that today includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. Instruction began in 1855 and women were admitted in 1869. Today, the main campus is a 240-acre (97 ha) parcel in Evanston, along the shores of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of downtown Chicago. The university's law, medical, and professional schools are located on a 25-acre (10 ha) campus in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. In 2008, the university opened a campus in Education City, Doha, Qatar with programs in journalism and communication. In 2016, Northwestern opened its San Francisco space at 44 Montgomery St., which hosts journalism, engineering, and marketing programs.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
World University Rankings 29 30 26 27 27 27 25 26 29 27 23 24 25

ByField

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agriculture - - - - 239 - - - - 401-450 451-500 401-450
Engineering 23 18 17 17 24 25 20 23 34 32 35 44
Life Sciences 39 33 36 46 44 42 45 48 48 49 51 50
Medicine 25 21 26 28 28 27 26 26 24 28 29 28
Natural Sciences 34 35 22 19 23 27 24 31 26 25 26 27
Social Sciences 17 15 18 16 16 18 20 19 19 18 25 28

BySubject

Subject 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agricultural Sciences - 226 239 - - - - 451-500 351-400 401-450
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - 48
Chemical Engineering 95 81 121 96 81 79 93 95 109 100
Chemistry 5 2 4 4 4 8 7 9 9 10
Civil Engineering 82 199 171 159 129 129 175 192 216 199
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - - 25
Computer Science 114 177 98 94 95 90 128 160 199 222
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - - 13
Electrical Engineering 99 81 77 95 103 100 114 161 163 172
Environment / Ecology - - - 270 226 246 - - - -
Geosciences 263 300 277 265 - - - - 297 -
Immunology - - - - - - - - - 54
Materials Science 7 6 8 8 7 7 10 12 15 20
Mathematics 40 69 71 85 118 132 122 120 104 112
Mechanical Engineering 18 22 37 40 37 40 72 76 92 137
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - 89
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - 61
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - 34
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - 187 144 134 145 142 149 161 152
Physics 35 39 35 42 33 34 32 34 32 34
Plant & Animal Science - - - - - - - - - 451-500
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - - 35
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - - 37
Space Science - - - - - - - - - 86