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Northwestern Demographics & Diversity Report

Below Average Overall Diversity
Below Average Racial-Ethnic Diversity
Below Average Male/Female Diversity
Many schools pride themselves on their diversity, but what does that mean, really? College Factual ran the numbers to find out how diverse the average college campus really is, including race, gender, the ages of the students, and where they're from. Read the Northwestern diversity report below.

Northwestern Student Population

22,603 Total Students
8,095 Undergraduates
9,641 Graduate Students

How Many Students Attend Northwestern University?

Northwestern total enrollment is approximately 22,603 students. 8,095 are undergraduates and 9,641 are graduate students.

Northwestern Undergraduate Population

Male/Female Breakdown of Undergraduates

The full-time Northwestern undergraduate population is made up of 52% women, and 48% men.


For the gender breakdown for all students, go here.

Northwestern Racial/Ethnic Breakdown of Undergraduates

Race/Ethnicity Number
White 3,332
Asian 1,581
Hispanic 1,050
International 823
Multi-Ethnic 503
Black or African American 485
Unknown 312
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 2

See racial/ethnic breakdown for all students.

Northwestern Graduate Student Population

Male/Female Breakdown of Graduate Students

About 52% of full-time grad students are women, and 48% men.


For the gender breakdown for all students, go here.

Northwestern Racial-Ethnic Breakdown of Graduate Students

Race/Ethnicity Number
White 3,942
International 2,416
Asian 1,191
Hispanic 720
Unknown 581
Black or African American 490
Multi-Ethnic 287
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 2

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Racial/Ethnic Diversity

35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities *
High Faculty Racial/Ethnic Diversity

Northwestern Racial Demographics:

Race/Ethnicity Number
White 9,745
International 3,675
Asian 3,507
Hispanic 2,089
Unknown 1,361
Black or African American 1,282
Multi-Ethnic 907
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 8

High Racial/Ethnic Diversity Among Faculty

Northwestern University Faculty Racial/Ethnic Demographics:

Ethnicity Number of Faculty
White 6,773
Asian 1,118
Black or African American 885
Multi-Ethnic 133
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 12
Hispanic 0
International 0
Unknown 0

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Northwestern Male/Female Diversity

More Female Students
More Female Teachers
This school is more popular with women than with men.


There are approximately 11,697 female students and 10,906 male students at Northwestern.

Even Balance of Male & Female Teachers

Reporting of the gender of Northwestern is unknown or unavailable.

Faculty Gender Ratio  94.06 out of 100.
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There are more female teachers than male teachers at this school.


More about Northwestern faculty.

There are approximately 5,682 female teachers and 5,045 male teachers.

High Geographic Diversity

66.42% Out of State
9.87% Out of the Country

Northwestern ranks 96 out of 2,183 when it comes to geographic diversity.

66.42% of Northwestern students come from out of state, and 9.87% come from out of the country.

Student Location Diversity  95 out of 100.
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The undergraduate student body is split among 46 states (may include Washington D.C.). Click on the map for more detail.


Top 5 States

State Amount
Illinois 600
California 201
New York 133
Florida 65
Texas 64

International Students at Northwestern

Students from 116 countries are represented at this school, with the majority of the international students coming from China, India, and South Korea.

Learn more about international students at Northwestern.

High Student Age Diversity

High Student Age Diversity
34.95% Traditional College Age
The age diversity score this school received indicates it is doing a good job attracting students of all ages.

Student Age Diversity  83.10 out of 100.
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A traditional college student is defined as being between the ages of 18-21. At Northwestern, 34.95% of students fall into that category, compared to the national average of 60%.

Student Age Group Amount
25-29 5,456
20-21 4,031
22-24 3,878
18-19 3,661
35 and over 2,436
30-34 2,415
Under 18 0

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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