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Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MI
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Northwestern UniversityEvanston, IL
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Rankings*
Public, four-years
Research University (very high research activity)
School TypePrivate (not-for-profit), four-years
Research University (very high research activity)
Offered Degrees
1-2 Years Certificate, Bachelor's, Post-BS Certificate, Master's, Post-MS Certificate, Doctorate (Research), Doctorate (Professional Practice)Offered Degree1-2 Years Certificate, Bachelor's, Post-BS Certificate, Master's, Post-MS Certificate, Doctorate (Research), Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Tuition & Fees
cheaper$14,750 Michigan Residents
$40,562 Out-of-State
Undergraduate Tuitionexpensive$60,768
cheaper$19,714 Michigan Residents
$38,638 Out-of-State
Graduate Tuitionexpensive$56,567
Less$11,721Average Financial Aid AmountMore$46,822
Admission
Lower1,210 SAT
26 ACT
Test ScoresHigher1,520 SAT
35 ACT
Easier83.25%Acceptance RateTighter6.97%
Lower21.89%Yield
(Enrollment Rate)
Favorable62.81%
High School GPA
High School Rank
High School Record (or Transcript)
Completion of College Preparatory Program
Recommendations
Admission Test Scores
TOEFL
Application Requirements
(Required or Recommended to submit)
High School GPA
High School Rank
High School Record (or Transcript)
Completion of College Preparatory Program
Recommendations
Admission Test Scores
TOEFL
Dual Credits
Advanced placement (AP) Credits
Accepted CreditsAdvanced placement (AP) Credits
Enrollment
Larger49,695Total EnrollmentSmaller22,603
Larger38,491Undergraduate Student PopulationSmaller8,559
Smaller11,204Graduate Student PopulationLarger14,044
Larger40,974Online Student PopulationSmaller329
Completion & Outcomes
Lower82%Graduate RateHigher95%
Lower91%Retention RateHigher97%
Special Learning Opportunity
ROTC
Study Abroad
Evening/Weekend College
Special learning OpportunityROTC
Study Abroad
Evening/Weekend College
Teacher Certificate
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 17,547)Campus Housing✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 3,977)
✔ (Typical Annual Charge: $6,030)Board/Meal Plan✔ (Typical Annual Charge: $6,526)
Faculties
More Students per Faculty16 to 1Student to Faculty RatioLess Students per Faculty6 to 1
3,472Number of faculties2,665
Lower$106,315Average Faculty SalaryHigher$157,615
*Ranking data is from College Evaluator.