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Northwestern UniversityEvanston, IL
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Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MI
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Rankings*
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years
Research University (very high research activity)
School TypePublic, 4 or more 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
expensive$60,768Undergraduate Tuitioncheaper$14,750 Michigan Residents
$40,562 Out-of-State
expensive$56,567Graduate Tuitioncheaper$19,714 Michigan Residents
$38,638 Out-of-State
More$46,822Average Financial Aid AmountLess$11,721
Admission
Higher1,490 SAT
34 ACT
Test ScoresLower1,200 SAT
26 ACT
Tighter9%Acceptance RateEasier76%
Favorable55%Yield
(Enrollment Rate)
Lower28%
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
Advanced placement (AP) CreditsAccepted CreditsDual Credits
Advanced placement (AP) Credits
Enrollment
Smaller22,603Total EnrollmentLarger49,695
Smaller8,559Undergraduate Student PopulationLarger38,491
Larger14,044Graduate Student PopulationSmaller11,204
Smaller329Online Student PopulationLarger40,974
Completion & Outcomes
Higher95%Graduate RateLower81%
Higher97%Retention RateLower92%
Special Learning Opportunity
ROTC
Study Abroad
Evening/Weekend College
Teacher Certificate
Special learning OpportunityROTC
Study Abroad
Evening/Weekend College
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 3,977)Campus Housing✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 17,547)
✔ (Typical Annual Charge: $6,526)Board/Meal Plan✔ (Typical Annual Charge: $6,030)
Faculties
Less Students per Faculty6 to 1Student to Faculty RatioMore Students per Faculty16 to 1
2,665Number of faculties3,472
Higher$157,615Average Faculty SalaryLower$106,315
*Ranking data is from College Evaluator.