Northwestern University

Northwestern Demographics & Diversity Report

College Factual's 2021 diversity report highlights the racial demographics, age range, gender ratios, and geographic origins of Northwestern students.

Northwestern Student Population

How Many Students Attend Northwestern University?

Northwestern total enrollment is approximately 22,448 students.

8,284 are undergraduates and 9,910 are graduate students.

Northwestern Undergraduate Population

Male/Female Breakdown of Undergraduates

The full-time Northwestern undergraduate population is made up of 51% women, and 49% men.


For the gender breakdown for all students, go here.

Northwestern Racial/Ethnic Breakdown of Undergraduates

Race/Ethnicity Number
White 3,620
Asian 1,512
Hispanic 1,025
International 837
Multi-Ethnic 527
Black or African American 472
Unknown 282
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 3

See racial/ethnic breakdown for all students.

Northwestern Graduate Student Population

Male/Female Breakdown of Graduate Students

About 50% of full-time grad students are women, and 50% men.


For the gender breakdown for all students, go here.

Northwestern Racial-Ethnic Breakdown of Graduate Students

Race/Ethnicity Number
White 3,754
International 2,891
Asian 1,122
Unknown 724
Hispanic 675
Black or African American 467
Multi-Ethnic 258
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 5

See racial/ethnic breakdown for all students.

High Ranking in Overall Diversity Nationwide

Northwestern achieved a College Factual diversity rank of #19 out of 3,514 total schools in the ranking.

Overall Diversity Ranking  19 out of 3514
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Overall Diversity Score  99.49 out of 100
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College Factual measured the diversity of four different categories: student race/ethnicity, student ages, student genders, and student locations. Colleges that had the most variety in all four categories have the highest overall diversity rankings.

How Does Northwestern Diversity Compare to National Averages?


Northwestern is considered to have excellent overall diversity when compared to the nationwide average.

Extremely Racially/Ethnically Diverse

32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities *

Northwestern is ranked 473 out of 3,790 when it comes to the racial/ethnic diversity of the students.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity Ranking  473 out of 3790
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Racial-Ethnic Diversity Score  87.54 out of 100
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Many students are seeking a school with high levels of racial/ethnic diversity. This not only creates an atmosphere where those who are typically in the minority feel more supported, but also allows more interaction between racial groups leading to the open exchange of ideas and values.

Northwestern Racial Demographics:

Race/Ethnicity Number
White 9,633
International 4,092
Asian 3,244
Hispanic 1,948
Unknown 1,431
Black or African American 1,192
Multi-Ethnic 869
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 11

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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Near Even Male/Female Ratio

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Northwestern ranks 167 out of 3,790 when it comes to gender parity on campus.

Student Gender Ratio  167 out of 3790
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Student Male/Female Diversity Score  95.62 out of 100
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This school is more popular with women than with men.


There are approximately 11,339 female students and 11,109 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.


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

High Geographic Diversity

Top 5% in 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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