College comparison worksheet

School Northern Illinois University  University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign  Northwestern University  University of Chicago 
Public/Private Public  Public  Private  Private 
Founded 1895  1867  1851  1892 
Religious Affiliation No affiliation  No affiliation  No affiliation  No affiliation 
Size 16,341  27,452  7,805  3,809 
Location        
City/State DeKalb, IL  Urbana, IL  Evanston, IL  Chicago, IL 
Setting Suburban  City  Suburban  Major City 
Distance from home N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Academics            
Student-to-faculty ratio 18/1  15/1  8/1  4/1 
Full-time faculty 92%  98%  93%  95% 
Classes taught by TAs 12%  30%  4%  N/A 
Classes with under 20 students 44%  29%  66%  65% 
Classes with 50+ students 11%  17%  10%  4% 
Average graduation rate 52%  78%  90%  83% 
Cost        
Private tuition and fees N/A  N/A  $23,496  $24,234 
Public in-state tuition and fees N/A  $4,746  N/A  N/A 
Public out-of-state tuition and fees N/A  $11,838  N/A  N/A 
Room/Board N/A  $5,560  $7,114  $7,970 
Financial Aid*            
Students receiving:
   Need-based grants
N/A  32%  46%  54% 
   Need-based self-help aid N/A  42%  44%  56% 
   Merit aid N/A  N/A  5%  N/A 
Students whose need was fully met N/A  49%  100%  100% 
Average financial aid package N/A  $7,600  $18,110  $20,993 
Average need-based grant N/A  $5,000  $12,936  $15,555 
Admissions        
Selectivity Selective  More selective  Most selective  Most selective 
Acceptance rate 70%  71%  33%  61% 
Number of applicants 13,317  17,961  15,301  5,520 
Average high school GPA N/A  3.59  N/A  N/A 
SAT/ACT (25/75 percentile) 20- 25  25- 30  1280-1460  1250-1460 
Student Satisfaction        
Freshman retention rate 73%9  92%  96%  93% 
Alumni giving rate 9%  23%  30%  36% 
Student Body        
Diversity** yes  yes  yes  yes 
Fraternity members 11%  21%  40%  12% 
Sorority members 7%  22%  39%  5% 
Students living off campus 65%  67%  24%  34% 
N/A indicates that the school did not provide data to U.S. News in a certain area, or that the data is not applicable
to a particular school, such as in-state or out-of-state tuition for private schools.

*All financial aid data is based on the total number of undergraduates who applied for aid.
**A school is considered diverse if the minority population is greater than the national average of 17 percent.