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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University says, "At the heart of a Northwestern education is the belief that a solid foundation in the liberal arts is essential, regardless of one’s future plans. Students in all six under­graduate schools may take courses in science, mathematics and technology, individual and social behavior, historical studies, the humanities, and fine and performing arts. Moreover, Northwestern’s emphasis on effective communication, regardless of field of study, fosters the ability to think analytically and write and speak clearly and persuasively." [Source]

Website: http://www.northwestern.edu/

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8,642
Undergraduate
Enrollment
84%
4-Year
Graduation Rate
$54,568
Tuition & Fees
(annually)
General Education Requirements

Composition

NO

Literature

NO

Foreign Language

YES

U.S. Government/History

NO

Economics

NO

Mathematics

NO

Science

YES


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FIRE Speech Code School Rating
A yellow light institution maintains policies that could be interpreted to suppress protected speech or policies that, while clearly restricting freedom of speech, restrict relatively narrow categories of speech.

Warning: FIRE believes that free speech is not only a moral imperative, but also an essential element of a college education. However, private universities, as private associations, possess their own right to free association, which allows them to prioritize other values above the right to free speech if they wish to do so. Therefore, when a private university clearly and consistently states that it holds a certain set of values above a commitment to freedom of speech, FIRE warns prospective students and faculty members of this fact. Six schools surveyed for this report meet these criteria.
Curriculum last evaluated: 6/15/2020

2018-19 enrollment and tuition data, and four-year graduation rates for first-time, full-time freshmen who enrolled in Fall 2012, are derived from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator.