Northwestern University was founded in Evanston, Ill. (named after the university’s founder) as a private institution to serve the Northwest Territory in 1851. Northwestern began classes after the completion of its first building in 1855 with two faculty members and 10 students. U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 “Best Colleges” list ranked Northwestern 12th in the “National Universities” category, 5th in the “Best Business Schools” category, and 2nd in the “Speech-Language Pathology” category. Its Medill School of Journalism has produced 38 Pulitzer Prize laureates, and notable alumni include model Cindy Crawford, former Illinois State Representative and Senator Adlai Stevenson, writer Saul Bellow, and writer Angela Jackson.
Northwestern is composed of 12 schools â€” nine offering undergraduate programs and ten offering graduate and professional programs. Undergraduate programs include anthropology, biological sciences, computer engineering, ethics and civil life, financial economics, journalism, and statistics. Study abroad programs are available to Northwestern students in Morocco, Chile, Nicaragua, China, India, Singapore, Czech Republic, France, Jordan, Australia, and several other locations. The Northwestern University in Qatar campus was founded in 2008, offering a journalism program and a communication program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Journalism or a Bachelor of Science in Communication, respectively.
The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Northwestern University since January 1913. Northwestern has also been accredited by specific agencies, including American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since January 2006, the American Bar Association since January 1923, the American Physical Therapy Association since February 1928, the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education since January 1974, and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education since July 1942.
First-year applicants to Northwestern University must submit the Common Application and Northwestern University Supplement, a high school transcript, counselor recommendation letter, teacher recommendation letter, SAT or ACT scores, and a $65 application fee. Graduate applicant requirements vary between programs, but typically, all prospective graduate students must include a statement of purpose between one to two pages in length, single spaced, and transcripts from previous schools attended, as well as standardized graduate test scores and two letters of recommendation.
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