The next list compares two colleges briefly in important perspectives. You can compare two colleges with comprehensive information on the full comparison page.
  • Northwestern University is a private (not-for-profit) and Penn State is a public school and both are four-years schools.
  • Northwestern University has more expensive tuition & fees ($60,768) than Penn State ($35,514).
  • It is harder to admit to Northwestern University than Penn State.
  • Penn State has more students with 46,810 students while Northwestern University has 22,603 students.
  • Penn State has more full-time faculties with 2,994 faculties while Northwestern University has 2,325 full-time faculties.
The following table compares the two rival schools - Northwestern University and Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus.
Which school is more in your mind and would you like to go to?
Northwestern UniversityPenn State
Northwestern Universityvs.Penn State
Evanston, IllinoisLocationUniversity Park, Pennsylvania
four-years, private (not-for-profit)School Typefour-years, public
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practiceHighest Degree OfferedDoctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice
Research University (very high research activity)Carnegie ClassificationResearch University (very high research activity)
$60,768Tuition & Fees
59% ($46,822)% Receiving Financial Aid (Avg. amount)64% ($6,928)
$46,822Average Amount of Financial Aid$6,928
9.24 %Acceptance Rates50.31 %
55.29 %Yield (Enrollment Rates)27.85 %
1,520SAT Score-
35ACT Score-
95 %Graduation Rate71 %
-Transfer-out Rate-
97 %Retention Rate93 %
22,603Student Population46,810
2,325Number of Faculties2,994
6 to 1Student to Faculty Ratio14 to 1
ROTC, Study Abroad, Weekend/Evening College, Teacher CertificationSpecial Learning OpportunitiesDistance Learning (Online Classes), ROTC, Study Abroad, Weekend/Evening College, Teacher Certification
Academic/career counseling service, Employment services, Placement servicesOn Campus Student ServicesRemedial Service, Academic/career counseling service, Employment services, Placement services, On-campus daycare

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