Next list compare two colleges briefly in important perspectives. You can compare two colleges with comprehensive information in full comparison page.
  • Northwestern University is a Private (not-for-profit) and Penn State is a Public school and both are 4 or more years schools.
  • Northwestern University has more expensive tuition & fees ($56,691) than Penn State ($35,514).
  • It is harder to admit to Northwestern University than Penn State.
  • Northwestern University has higher submitted SAT score (1,490) than Penn State (1,260).
  • Penn State has more students with 46,810 students while Northwestern University has 22,127 students.
  • Penn State has more full-time faculties with 2,994 faculties while Northwestern University has 2,282 full-time faculties.
Next table compares the two rival schools - Northwestern University and Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus.
Northwestern Universityvs.Penn State
Evanston, IllinoisLocationUniversity Park, Pennsylvania
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsSchool TypePublic, 4 or more years
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)
$56,691Tuition & Fees
56 (0.65%)Number Receiving Financial Aid64 (0.16%)
$41,435Average Amount of Financial Aid$6,928
9.24 %Acceptance Rates50.31 %
55.29 %Yield (Enrollment Rates)27.85 %
1,490SAT Score1,260
-ACT Score84
95 %Graduation Rate85 %
-Transfer-out Rate-
97 %Retention Rate93 %
22,127Student Population46,810
2,282Number 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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