9400 South Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Top Ranked (2023): View Rankings
  • Northwestern College is about preparing people well and quickly for a lifetime of opportunities. The faculty and staff at Northwestern College are committed to providing an excellent learning environment supported by outstanding student service and satisfaction. Northwestern College is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the College community.

School Highlights

Northwestern College serves 618 students (60% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 7:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 82% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 47%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 618 students
  • In-state tuition: $17,010
  • Out-state tuition: $17,010
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 7:1
  • Minority enrollment: 82%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Northwestern College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Illinois for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 86 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Northwestern College
(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Special Focus Two-Year: Health Professions
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
86 staff
239 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Northwestern College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 7:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Northwestern College diversity score of 0.68 is more than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
618 students
2,581 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
369 students
898 students
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# Part-Time Students
249 students
1,683 students
This chart display the total number of Part-time students enrollment of Northwestern College and average number of community college Part-time students enrollment of IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Northwestern College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of IL.
# Enrollment Undergraduate
589 students
40 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
369 students
944 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time undergraduate students enrollment of Northwestern College and average number of community college Full-time undergraduate  students enrollment of IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
22 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
249 students
1,844 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
19 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
132 students
% Asian
2%
5%
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% Hispanic
27%
24%
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% Black
46%
12%
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% White
18%
53%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Northwestern College and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
% Unknown races
4%
2%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in IL.
Diversity Score
0.68
0.64
This chart display the diversity score of Northwestern College and the community college average diversity score of IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
20%
30.54%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Northwestern College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of IL by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
0.48%
1.54%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$31,800
$31,800
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Northwestern College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of IL by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $17,010 is more than the state average of $7,972. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $17,010 is more than the state average of $10,688. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$17,010
$7,972
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Northwestern College and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees
$17,010
$10,688
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Northwestern College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
100%
81%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Northwestern College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$16,917
$8,029
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Northwestern College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$9,500
$4,600
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Northwestern College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
100%
89%
This chart display the percent admitted of Northwestern College and the community college average percent admitted of IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
SAT Reading
n/a
390
SAT Math
n/a
360
SAT Writing
n/a
355
ACT Composite
n/a
17
ACT English
n/a
17
ACT Math
n/a
17
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators
Profile last updated: 08/31/2022

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Northwestern College cost?

Northwestern College's tuition is approximately $17,010 for In-State students and $17,010 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of Northwestern College?

The acceptance rate of Northwestern College is 100%, which is higher than the state average of 89%.

What is Northwestern College's ranking?

Northwestern College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Illinois for: Diversity in US community colleges and Percent of students receiving financial aid.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 618 students
  • In-state tuition: $17,010
  • Out-state tuition: $17,010
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 7:1
  • Minority enrollment: 82%
  • Source: Verified school update

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Did You Know?

For Cook County, IL public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $8,645 per year for in-state students and $9,960 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,659 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 75%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Cook County, IL community colleges have a diversity score of 0.64, which is lower than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in Cook County, IL is Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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