Northwestern University is a private institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,353, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 231 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Northwestern's main campuses are located along Lake Michigan in Evanston and Chicago. In 2008, Northwestern opened a third branch in Doha, Qatar.
The student-faculty ratio at Northwestern University is 7:1, and the school has 77.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Northwestern University include: Economics, General; Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Journalism; and Political Science and Government, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 98 percent.