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Civil Engineering Major, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Civil Engineering Major of Northwestern University is a bridge between science and society. It’s an international profession that provides solutions for challenges that exist for both natural and built environments—a profession that recognizes the reality of limited natural resources, the desire for sustainable practice, and the need for social equity in the consumption of resources.
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The Civil Engineering Major program of Northwestern University is designed to satisfy the diverse interests and professional goals of future civil engineers. Accredited by ABET, the undergraduate program allows students to develop study plans that are suited to their individual interests (including extensive options for courses outside of the McCormick School of Engineering) so that they may address the social, physical, and financial challenges of constructing and managing the nation’s infrastructure.

Students also learn how to apply and develop computer models and analytical and experimental methods to explore the response of infrastructure systems to normal and extreme stresses in advance of construction.

Career paths

Recent graduates hold jobs in a wide spectrum of areas, including infrastructure engineering consulting, construction, project management, architecture, energy, and finance. Their positions include project engineers, project managers, field engineers, and designers. Some graduates join the business sector as business analysts, technical consultants, and derivative traders. Their employers include Amazon, Boeing, Accenture, ARCADIS, Mass Electric Construction, and the National Forest Service. Many continue onto graduate studies in some of the world’s most respected, top-ranked universities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Analysis and Computer Proficiency
  • Design and Communications
  • Basic Engineering
  • Basic Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application*
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores†
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores‡ (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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