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Computer Engineering, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Computer Engineering program of Northwestern University educates students in the basic principles and modern practices of the field of computer engineering.
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The Computer Engineering program of Northwestern University is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET, our curriculum trains students to think independently, to master the systematic approach to problem solving, and to have a keen awareness of the role engineering plays in a modern technological society.

The computer engineering major is an ideal match for students who are interested in computer hardware, integrating hardware and software, or developing software tools. The curriculum has a strong lab-based learning emphasis and culminates in a project-based design capstone course.

Career paths

Graduates of the computer engineering major have broad professional employment opportunities in many areas, including design and management; microchips and computers; application-specific hardware and software systems; and computer-aided design tools for digital, aerospace, defense, and networked systems.

Some of our graduates seek advanced degrees at top graduate programs, and many go on to work at some of the largest tech companies in the world, including Amazon, Boeing, Google, IBM, and Intel.

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:
  • Fundamentals of Computer System Software
  • Data Structures and Data Management
  • Fundamentals of Circuits
  • Advanced Logic Design
  • Computer Architecture 
  • Intro to Computer Systems

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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