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Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: June 14, 2019.

Contact Information

2211 Campus Drive Evanston
Evanston, IL 60208
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School Data

Annual Tuition: $68,955

Full-Time Enrollment: 478

International: 35%

Minority: 23%

Average Age: 28

Female: 42%

Male: 58%

Application Deadlines: Round 1: September 18th, 2019. Round 2: January 8th, 2020. Round 3: April 8th, 2020.

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management offers a top-notch business education setting. Kellogg’s faculty possess a wealth of knowledge in an academic and business setting. Kellogg’s curriculum provides a solid educational foundation and couples it with more than 1,000 experiential learning opportunities.

Kellogg’s program is highlighted by students gaining mastery in multiple disciplines, a truly customized curriculum, access to 37 exchange programs across 20 countries, and a top-rated career services and placement program. Kellogg boasts more than 120 student-led clubs and sending graduates to more than 500 companies worldwide.

A foundation of nine core courses in fundamental subjects such as accounting; management and organizations; marketing; finance; managerial economics; decision sciences; operations; and management and strategy is placed during the first year. During the second year, students have the opportunity to customize and choose from 18 different majors to focus on. One elective course must be completed in an international setting.

Throughout the educational experience, students can take advantage of Kellogg’s world-renowned Career Management Center. The Center offers one-on-one coaching for students, job search resources and workshops, a job board with more than 5,000 annual listings, as well as extensive alumni connections.

Ranking Analysis:

Among the top 25 business schools, the biggest news is that Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management is beginning to show improvement under Dean Sally Blount who took over the school in July of 2010. Her new leadership team has turned the business school upside down, rethinking every aspect of the MBA program and the entire institution. Kellogg edged higher in 2016 to gain a two-way tie for fourth place with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. That puts Kellogg directly behind Harvard, Stanford, and Chicago. Pretty elite company.

Over the past seven years, Kellogg has moved into that position from what had been a seventh-place finish in both the 2010 and 2011 P&Q ranking. The school’s best showing in 2016 was in The Economist ranking where it placed second, behind only Chicago Booth. In Forbes’ return-on-investment ranking, Kellogg captured third place, behind only Stanford and Harvard Business School. In the all-important U.S. News‘ ranking in 2016, Kellogg was fifth. The school did less well with the Financial Times and Bloomberg Businessweek where it ranked eighth and ninth, respectively among U.S. MBA programs.

Regardless, the school will get another bounce in the forthcoming year when it opens up a new global hub, a significant improvement in Kellogg’s long over crowded facilities. The culture of the school, however, is not likely to change. As one Class of 2012 MBA summed up the experience on a BusinessWeek survey: “Kellogg teaches you to reach deep inside yourself and do some “discovery” during the business school process. For me, that meant learning subjects that I had little experience in (Finance, Marketing). For many others it means leading teams and learning to manage processes. Kellogg teaches you how to work in a team with diverse and highly talented individuals and how to achieve great results through collaboration.”

B-School Smack Down Reports:
Kellogg vs. Chicago’s Booth School of Business
Kellogg vs. Michigan’s Ross School of Business

Student Perspectives:

My Story: From the Social Network to Kellogg

MBA Program Consideration Set:

Stretch Schools: Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, Wharton
Match Schools: ColumbiaDartmouthMIT SloanBerkeley
Safety Schools: DukeVirginia, New York University, Michigan, Yale

Watch our video: A Conversation With Legendary Kellogg Dean Don Jacobs

The 2014 and 2015 Employment Reports only include data from the 1Y, MMM and 2Y programs. This differs from previous years’ employment reports, which included data from the 1Y, MMM, 2Y, JDMBA, MDMBA, PT OCR and Sponsored populations.

Relevant Features:

Kellogg’s New MBA Gatekeeper
Kellogg To Shrink Two-Year MBA Program
Kellogg Dean Sally Blount’s ‘Brave’ New Strategy
The First 100 Days of a New Kellogg Dean
A Conversation With Legendary Kellogg Dean Don Jacobs
Booth Topples Kellogg in New Executive MBA Ranking
MBA Applications Fall at Kellogg and Booth
Consulting Hires A Record Number of MBAs From Kellogg
B-Schools That Churn Out Consultants
A Harvard MBA Gives Kellogg The McKinsey Treatment

Note: MBA Program Consideration Set: If you believe you’re a close match to this school–based on your GMAT and GPA scores,  your age and work experience, you should look at these other competitive full-time MBA programs as well. We list them by stretch, match and safety. These options are presented on the basis of brand image and ranking status as a general guideline.