Northwestern University

Differences are central to broadening our perspectives, creating thoughtful leaders and sparking new ideas. So, we are diligent about creating an environment that is inclusive and truly diverse. Our students, faculty and staff come from different backgrounds - intellectually, ethnically, economically and geographically - and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Bachelor's programmes

Computer Science & IT (5)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Journalism & Media (4)
Medicine & Health (3)
Law (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)



On May 31, 1850, nine men gathered to begin planning a university that would serve the Northwest Territory. In 1853, the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans.


With a vast array of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, Northwestern provides students at every level with hundreds of options to suit their personal academic goals.


With well over one hundred research institutes and centers associated with the university, its colleges and schools, and its medical facilities, you’re never far away from the next new discovery. Some of our most exciting coursework includes:

  • The flagship NUvention course and Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship at The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
  • Harvey Kapnick Business Institutions Program, which grants an undergraduate minor as well as courses
  • Northwestern Law's full- or part-time Master of Science in Law program
  • Courses in Kellogg's "Discover. Test. Launch" entrepreneurship track through the Levy Entrepreneurial Institute


The mission of Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) is to foster excellence in career development, preparation, and professional opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and alumni by providing comprehensive services and programming and by promoting strong partnerships with employers, academic departments, and the university community.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Housing services

All undergraduate students have the option to live in our residence halls, residential colleges, residential communities, and special-interest housing. We have 13 traditional residence halls on campus, ranging from residences with as few as 25 students to larger residences with more than 500.

Library services

As some of the busiest buildings on campus, the libraries serve over 1 million visitors annually. They come for immense and varied collections, databases and electronic journals, governmental information and more. Northwestern’s Libraries rank 12th among private universities in the United States.

ICT services

The IT Service Catalog defines and categorizes information technology services provided to the Northwestern community. The goal is to allow faculty, staff, and students to quickly identify and order services and to enhance understanding of what each service provides. A general description is provided for each service along with a link to order.

Medical services

The Health Service on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses provide general medical and women's health appointments with physicians or nurse practitioners, as well as immunizations, sports medicine, laboratory services, STD testing and more.

Student Life

Campus life

A Quintessential College Town

On the Evanston campus, you'll find beaches, shops, coffee houses, restaurants, and theaters just down the street from classrooms, labs and lecture halls. 

A Global City

Located in the bustling Streeterville neighborhood, our Chicago campus is close to attractions such as the Magnificent Mile, the Museum of Contemporary Art and John Hancock Center.

Sports facilities

Men's Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golfschedul
  • Soccers
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tenniss
  • Wrestling
  • Band And Cheer
  • Spirit Squads
  • Marching Band
Women's Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student clubs

  • .dev
  • 1838 Chicago/Shepard Hall/Allison Hall
  • 33+ Somos Latinos Unidos
  • 3D4E - 3D Printing for Everyone
  • 560 Lincoln/Kemper


Northwestern University is accredited by Higher Learning Commission.

Student Reviews

Very good
Idogho Christian rated 5 out of 5 stars

The application process is very easy to apply . other sch

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great communications and journalism department.

Major Crisis at Northwestern
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It took me a while to get a hang of studying here. It's competitive, and the culture around studying and choosing majors is very intense. After I figured out what worked for me though, it was an enjoyable time. Take advantage of your advisor and other resources but don't put too much on your plate. You don't need one thousand majors and you don't need to be in every club....

Evanston, Illinois, United States


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