On May 31, 1850, nine men gathered to begin planning a university that would serve the Northwest Territory of the United States of America. Given that they had little money, no land and limited higher education experience, their vision was ambitious. But through a combination of creative financing, shrewd politicking, religious inspiration and an abundance of hard work, the founders of Northwestern University were able to make that dream a reality.
Today Northwestern University (NU) is a private research university based in Evanston, Illinois, with campuses in Chicago, Illinois, San Francisco, California and Doha, Qatar. Composed of twelve schools and colleges, Northwestern offers more than 120 undergraduate and more than 140 graduate and professional degrees.
Northwestern University is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference, which policies regulate intercollegiate athletics in the USA and remains the only private university in the conference. The Northwestern’s team Wildcats compete in 19 intercollegiate sports in the country.
Among Northwestern University's more notable alumni are U.S. Senator and presidential candidate George McGovern, Nobel Prize-winning economist George J. Stigler, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and diarist Ned Rorem.
Northwestern is renowned for its law, medicine, journalism and art programs. It offers roughly 190 majors at six prominent undergraduate schools. Northwestern follows a quarter system, where students have three 10-week terms.
Students' favorite locations in Evanston and Chicago. Evanston, now considered a national landmark, is a dynamic and diverse community that is home to Northwestern University. Evanston borders Chicago on the north side, along the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan.
Chicago is the third largest U.S. city, along the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan. Northwestern University’s Chicago Campus is located between the edge of Lake Michigan and the famous "Magnificent Mile" on Michigan Avenue. Chicago is home to over 40 museums, more than 150 theaters and over 6,000 restaurants, one of the last free zoos in the world, the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Northwestern University’s U.S. campuses are located along the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. In 2008, a third campus opened in Doha, Qatar’s Education City; includes 12 schools and colleges.
Like the rest of Northwestern, our campuses are multi-dimensional and one-of-a-kind. Evanston and Chicago Campuses campuses, 12 miles apart and bordered by a Great Lake. In addition to public transit, free intercampus shuttle runs students between the Evanston and downtown Chicago campuses. On the Evanston campus, you will find beaches, shops, coffee houses, restaurants, and theaters just down the street from classrooms, labs and lecture halls.
Located in the bustling Streeterville neighborhood, Chicago campus is close to attractions such as the Magnificent Mile, the Museum of Contemporary Art and John Hancock Center.