Northwestern is on a 250-acre campus in the suburban setting of Evanston, Illinois, not far from Chicago.
There are many activities and organizations for Northwestern students to join – including band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
Interested in Greek life? Northwestern has fraternities and sororities.
The Northwestern community comes together each year for Dillo Day Music Festival, Dance Marathon and Wildcat Welcome.
This table offers information on housing at Northwestern.
|On-Campus Housing||Yes||Required for sophomore|
|Guaranteed Housing||Yes||Guaranteed for freshman|
|Co-ed Housing Available||Yes|
|Housing for Students with Disabilities||No|
|Percentage of Students Living On-Campus||––||95%|
|Spots Available in On-Campus Housing||––|
|Number of Students Living On-Campus||––|
|Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus||––||45%|
Northwestern offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.
The majority of Northwestern students live on campus. In 2022, 95% of undergrads at Northwestern lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 45% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Northwestern. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.
Northwestern offers coed housing.
At Northwestern there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.
Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.
Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.
Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.
Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Northwestern:
|Sport||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Basketball||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Golf||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Soccer||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Swimming And Diving||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Tennis||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.
Northwestern University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Northwestern campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.
Northwestern offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Northwestern, take Interstate 94 to Evanston, IL. If you need to fly, book your flight to O'Hare International airport.
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