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Northwestern Student Life

Northwestern is on a 250-acre campus in a suburban setting in Evanston, Illinois, not far from Chicago. Northwestern has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Northwestern also has fraternities and sororities.

Northwestern students' favorite campus events are Dillo Day Music Festival, Dance Marathon and Wildcat Welcome.

Does Northwestern Offer Student Housing?

Northwestern offers housing for students. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing. . First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

Northwestern offers coed housing.

Northwestern Athletics

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

Is Northwestern Safe?

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. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Plan a Visit to Northwestern

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.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Illinois you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Northwestern's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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Northwestern Students

52%

Women

48%

Men

97%

Full Time

3%

Part Time

30%

In State

70%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

41%

20%

13%

10%

6%

6%

3%

0.09%

0.02%

Graduate Students

13,878

Undergraduate Students

8,194

Non-Resident / International Students

831

Northwestern Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

22,072

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

9%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$60,768

Out-of-State

$60,768

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 2
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