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A Northwestern Direction is a journey

that each one of us creates and defines.

What do you call a computational expert who reprograms damaged cells?

Biologist
Engineer
Neda Bagheri
is taking a Northwestern Direction

As a synthetic biologist, Assistant Professor Neda Bagheri applies the engineering principles to biological systems.

Read her story

What do you call a student who innovates on the airwaves and at the computer?

Radio Host
Programmer
Bomani McClendon
is taking a Northwestern Direction

Between working at Medill’s Knight Lab for Innovation and running his own radio show, Bomani McClendon is using his student experience to create something new.

Read his story

What do you call an actor who turns improv into a character study?

Drama
Comedian
Stephen Colbert
took a Northwestern Direction

He went from starring on stage to lampooning the state of affairs, taking his performance to a new level.

Read his story

Only Here

Explore what makes us Northwestern.

Crossing academic disciplines.

Students working together to bring awarness to international issues

Northwestern scholars are tackling some of our world’s most complex problems. These are bold goals that can only be accomplished through collaboration across diverse fields of study. 

Some of our most exciting projects bring together disciplines for new partnerships.

Making an impact, everywhere.

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Northwestern is no ivory tower. It’s a launching pad to every corner of the globe. 

More than 32% of undergraduates supplement their academic studies with an international experience, such as field study, cultural immersion or exchange abroad. Our faculty collaborate with organizations and scholars around the world to advance research. 

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The thrill of new connections.

Student discussing his project with his professor

It’s not just our state-of-the-art facilities or generous funding that makes Northwestern one of the most exciting major research universities in the country. It’s our mindset. 

Our curiosity leads us seek out the unexpected; our ambition leads us to work past mistakes to milestones. This unique environment fosters significant research across every discipline.

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A truly welcoming community.

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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. 

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  • Diversity and Inclusion Timeline, charting the programs and initiatives on our road to building a richer community
  • Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA), a resource hub that includes African American Student Affairs (AASA), Asian/Asian American Student Affairs (A/AASA), Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs (H/LSA) and the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC)
  • Academic Programs & Centers, home to majors, minors and research opportunities related to identity, social disparities and diversity

Northwestern Now

See what’s happening right now, on campus and around the world.

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Researchers discover the secret to staying dry under water

Understanding how surfaces stay dry when submerged will impact engineering. Read about the discovery.

Watch and Learn

This is Northwestern.

Whatever direction you take, this is your starting line.

Ours is a unique environment. One that unites knowledge and ideas, ambition and imagination, hard work and joy.

Kalina Silverman, '16, provides an introduction.

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