Northwestern Facts

Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.

Northwestern at a Glance

Three campuses

Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan: a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern was founded in 1851. Read more about Northwestern’s founding and history.

12 schools and colleges

Ten of Northwestern's 12 schools offer graduate and professional programs. Read more about academics and research at Northwestern.

21,000 students

Northwestern is home to more than 8,000 full-time undergraduates and 8,000 full-time graduate students. Including part-time students, the University's total enrollment is approximately 21,000. They go on to join a distinguished alumni network. Read more about our students and alumni.

3,820 full-time faculty members

Our distinguished faculty includes a Nobel Prize laureate, Tony Award Winners, MacArthur Fellowship winners and more. In addition, Northwestern has more than 6,000 full time staff. Read more about our faculty.

19 intercollegiate athletic teams

Northwestern is a charter member of the Big Ten athletic conference. Read about athletics at Northwestern.