Residential Services & Division of Student Affairs
It is an exciting time to be a part of the Northwestern community. We are in the midst of positive change at the University, Division and department level. New energy is welcome and innovative ideas and approaches are embraced. If you want to be part of a dynamic work environment, Northwestern is the place for you. A new strategic plan for the insitution was created in Spring 2012.
Residential Services is situated within the Division of Student Affairs. The Division created a strategic plan, vision, and mission in Fall 2012. Residential Services is a critical component of Student Affairs and is a major contributor to turning the Division’s strategic plan into reality.
Residential Services operates a diverse array of Residential Colleges, residential communities, and residence halls, along with two graduate apartment communities. Approximately 4,300 students live on campus, including 99% of our first year class. Residence Directors oversee 1 or more buildings in area groupings. Our student staff is comprised of 112 Community Assistants. CA staff teams are comprised of 7 to 18 CAs.
There are currently 11 Residential Colleges on the Northwestern Evanston campus. These themed and multi-thematic colleges range in size from about 40 residents to nearly 300. In addition to Community Assistants (paraprofessional staff), each Residential College has a Faculty Master, Associate Master, and Assistant Master and Faculty Fellows that work with them to enrich the intellectual, cultural, and social lives of their students and to help them develop lifelong habits of learning and responsibility. Each Residential College has a hall government and a representative on the Residential College Board (RCB), the governing structure for residential college.
There are currently two residential communities on the Northwestern campus. Each residential community houses over 300 residents. The Elder Residential Community is exclusively for first year students and Allison Residential Community is for all residents. The Residential Community program provides students with an enhanced residential experience by offering opportunities for personal development and growth outside of the classroom. Residential Communities give students the opportunity to interact with faculty members in a shared living environment because each community has a Faculty in Residence.
There are currently 12 other residence halls on the Northwestern campus. These range in size from 20 residents to well over 500. Each residence hall offers a unique environment and design to meet various student preferences. Each residential community and residence hall has a hall government and a representative for Residence Hall Association (RHA), the governing structure for residence halls.
- Northwestern University Strategic Plan
- Division of Student Affairs
- Division of Student Affairs Organizational Chart
- Residential Services Organizational Chart
- Residential Colleges