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Undergraduate Student Lifecycle


Northwestern University is committed to excellence and diversity. We aim to ensure all students can thrive during their time at Northwestern, from pre-enrollment to post-graduation, as they navigate the University and prepare for their futures beyond campus.

In an effort to better enable undergraduate students who identify solely or jointly across first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented minority (URM) identities, Provost Jonathan Holloway has sponsored a multi-phase initiative to develop a strategy and framework for a continuum of support for these students.

During winter 2019, the Undergraduate Student Lifecycle Committee was formed as part of this strategic initiative. Comprised of faculty and staff, including recent graduates, from across the University, the Committee focused on developing actionable recommendations for change in three priority areas identified by the campus community:

To see a complete list of the Undergraduate Student Lifecycle Committee members, click here.

Recommendations and Implementation

The Committee developed a number of short- and long-term actionable recommendations based on existing data and input from students and other members of the community in the spring and presented them to the Provost in summer 2019.

The Provost extended his deep appreciation for the committee’s work and resulting recommendations and has announced that the implementation efforts are among the University’s highest priorities.  He has designated a group of leaders from across the University to implement the recommendations. Implementation will be a multi-year effort; the Provost has asked the group to start its work with a focus on areas where there can be progress in 2019-2020.  Read more about the recommendations and implementation plans.