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Increasing Diversity

Our Commitment:

We commit to increasing diversity within our community. We will work to ensure that our underrepresented students, faculty and staff members thrive in a fair, open, accountable and supportive environment with more opportunities for personal and professional growth. We will be proactive in recruiting Black and other underrepresented students and scholars at all levels by immediately providing resources to schools and departments so they can meet this commitment. We will also utilize the ongoing collaborative work of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Equity and Office of the Provost.

Spring Quarter 2021 Update

Northwestern saw increased diversity in this year’s undergraduate admissions applicant pool. We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2025, which will be the most diverse to date, including historic representation of students who identify as Black, Hispanic or Latino/a/x, Native or Indigenous, and/or first-generation college, as well as students who will receive federal Pell Grants.

During this admissions cycle, we instituted a test-optional policy that will extend into next year; a sustained commitment to need-blind admission review; meeting full financial need with loan-free aid awards; and innovations in digital programming that broadened prospective students' connections with our campus community to pave new avenues for college access.

Fall Quarter 2020 Update

Multiple efforts across units in progress. Forthcoming updates in Winter/Spring 2021.