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Full partners in the student learning experience

The mission of the Northwestern University Division of Student Affairs is to educate students, engage the community, and enrich the Northwestern experience. We pursue our mission through providing learning programs, services, and mentoring to maximize students’ potential; removing barriers to learning; strengthening readiness to learn; and sustaining a safe and healthy Northwestern community.

Welcome Wildcats!

A Message from the Vice President of Student Affairs
Welcome Wildcats!

I hope that you were able to rest and recharge over the break. As we settle into our new routines, remotely or in person, I am excited to welcome many of our first- and second-year undergraduate students to campus to join their graduate and undergraduate peers. A short time ago, you received a welcome message from President Schapiro. I want to echo the President’s appreciation for your patience and resolve, especially in light of recent events in Washington D.C. and elsewhere. While this is certainly an academic year like no other, I am energized by our return to on-campus living, and look forward to connecting virtually and in person when it is safe to do so.

As you begin this quarter, I want you to know that we at Northwestern believe in you and want you to succeed. Many resources are available to you, either remotely or in some cases in person, and we remind you of these resources often so they are top-of-mind when you need them.

For the rest of the Vice President's Welcome Letter and list of resources click this button below:


To help you navigate Northwestern’s Return to Campus, the University is presenting a series of online discussions that touch on key topics such as important health and safety policies, academics, facility changes, residence halls and dining, testing and contact tracing and other subjects. 

Upcoming Students and Families Discussions
  • Class registration and the classroom experience   |   Monday, Aug. 16, Noon-1:00 PM
  • Health, safety and the campus experience  |   Tuesday, Aug. 24, 7:00-8:00 PM

Coronavirus Update

Northwestern University is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak (commonly known as coronavirus) to best advocate for the health and safety of our campus community. The University advises that all community members take necessary precautions to protect themselves from this virus. To follow Northwestern updates, please visit our COVID-19 information page.

CAPS- Taking Care of Your Mental Health during the CoVID19 Outbreak

Announcements & Events


COVID-19 and Campus Updates

Our goal is to return as much of our community to campus as possible for Fall 2020. At the same time, we must continue to protect the health of our community and align with federal, municipal and local guidelines as well as COVID-19 best practices.


Creating Your Law School List

August 17, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Join NCA's Prelaw Adviser, Lynn Page, to learn how to research law schools, find ones that fit your academic profile and...

Norris at Night

September 17, 9:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive

It is Back this September.  Norris will Welcome the Class of 2025 with lots of free food sampling, lots of swag, activit...

Northwestern Career Advancement Fall 2021 Virtual Fair

September 29, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NCA's Virtual Career Fair for full-time opportunities.  For more information, please login to Handshake. 

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