Skip to main content

Division of Student Affairs

Building just, healthy, and meaningful student learning experiences.

Student Affairs cultivates student programs, services, and skills; disrupts barriers; and partners across Northwestern and neighboring communities to create a culture in which all students can thrive.

Welcome to Student Affairs

As students navigate their time at Northwestern University, the Division of Student Affairs is here to support and engage with students every step of the way. From the moment students are admitted to Northwestern, to the day they cross the stage during graduation, we help students learn about themselves and their purpose, engage with and build community, make long-standing connections, navigate challenges and seek out help, and prepare for the future. In short, we help students thrive. 
A student’s time at Northwestern is full of possibilities—academically and beyond. More than 30 departments across the Student Affairs engage students throughout their Northwestern experience, provide resources, and help them develop important skills both in and out of the classroom. We provide services that are essential to a positive student experience and offer expertise in health and well-being; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and student engagement and involvement. 

Click here for a welcome message from Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Vice President for Student Affairs. 


Check out our Dillo Day 2022 Photo Gallery

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.


Lunch on the Lake: Funkadesi

July 13, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive

Enjoy a free noontime concert on the Norris East Lawn on Wednesday, July 13th by Funkadesi, Chicago's award-winning Afro...

Summer Cinema: Luca

July 14, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive

Join us for a free family-friendly film screening of Disney and Pixar’s Luca.   Come by early for pre-movie family fun a...

Lunch on the Lake: DJ Jamfest - featuring Corey Bless

July 20, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive

Enjoy a free noontime concert on the Norris East Lawn on Wednesday, July 20th by DJ Jamfest - featuring Corey Bless, a w...

About Student Affairs