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About Us

What is Student Affairs?

Student Affairs affects every Northwestern student.

Nearly 30 departments make up the Division of Student Affairs, from housing to food services, career services to counseling, the student center to student org advising, and so much more. Student Affairs enriches the Northwestern experience outside of the classroom. This division engages students in activities and culture in both the campus and surrounding community. Student Affairs offers support to students in need and creates an environment that makes Northwestern students Wildcats for life.

Our Mission

As a Division, we are committed to educating students, engaging the community and enriching the Northwestern experience.

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Vision statement

Building just, healthy, and meaningful student learning experiences.

Mission Statement

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.

For more information about our Vision and Mission Statements and our intention behind them, visit our Vision & Mission page within our Strategic Plan.

See our Strategic Plan, which shapes all that we do in Student Affairs.

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Learn more about Student Affairs

Use this website to explore our department and its administration.

Give to Student Affairs

Your gifts directly support students on campus by providing critical resources for things like health and wellness education, leadership development programs, career counseling and internship placement, community volunteerism, Norris University Center, residence halls, and so much more.  

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