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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

We will be full partners in the student learning experience.

The Division of Student Affairs partners with the academic schools/colleges and other University divisions in alignment with the University's vision and mission to advance student learning and success.

Mission Statement

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.

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

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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