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Northwestern University, Evanston

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Northwestern University (NU) is a private research university in Evanston, Illinois. Founded in 1851 to serve the former Northwest Territory, the university is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference, and is ranked among the top universities in the United States and globally.
Northwestern is known for its focus on interdisciplinary education, extensive research output, and student traditions. The university provides instruction in over 200 formal academic concentrations, including various dual degree programs. The university is composed of eleven undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, which include the Kellogg School of Management, the Pritzker School of Law, the Feinberg School of Medicine, the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the Bienen School of Music, the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Medill School of Journalism, the School of Communication, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Education and Social Policy, and The Graduate School. As of fall 2019, the university had 21,946 enrolled students, including 8,327 undergraduates and 13,619 graduate students.
Valued at $12.2 billion, Northwestern's endowment is among the largest university endowments in the United States. Its numerous research programs bring in nearly $900 million in sponsored research each year.
Northwestern's main 240-acre (97 ha) campus lies along the shores of Lake Michigan in Evanston, 12 miles north of Downtown Chicago. The university's law, medical, and professional schools, along with its nationally ranked Northwestern Memorial Hospital, are located on a 25-acre (10 ha) campus in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. The university also maintains a campus in Doha, Qatar and locations in San Francisco, California, Washington, D.C. and Miami, Florida.
As of October 2020, Northwestern's faculty and alumni have included 1 Fields Medalist, 22 Nobel Prize laureates, 40 Pulitzer Prize winners, 6 MacArthur Fellows, 17 Rhodes Scholars, 27 Marshall Scholars, 23 National Medal of Science winners, 11 National Humanities Medal recipients, 84 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 10 living billionaires, 16 Olympic medalists, and 2 U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Northwestern alumni have founded notable companies and organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, The Blackstone Group, Kirkland & Ellis, U.S. Steel, Guggenheim Partners, Accenture, Aon Corporation, AQR Capital, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Melvin Capital.

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  • A gorgeous and safe campus with amazing beaches and water views to boot! Have some of the best students and top professors in the world.  more »
  • I have been associated with NU for many years. First as an undergraduate and now as a neighbor and taking/teaching classes at Olli (senior discussion classes). The campus is very interesting to...  more »
  • One of my favorite campuses of all time. Beautiful nature, clean buildings, open (and quiet) library, and a cool "block museum". Good place to get work done in one of their many spaces.
  • Undoubtedly the best university I have ever worked for. Amazing athletic program that supports student scholars. Plus, I was incredibly blessed to complete a number of continuing education courses in human resources which were taught by world class faculty.

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