OP E N M I N DS
Congratulations on your academic achievements, and thank you for your
interest in Northwestern University. As you think about your next stage in
life, I urge you to consider what sort of world you hope to live in and, more
immediately, what sort of university community you would like to join.
Those two questions are deeply intertwined. The world you create in college
often shapes your larger world after graduation. Northwestern is a place of
great beginnings, regardless of your chosen field. And the spirit of inclusion
and the celebration of diversity I see and encourage on our campus are truly
I am confident that we—Northwestern and society at large—are in the
process of making history. We have a ways to go before all our institutions
can be considered truly inclusive. But the students I meet here care more
about inclusion, sustainability, and social justice than did my own or
other generations. And I can’t wait to see what all of you will do with
your lives and how you will change the world.
I hope you will consider joining us at Northwestern.
President and professor
A great university is a laboratory for the
future: a model of what tomorrow will
look like. At Northwestern we believe that
diversity—of interest, of expertise, of
background, of belief—is essential to a
healthy society, on campus and beyond,
IDEALISTIC ORIGINS and a key to our future. Our students and
Northwestern was founded in 1850 by a group faculty come from every state and dozens
of Methodist businessmen who shared their
of nations to open minds, challenge
church’s abolitionist stance. The University first
preconceptions, and change the world.
admitted women in 1869, making it one of the
first US coeducational universities. No longer At Northwestern the future is an
religiously affiliated, Northwestern has fulfilled its open book: one that you will write.
founders’ goal of becoming a center of learning
open to all. Students from minority backgrounds
and international students make up almost
45 percent of the class of 2015.
Dallas Wright is from Chicago, Illinois. A journalism major, he specializes in
videography. He has worked with local hip-hop website Fake Shore Drive, and his
material has been picked up by national sites such as NahRight and 2DopeBoyz.
He has worked as a photography intern at Channel 8-YNN in Austin, Texas.
What makes Northwestern special?
I have met more passionate, driven people here than I’d ever seen in one place in
my entire life. Everyone seems to love something, and they aren’t afraid to let
people know—whether it be music, sports, science, philanthropy, or activism. What
makes Northwestern special to me is that unabashed display of passion and drive
that seemingly every student has. It’s infectious.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
The Black House, or the African American Student Affairs building. It’s really like
a second home on campus for me. There’s a lot of positive energy in that building.
Pioneering achievements in nanotechnology, sustainability,
and materials science, a thriving study abroad program,
and innovative global partnerships have established
Northwestern as an international center. The University’s
excellence in the liberal arts, engineering, social and natural
sciences, and the performing arts and communication
studies attracts students, faculty, and visitors from around LOWERING DEBT
Northwestern will award more than
the world. Everyone contributes to the lively and open spirit
$94 million in need-based scholarships
of inquiry and engagement on campus.
to undergraduate students in 2011–12,
We make sure that, no matter what their backgrounds with 44 percent of our students receiving
or interests, all students feel welcome, supported, and able such aid. Of our undergraduate population,
60 percent receive financial aid through
to achieve what they set out to do. Each undergraduate
a combination of grants, loans, and
school makes one-on-one academic advising a top priority. work-study.
From Wildcat Welcome week and tutoring programs to the In 2008 Northwestern initiated a No-
guidance offered by University Career Services, Northwestern Loan Pledge Scholarship program for
is committed to equipping you with tools for success every students. The program allows qualifying
students to graduate from Northwestern
step of the way.
with no need-based loan debt.
André Sguerra is a theater and mathematics major from Edgemont,
New York. He is a member of the student group Alianza and the Omega
Delta Phi fraternity, plays trumpet in the Northwestern University Marching
Band, and started ¡PULSO!, Northwestern’s only Hispanic/Latino a cappella
group. He has performed in and worked on Spinning Into Butter, The State(s)
of America: The Regina Taylor Project, and various other productions.
Why did you choose Northwestern?
In addition to a fantastic theater program and terrific academics, I wanted an
environment filled with great minds. Not only does Northwestern help develop
excellent people, it also surrounds you with intelligent, talented, and motivated
people who will have a huge impact on your life.
What is the best thing about being a student here?
Northwestern excels in all categories, so when students come here they not only
get an excellent education in their chosen subject, they also are exposed to a
world of opportunities academically, athletically, artistically, and professionally.
“I love Northwestern for its “What makes Northwestern “Northwestern students are
collegial, relaxed environment special is the collaborative smart, talented, well-rounded,
and its very bright students. research that defines our and self-motivated. I have a
I enjoy challenging them to culture. Faculty work together talented and positive group of
think for themselves and to do and with their students across colleagues—not to mention a
research via student-directed disciplinary boundaries to find beautiful and inspiring setting.”
learning in my courses.” the most effective solutions Henry Godinez is an
Guillermo Ameer, associate for difficult problems. It’s a associate professor of
professor of biomedical really exciting place to be and theater and artistic director of
engineering and of surgery, to think.” Northwestern’s Theatre and
was born in Panama. Susie Phillips is an associate Interpretation Center. Born in
His research focuses on professor of English. She is an Havana, Cuba, he is a resident
biomaterials and tissue award-winning teacher and artistic associate at Chicago’s
engineering. author of Transforming Talk: Goodman Theatre and director
The Problem with Gossip in of its Latino Theatre Festival.
Late Medieval England.
Help at hand GETTING INVOLVED PLANNING YOUR FUTURE CELEBRATING A WELCOMING PLACE ENSURING ACCESS
The Center for Student Involvement The University Academic Advising
OUR DIVERSITY Thanks in part to the efforts of our
Wherever you turn promotes engagement with the Center helps students develop The Office of Multicultural Student LGBT Support Center, Northwestern Services for Students with
at Northwestern, the campus and surrounding communities, meaningful educational plans that are Affairs is committed to fostering was named one of the nation’s “100 Disabilities supports a diverse
University offers with a focus on community service compatible with their life goals. The an inclusive environment that Best Campuses” for lesbian, gay, student body by removing barriers
and social justice issues. It provides center’s staff provides information about promotes identity development, bisexual, and transgender individuals to education that students with
support and counsel
support and advice to students and academic programs and resources, intercultural exchange, academic by The Advocate College Guide for disabilities often experience. The
to students—ranging their organizations by developing aids students in refining goals and excellence, and leadership. It consists LGBT Students. A branch of the office aims to foster a learning
from individual advising leadership potential in each. The objectives, and offers guidance in of three departments—African Center for Student Involvement, this environment at Northwestern that
center’s educational and social choosing a major or minor, planning American Student Affairs, Asian/ center works to provide a safe space encourages and challenges students
and mentoring by our
programming focuses on such a double major, and transferring from Asian American Student Affairs, and acts as hub for organizations, with disabilities and affords them
faculty and staff to areas as leadership, organizational one school to another. The center also and Hispanic/Latino Student resources, services, and programs full participation, equal access,
the formal offices and development, community service, assists students seeking to improve Affairs—that provide individual and of interest to the LGBT and allied and reasonable accommodation.
programs at right. social justice, and lesbian, gay, study and test-taking skills. group advising as well as social and communities at Northwestern. www.northwestern.edu/disability
bisexual, and transgender concerns. www.northwestern.edu/advising-center educational programming. www.norris.northwestern.edu/lgbtcenter.php
Join in! Academic and
Performing arts Northwestern to Benefit
Religious and spiritual
Korean Scientists and Theatre Ensemble Peer Health Exchange Campus Crusade for
For many students, Engineers Association Christ
Bhangra Dance Team Student Blood Services
the experiences Minority Business
Brown Sugar (South Asian Suitcase Party
Association (Episcopal) A VITAL CENTER
coed a cappella group)
they gain from National Association of Catholic Undergraduates/
Griffin’s Tale In many ways, the world comes
Hispanic Journalists Political groups Sheil Catholic Center
their participation (children’s theater)
National Society of Americans for an Fiedler Hillel to Northwestern. Distinguished
Jewish Theatre Ensemble
in student-run Black Engineers Informed Democracy
InterVarsity Christian visitors and newsmakers
NAYO Dance Ensemble
One Step Before Amnesty International Fellowship visit campus regularly to
groups rival their (minority premed) Purple Haze (a cappella)
Campus Greens Lutheran Campus
share their perspectives with
achievements in the Typhoon Dance Troupe
the University community.
Media, publications Northwestern Zen Society
classroom. In addition College Republicans
Barack Obama delivered the
Daily Northwestern Philanthropy and OM Hindu Cultural
Design for America
to more than 25 Flicker Film Festival
service groups Council 2006 Commencement address,
Alternative Student Tannenbaum Chabad saying: “Challenge yourself. Take
cultural groups, here Mustard Seed magazine
Northwestern Art Review Liberation in North Korea some risks; one of the great
is a small sampling China Care Tzedek Hillel
Northwestern Northwestern Students things about graduating from
Global Engagement University Christian
of the opportunities Sketch Television
Ministry (Methodist Northwestern is that you can
Studio 22 Peace Project and Presbyterian) ”
now punch your own ticket.
for involvement on (film production)
Habitat for Humanity
Race Alliance at http://northwestern
campus. WNUR (radio)
Jasmine Atwell of Boynton Beach, Florida, is a QuestBridge College Match
Scholarship recipient and a coordinator for NU Ambassadors, Northwestern’s African
American recruitment organization. A legal studies and journalism double major,
she has been involved with Minorities in Pursuit of Law, Northwestern’s chapter
of the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Muslim Cultural Student
Association. She has also interned with an Evanston alderman.
Why did you choose Northwestern?
The wealth of opportunity available on campus. None of my friends attending other
universities has the same exposure I have, thanks to the incredible internship and
networking experiences here. I have developed amazing relationships with people
who are everything I wish to become professionally. For these reasons I can see
myself achieving my dreams in a way that I probably could not anywhere else.
What distinguishes the University community?
Since I have been on campus, I have heard so many people say, “Everyone here is
going somewhere in life.” That is the reality about Northwestern students: They care
about something and are on the fast track to realizing their goals. I have been most
involved in the black community and found that there is a great deal of respect for
and openness to our issues. That is the approach our administration has taken to any
matters of diversity, and it has made all the difference, in my experience.
ALTERNATIVE Research Foundation, and Have Dreams,
STUDENT BREAKS an organization dedicated to improving
the lives of autistic children. Dance
Alternative Student Breaks has sent
Marathon is one of the largest college
teams of students to battle poverty
philanthropic events in the country.
in Cleveland, build low-cost housing
in Indiana, and help with refugee
resettlement in Kentucky, among other
projects in a variety of locations. ASB
partners with nonprofit organizations to
This preorientation program offers a
offer service-learning opportunities that
hands-on introduction to neighborhoods
give students the chance to contribute
in Chicago and Evanston. Participants
to and learn from local communities.
www.asb.northwestern.edu/index.html stay in a youth hostel and examine
the issues that face communities,
CENTER FOR CIVIC the organizations that serve them,
Open and ways Northwestern students can TEACH FOR AMERICA
effect change. Members of the Teach for America corps spend two years teaching in
Northwestern’s reputation for innovative
www.northwestern.edu/fup underserved urban and rural public schools across the nation and become
service learning was confirmed with
lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity, regardless of the
the creation of the Center for Civic
Engagement. This office develops
GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT field they ultimately choose to enter. Over the past two years more graduating
and enhances connections between
SUMMER INSTITUTE seniors from Northwestern than from any other medium-size university have
committed to Teach for America (the graph below combines 2010 and 2011 totals).
In a recent survey Northwestern freshmen said that the classroom and the community. This program prepares students to create
It helps students access the many global social change by empowering
one of their most important goals was helping others. Northwestern University 106
service programs throughout the them to learn directly from communities
Our students want to change the world, and they Duke University 104
University, including the Undergraduate experiencing poverty and injustice. The
don’t wait for their diplomas to do so. In fact, it is Leadership Program, the Civic institute has sent students to such places Harvard University 104
difficult to find a Northwestern student who is not Engagement Certificate Program, as Argentina, Bolivia, India, and Uganda to
Georgetown University 95
and student-led initiatives such as the work on collaborative community projects.
involved in a civic engagement project—whether as Yale University 87
Northwestern Public Interest Program, www.mycge.org
part of a course, through a campus organization, or the Center for Global Engagement, Brown University 87
as a volunteer. This commitment and understanding Engage Uganda, and GlobeMed (which SEEKING JUSTICE
provides supplies and promotes health The renowned Institute for Policy
of responsibility define the spirit of our community.
care in developing countries and regions Research focuses the scholarship of
In fact, no other major university makes outreach
suffering from natural disasters). Northwestern faculty on matters of
so central to life on campus—as the examples at www.engage.northwestern.edu
poverty, race, inequality, social disparities
right show. and health, and other pressing policy
DANCE MARATHON issues. Spurred by the landmark
The same survey revealed that Northwestern
This annual event features 30 hours of investigative work of journalism faculty
freshmen socialize frequently with members of other and students, the Medill Innocence
dancing by hundreds of students to raise
racial and ethnic groups and that they see improving money—more than $3.6 million in the last Project and the Center on Wrongful
their understanding of other cultures as a key goal of four years—for local and national charities. Convictions aim to reverse miscarriages
In recent years beneficiaries of the of justice.
event have included the Children’s Heart www.northwestern.edu/ipr
Ours is a community open to new ideas, new Foundation, Citizens United for Research www.medillinnocenceproject.org
experiences, and new challenges. in Epilepsy, the Pediatric AIDS Chicago
Prevention Initiative, the Juvenile Diabetes
Ask our students “What makes Northwestern special?”
and you’ll get many different answers—with some common themes:
“Few schools in the country have
nationally ranked academics and
athletics, down-to-earth people,
and a pretty campus, too. There
are so many opportunities here,
especially with Chicago so close.
Even before I finished my college
visits, I knew Northwestern was
the place I wanted to spend the
next four years of my life.”
Hannah Points is a mechanical
engineering major from
Tualatin, Oregon. She is a
member of the women’s varsity
swim team and is earning a
certificate in engineering design.
“Northwestern is unmatched in
its financial aid programs and
scholarships. I’m the first in my family
to attend college, so financing my
“I chose Northwestern because I felt very welcomed by the community. education was my main priority, and
Everyone I have met here is so enthusiastic about so many different things. Northwestern made sure that money
It’s a great environment for driven and successful young people. And I love was not an issue. Its acceptance of and
the wide selection of courses. I was surprised I could take Macroeconomics, outreach to lower-income and first-
Italian, Patternmaking, The Business of Fashion, and Archaeology at one generation students assured me there
university! Here I could learn another language, take amazing history would be many other students like
classes, and get involved with the community in addition to learning about myself.”
fashion and business.” Daniel Flores of San Antonio, Texas,
Zoë Damacela is from Chicago. As the founder of Zoë Damacela Apparel (her is a QuestBridge Scholar. He is
fifth business venture), she has appeared on ABC, CBS, BBC News, PBS, and majoring in statistics and Latina and
The Tyra Banks Show and met with President Obama. She is a history major. Latino studies.
“The University really does “I love the diversity of people, “Northwestern has that rare
care about the academic cultures, and beliefs here at balance of academics and social
interests of each student. This Northwestern. There are many life. People here study hard, but
individual attention, along with different groups and activities they also know how to have fun.
the opportunity to tailor my to participate in, as well as It makes for a unique culture,
academic goals to my interests, Big Ten sports. I truly believe where students are competitive
seems to be unique. The student Northwestern is a special but never cutthroat.”
truly does come first here.“ university.” Shelly Tan of Cherry Hill,
Jack Chen of Plano, Texas, La’Terria Taylor is an New Jersey, is majoring in
is majoring in social policy. He engineering student from journalism and in art theory and
is a peer adviser in the School Chicago. She is a guard on the practice. She is active in the
of Education and Social Policy Northwestern Wildcats women’s campus events programming
and philanthropy chair for the varsity basketball team and was group A&O Productions
Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity’s ranked 21st in the country at her and a member of the Daily
annual fundraiser. position by ESPN’s HoopGurlz. Northwestern design team.
Amanda Lapid of Palatine, Illinois, is a communication studies major. She
created spoken word poetry for The State(s) of America: The Regina Taylor Project.
What attracted you to Northwestern?
I love how well-rounded Northwestern students are. Not only are they smart,
they’re smart across the board on a huge range of topics. Moreover, almost
everyone I know is involved in clubs and other activities.
How has Northwestern shaped you?
Whatever their passion—performing, sports, or even just spending time with
friends—students forge their identities and come into their own here. That’s
expected in college, but at Northwestern you get to do it surrounded by incredible,
hardworking, talented people. Figuring out what you want to do can be hard, but
it’s so easy to explore and try new things at Northwestern. And once you do find
something, you realize opportunities are everywhere.
In 2010 Chicago was sixth
on Foreign Policy magazine’s
Global Cities Index, a ranking Life in Chicago is a study in rich and revealing contrasts: Tel Aviv
of the world’s most influential
Kosher Bakery does a thriving business just down the street from
cities based on factors such as
business activity and cultural the Delhi Muslim Kali Restaurant and other South Asian eateries on
experience. It was fourth in the Devon Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Enjoy a dinner of Joshua Hiew is a communication studies major from Singapore. He is
category of human capital (how a member of Northwestern’s top-ranked Speech Team and the Residential
Vietnamese cuisine in Little Saigon followed by an evening of jazz
well the city attracts diverse College of Cultural and Community Studies.
groups of people and talent),
at the Prohibition-era Green Mill Lounge nearby. Take in some punk
Why did you choose Northwestern?
10th for cultural experience, at the Metro, some reggae at the Wild Hare and Singing Armadillo
and 10th best city in which to I like how driven my peers are. Having said that, a lot of them are able to
Frog Sanctuary, or a meal at Mama Desta’s Red Sea Ethiopian
do business (only New York balance this competitive thirst for achievement with a friendly willingness
Restaurant after a baseball game in Wrigleyville. Explore the
scored higher among US to help their peers. You get the best of both worlds: sociable and supportive
cities). bodegas and art galleries of Pilsen and Little Village (areas that friends who work really, really hard and want to do really, really well.
inspired the New York Times to note that “the Latino spirit seems to
What has surprised you about Northwestern?
be energizing all of Chicago”). Dig into some Korean barbeque or a
It’s refreshing to see the independence and trust given to students here.
meal of hummus and kishki in Albany Park and then head over to Northwestern provides ample opportunities for student-led initiatives of all
Chicago population (2010): the Old Town School of Folk Music for a lesson or a concert. kinds and does a great job encouraging and tangibly supporting them. The
2,695,598 Chicago is diversity itself: home to Oprah, Obama, and a rich atmosphere of student activities has made my Northwestern experience
African American 33% wonderful. Whatever your interest or eccentric hobby, there’s almost certainly
patchwork of vital, culturally distinct neighborhoods; the cradle of
White 32% a group that meets your needs. And if there isn’t, the resources and support
modern architecture and improv comedy. One of the great urban
are there to set up one of your own.
Asian 5% centers of the world is just a few miles and a short train ride away
Other 1% from Northwestern’s main campus. For our students Chicago is a
classroom, a playground, and a proving ground.
What we love about Chicago: “The incredible wealth of culture. “Anywhere that has Chicago deep-dish pizza.” Lindsey Kundel (secondary education,
A great weekend for me is getting away from my desk and English literature) “The Bean. It’s so fun to take pictures there.”Hannah Points (mechanical
exploring one of the city’s many ethnic enclaves.” Bradley Akubuiro (journalism) engineering) “Greektown. I love gyros!” Anthony Iglesias (history) “Hot Chocolate
“Shopping on Michigan Avenue.” Sunitha Suresh (biomedical engineering) “The lawn restaurant: homemade cinnamon donuts with fresh raspberry
of the Adler Planetarium. From this spot you can see the amazing jam and chocolate sauce. Oh. My. Gosh.” Hannah Greene (theater) “The Museum
skyline of the city, along with Navy Pier.” Brittany Mason (learning and organizational change) of Science and Industry. Every time I go I spend like four hours
“The top of the John Hancock Building.”Cate Brinson, professor of mechanical engineering and leave only because the museum closes.” Jonathan Cook (mechanical engineering)
“The Art Institute of Chicago. Imagine O’Keeffe,
and materials science and engineering “The Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park during one of its many
Matisse, Kandinsky, and Dali all under one roof.” Shanika Gunaratna (journalism, free concerts.” Casey Fuess (choral music education, voice) “The bike path along the
international studies) “The Shedd Aquarium. It’s impossible to look at those lake. It’s special to have the energy of a city and the peace of
otters without being happy.” Tim Cycyota (communication studies, environmental policy and culture) natural beauty all in one place.” Sarah B. Thomas (human development and psychological services)
The best way to learn more about Northwestern is to visit campus. See www.ugadm
.northwestern.edu/freshman/visiting for information.
In the meantime, you can see what’s happening at Northwestern on the University’s
YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/NorthwesternU. It features hours of video
of musical performances, lectures by faculty and visiting scholars, campus news, and
more. You can also check out www.itunes.northwestern.edu, www.facebook.com
/NorthwesternU, and twitter.com/northwesternu.
Zul Kapadia is a political science major from Chicago. He has taught a
course on immigration trends and helped establish the Student Immigration Find answers to your questions about financial aid at www.ug-finaid.northwestern.edu.
Initiative, a student group focused on helping immigrants around Chicago.
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a wide array of interests. We are blessed with wonderful programs in everything
from theater to international studies to engineering. And because of the strength
of each program, I am constantly humbled by those around me.
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