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Northwestern University general information

Founded in 1851, Northwestern University is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, 12 miles north of Chicago. The main campus occupies 240 acres of land in Evanston, Illinois, with six additional locations in the U.S. and Doha, Qatar. More than 3,300 faculty members teach more than 21,000 students from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. Home to elite academics and Division I athletics, Northwestern offers more than 100 majors and minors and 19 varsity sports. 


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  • $10.46 billion


  • $700 million in annual sponsored research
  • 50 university research institutes and centers and 90 school-based research centers


  • Founding member of the Big Ten Conference
  • 19 varsity intercollegiate athletic teams
  • More than 500 student-athletes
  • 97 percent graduation rate for student-athletes

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Updated August 2018

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