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Transforming the residential experience

Northwestern unveils new framework

Northwestern has unveiled a framework plan for a new undergraduate residential experience that preserves the traditions many students have come to define as synonymous with their residential experience while building on community connections and helping students thrive in new, distinct and robust Neighborhoods across the Evanston campus. The University community now will have the opportunity to comment further on the proposals in the framework plan. Read more in full story.

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The proposed framework is outlined by the Undergraduate Residential Experience Committee in a comprehensive report as well as a shorter summary. The committee's work was informed by research, surveys and town halls where members of the community spoke on how Northwestern's residential experience should evolve.

Read the full report

The single residential model

The Evanston campus would be organized into new “Neighborhoods” in which students would have access to common facilities, programming and support, including a network of care and wellness assistance and Faculty-in-Residence.

Sense of home

Sense of home

Since the population of each Neighborhood could range from 700 to 1,100 students, new Houses would be created, as well — at a much smaller level, perhaps 75-to-170 students — to give students a sense of home.

Opportunity for all

Opportunity for all

Northwestern will be very intentional in breaking down barriers to diversity and managing the Neighborhood level to ensure equity of opportunity in everything from attendance at outings in Chicago to academic support.

Student ownership

Student ownership

Houses would provide more latitude for experimentation and student ownership, giving individuals the freedom to choose their own activities and pursuits in taking a Northwestern direction.

Identity and traditions

Identity and traditions

Northwestern envisions five clusters of Residential Services buildings and Greek houses, and each of these five Neighborhoods is expected to develop its own identity, symbols and traditions.

Students will see friendly, familiar faces in their daily routines. At the same time, they’ll continue meeting new people in the many spaces that will be common to all residents of a Neighborhood.”

Patricia Telles-Irvin
Vice President for Student Affairs

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Students in lounge

Attend an upcoming forum

The committee and working groups will gather feedback during four open community forums:
- Jan. 30, 6 p.m., Allison Dining Hall (west dining room)
- Feb. 12, 6 p.m., 560 Lincoln Street Residence Hall, Room 101
- Feb. 28, 11 a.m., Elder Residential Community G15
- March 8, 1 p.m., Shepard Hall Engagement Center B25

Visit Student Affairs/Residential Services to complete a form or send feedback to housing

Current Initiatives

Published: January 18, 2018. Updated: February 24, 2018.

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