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Northwestern University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,000 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

49% Women
51% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Big Ten Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $401,871)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $133,351)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 27 - Yes -
Basketball 14 14 Yes Yes
Fencing - 29 Yes -
Field Hockey - 25 - Yes
Football 102 - - -
Golf 8 10 - -
Lacrosse - 29 Yes -
Soccer 25 27 Yes Yes
Softball - 19 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 23 35 Yes -
Tennis 10 10 Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - 25 - -
Volleyball - 15 Yes Yes
Wrestling 27 - - -
All Track Combined - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Squash - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 13.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 4.8%
Hispanic 5.1%
Non-resident alien 13.1%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 14.3%
Two or more races 0.8%
White/non-Hispanic 48.5%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Navy ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 33

Notable Alumni

  • Ben Burns, founder of "Ebony" and "Jet" magazines
  • Charlton Heston, actor
  • David Schwimmer, actor
  • Gordon Segal, co-founder of Crate & Barrel
  • Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees
  • Marg Helgenberger, actress
  • Mike Greenberg, ESPN host
  • Seth Meyers, comedian on SNL
  • Stephen Colbert, host of "The Colbert Report," comedian, actor
  • Saul Bellow, Pulitzer Prize- and Nobel Prize-winning writer
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Melissa from Florida
  • 3
  • There are two types of on-campus living: Residential Halls and Residential Colleges. The halls are like normal dorms and the colleges have academic themes (for example performing arts or engineering)…

  • Aug-21-2012 Read More
  • Alexander from Simsbury, CT
  • 3
  • The dorms' atmospheres vary greatly based on their size and location. I lived in Bobb, which is a larger dorm in the middle of the frat quads, and it could…

  • Aug-23-2013 Read More
  • Timothy from Illinois
  • 3
  • dorms are segregated into opposite end of campus. there are north campus dorms and south campus dorms, not all of which provide students with all the amenities that a student…

  • Feb-06-2012 Read More
  • From Miami, FL
  • 5
  • Depends on where you live. I've gotten mixed feelings from people here, but overall, there are definitely activities that the dorms offer for you to become more active on campus.…

  • Jan-22-2013 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Josh from Framingham, MA
  • May-04-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    When I visited, I was told there are 6 dining halls and the one I ate lunch in had a lot of variety. The food was good and seemed relatively inexpensive.

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  • 5
  • Karina from IL
  • Mar-19-2014 I am a current student here

    Food is amazing. International chefs come once a month and all food in made fresh!

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  • 4
  • Yakira from Dingmans Ferry, PA
  • Dec-13-2013 I am a current student here

    Food is way better than most colleges. The dinning halls vary, some are larger and have more variety while I think south campus food is better. Also if you don't feel like eating dinning hall food there are so many food places in evanston. and they deliver for those up in north campus.

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  • 5
  • MyMidwest18
  • Nov-30-2013 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Great college town, not far from Chicago there is always something new to try!

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  • 5
  • Ashley from Elizabethtown, KY
  • Aug-15-2013 I am a current student here

    The food in the dining hall is pretty good and you have 5 dining halls to choose from. There are even places on campus open at night for a late night bite. But if you get tired of dining hall food Evanston is a great place to eat, from deep dish pizza, all-you-can-eat sushi, and Mediterranean classic to grilled cheese, burgers, ice-cream (and frozen yogurt), and tacos.

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  • 5
  • Ets
  • Jul-28-2013 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Looked like there was many different options, very clean

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • David from Evanston, IL
  • Jun-30-2013 I am a current student here

    Northwestern has extremely big greek life that is quite strongly supported by University itself. Even though academic is challenging, you can definitely join frat/sorority to spend excellent college life.

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  • 0
  • Carson from Richmond, VA
  • Jun-19-2013 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The freshman Freeze is really helpful for incoming students so they can get settled before worrying about going greek.

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  • 0
  • Cathy Jo from Pearland, TX
  • May-25-2013 I am a current student here

    Very exclusive and hierarchical. However, because of this system, your brothers and sisters really do become like family.

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  • 0
  • From Miami, FL
  • Jan-22-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is huge here. If I'm not mistaken, around 30% of the student population is involved. However, it's not a divisive factor on campus at all. Students in Greek life do not separate themselves from other students, and vice versa. It's not like they control the campus either, so you won't be influenced by it if you choose to not go Greek.

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  • 0
  • Nathan from Niles, MI
  • Sep-27-2012 I am a current student here

    Almost non existent, then again I'm a gear head, so I am not sure that is a fair assessment.

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  • 0
  • Blank
  • Aug-23-2012 I am a current student here

    It's not a major part of campus life if you don't want it to be. But if you do there are a bunch of organizations you can join.

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  • 0
  • Mattie from Indiana
  • Aug-15-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life is definitely booming on campus. The fraternities and sororities are quite diverse; anyone can join the greek community and feel welcomed!

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  • 0
  • Mark from Leawood, KS
  • Apr-30-2012 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    There are plenty of the fraternities and sororities here for any type of person. The great part is that rush starts during Winter session, which takes the pressure off for the first quarter that you're new to the school. Another aspect is that everyone at Northwestern is already academically orieted, so the Greek life pertains more to non-academic aspects of college life.

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