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On May 31, 1850, nine men gathered to begin planning a university that would serve the Northwest Territory. Given that they had little money, no land and limited higher education experience, their vision was ambitious. But in 1853, the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. After completing its first building in 1855, Northwestern University began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Twenty-one presidents have presided over Northwestern in the years since.
Northwestern University offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including research doctorates from the following colleges and schools:
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
School of Communication
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
Pritzker School of Law
Kellogg School of Management
Feinberg School of Medicine
Bienen School of Music
School of Education and Social Policy
School of Professional Studies
The Graduate School
Northwestern in Qatar
The School of Professional Studies offers online master's degrees and certificate programs covering a range of academic disciplines.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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