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.
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Religious Affiliation:Not applicable
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:9,883
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