Northwestern University

Northwestern University
Northwestern University seal.svg
Latin: Universitas Northwestern
MottoQuaecumque sunt vera (Latin)
Ὁ Λόγος πλήρης χάριτος καὶ ἀληθείας (Greek)
Motto in English
"Whatsoever things are true" (Philippians 4:8 AV)
"The word full of grace and truth" (Gospel of John 1:14)
TypePrivate research university
EstablishedJanuary 28, 1851 (January 28, 1851)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$16.1 billion (2021)[1]
PresidentMichael H. Schill
ProvostKathleen Hagerty
Academic staff
3,781 (Fall 2018)[2]
Students21,946 (Fall 2019)[3]
Undergraduates8,327 (Fall 2019)[3]
Postgraduates13,619 (Fall 2019)[3]
Location, ,
United States
CampusSmall City[4], 240 acres (97 ha)
Other campuses
NewspaperThe Daily Northwestern
Colors  Northwestern Purple[5]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I FBSBig Ten
MascotWillie the Wildcat
Northwestern University wordmark.svg

Northwestern University is a private research university in Evanston, Illinois. Founded in 1851,[6] Northwestern is the oldest chartered university in Illinois and is ranked among the most prestigious academic institutions in the world.[7][8][9][10]

Chartered by the Illinois General Assembly in 1851, Northwestern was established to serve the former Northwest Territory. The university was initially affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, but later became non-sectarian. By 1900, the university was the third largest university in the United States.[11] In 1896, Northwestern became a founding member of the Big Ten Conference,[12] and joined the Association of American Universities as an early member in 1917.

The university is composed of eleven undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, which include the Kellogg School of Management, the Pritzker School of Law, the Feinberg School of Medicine, the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the Bienen School of Music, the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Medill School of Journalism, the School of Communication, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Education and Social Policy, and The Graduate School.[13] Northwestern's campus[14] lies along the shores of Lake Michigan in Evanston. The university's law, medical, and professional schools, along with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, are located in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood, while journalism graduate programs are located on the New Eastside. The university also maintains a campus in Education City, Qatar and academic centers in Miami, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.[15][16][17]

Northwestern has an endowment of $16.1 billion, one of the largest university endowments in the world,[18] as well as an annual budget of around $2.5 billion.[19][20] As of fall 2021, the university had 23,410 enrolled students, including 8,817 undergraduates and 14,593 graduate students.[21] Fielding eight men's and eleven women's sports teams, the Northwestern Wildcats represent the university to compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference and has remained the only private university in the conference since 1946.

Past and present Northwestern faculty and alumni have included numerous heads of state, 2 Fields Medalists, 23 Nobel Prize laureates, 43 Pulitzer Prize winners, 23 MacArthur Fellows, 28 Marshall Scholars, 94 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 16 Rhodes Scholars,[22] 10 living billionaires,[23] and 24 Olympic medalists.

  1. ^ As of August, 2021. 2021 Financial Report (PDF) (Report). Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Northwestern University Common Data Set 2019–2020, Part B" (PDF). Northwestern University.
  4. ^ "IPEDS-Northwestern University".
  5. ^ "Brand Colors: Kellogg Brand Tools".
  6. ^ "History". About: Northwestern Facts. Northwestern University. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  7. ^ "QS Top Universities 2022". QS Top Universities.
  8. ^ "THE World University Rankings 2021". Times Higher Education. July 6, 2021.
  9. ^ "US News Best Global Universities". US News.
  10. ^ "World University Rankings 2021-22". Center for World University Rankings (CWUR).
  11. ^ "Timeline 1850-1899, History, About, Northwestern University". July 10, 2007. Archived from the original on July 10, 2007. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  12. ^ "Big Ten History". Big Ten Conference Official Site. August 2014. Archived from the original on November 14, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  13. ^ "Academics". Northwestern University. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  14. ^ "Campus Highlights : Northwestern University". Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  15. ^ "About". Northwestern University in Qatar. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  16. ^ "San Francisco - Northwestern". Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  17. ^ "EMBA Miami Campus". Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  18. ^ 2021 Financial Report (PDF) (Report). Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  19. ^ "Research funding breaks through to $886 million". Northwestern Now. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  20. ^ "About Northwestern Research and the Office for Research". About: Research News. Northwestern University. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  21. ^ "Fall Quarter 2021 Enrollment Statistics" (PDF). Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  22. ^ "Winning Institutions Search | The Rhodes Scholarships". Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  23. ^ Thibault, Marie. "In Pictures: Billionaire University". Forbes. Retrieved December 11, 2021.

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