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Why Northwestern?

Northwestern is a premier research university. It is ranked ninth among U.S. universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2022, and its clinical affiliate Northwestern Medicine is one of the country’s premier academic medical centers. Northwestern currently has more than 40 university research institutes and centers that promote cutting-edge interdisciplinary research across all schools. In 2022, sponsored research funding at Northwestern totaled $928.3 million, including $513 million from the National Institutes of Health.

Northwestern University is strongly committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2021, Northwestern was awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Northwestern’s 3,300 full-time faculty, 21,000 graduate and undergraduate students and over 6,500 staff constitute a vibrant, diverse academic community. Northwestern enrolled the most diverse class to date in 2021, with 30 percent from underrepresented groups.

Northwestern’s primary campuses are in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois (12 miles north of Chicago) and bordered by a Great Lake. The Chicago metropolitan area is home to diverse and vibrant communities. The area offers an ideal living environment, with historic neighborhoods, world-class cultural offerings, an award-winning culinary landscape, and iconic attractions.


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