Northwestern University

Quick Facts

Location: Evanston, Ill.

Founded: 1851

Joined Big Ten: Founding member

Colors: Purple and White

Twitter Handle: @NU_Sports

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President: Morton Schapiro

Director of Athletics: Dr. James J. Phillips, PH.D.

Senior Woman Administrator: Janna Blais

Head Coach: David Inglis

Director of Golf and Player Development: Pat Goss


A private institution founded in 1851, Northwestern University is recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of its educational programs at all levels. Innovative teaching and pioneering research take place in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary environment that combines the resources of a major research university with the level of individual attention of a small college.


Approximately 20,000 full- and part-time students are enrolled on Northwestern’s lakefront campuses in Evanston and Chicago and branch campus in Qatar. Almost 8,500 undergraduates study at the University’s largest campus in Evanston.


The University’s 2,500 full-time faculty members range from MacArthur Fellowship recipients to Tony Award winners. In their ranks are members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Council of Learned Societies, and numerous other honorary and professional societies.


Northwestern recruits students of demonstrated academic achievement from diverse social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. More than 90 percent of undergraduate applicants rank in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, and Northwestern’s National Merit Scholar enrollment rate has recently ranked among the nation’s highest. About one in eight applicants is accepted.


Northwestern’s more than 225,000 alumni include Pulitzer and Nobel Prize laureates, Academy Award winners, and leaders in education, government, science, law, technology, medicine, media, and other domains.

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