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Student Life

Northwestern's 8,000 undergraduate students come from all 50 states, more than 60 countries, and a wide range of backgrounds. The atmosphere on campus is friendly and collaborative, and a diversity of interests among our students defines a campus culture that includes future Fulbright, Rhodes, Gates, and Cambridge Scholars; Big Ten, Division 1 athletes, top-notch student theater productions, and civic engagement efforts. Maybe it is the down-to-earth Midwestern attitude, but almost without exception students at Northwestern are interesting, accomplished, and friendly. The result is the engaged, fun, and caring spirit that defines life on campus.

In this section we invite you to learn more about student life at Northwestern University. Whether you are interested in learning about our 480+ student organizations on campus, life in a residential college, or how Evanston and Chicago figure into the student experience, the links below provide a glimpse of life as a Northwestern Wildcat.

Activities and Recreation

Explore opportunities to pursue your interests outside the classroom.

Housing and Dining on Campus

From sushi to Starbucks, to themed residence hall living, learn about your home away from home.

Student Services

The programs and resources highlighted here support your busy life as a Northwestern student.

Evanston and Chicago

From a lakefront campus and college town to the third largest city in the United States, see how Evanston and Chicago shape our undergraduate experience.