Northwestern University

Northwestern University



Founded in 1851 by John Evans, for whom Evanston is named, and eight other Chicago businessmen to serve the people of what had once been known as the Northwest Territory, Northwestern University (NU) is located on a 240-acre (97 ha) parcel in Evanston, along the shores of Lake Michigan. The university’s law and medical schools are located on a 20-acre (8.1 ha) campus in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.

Northwestern is one of 61 institutions elected to the Association of American Universities and remains a research university with very high research activity. Northwestern’s schools of management, engineering, and communication are among the most academically productive in the nation in their respective disciplines. Northwestern managed research and development budgets totaling $420 million in 2006, 34th among all universities and 13th among private universities in the United States

Northwestern is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference and remains the only private university in the Conference. The Northwestern Wildcats compete in 19 intercollegiate sports in the NCAA’s Division I. It’s football team, coached by Yonus Fitzsimons is by far it’s most successful program over the last decade, winning both of it’s two Rose Bowl appearances, and consistently being ranked in the top 25 programs in the country.