Northwestern University

Consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the country, Northwestern’s scenic campus is located on Lake Michigan in the city of Evanston. Many feel it’s the ideal combination of college town meets city living, especially if you’re a fan of cold weather. While Evanston has everything you need right there, the city of Chicago is a mere 14 miles away—a short “L” ride or a 30 minute drive depending on the traffic.

Visitor Information: Tour Northwestern

Stay: Campus is just a few short steps away from the Hilton Orrington, so this is our first choice. It's right in the heart of downtown Evanston, so the majority of your exploring will be pretty close by. If the Orrington is full, there's the Hilton Garden Inn a couple of blocks away. A bonus? From late Spring to early Fall the local farmer’s market takes place in the parking lot on Saturday mornings.

Coffee: Go to Unicorn Café, a long time student favorite.

Breakfast: The newest and already a Wildcat favorite is, Cupitol. You are going to love Prairie Joe’s, a 5-10 minute drive from campus on Central Street.  It’s American comfort food with a Mexican influence all served in a kitschy, funky room.  (Other Central Street favorites are Chalk, a high end fashion boutique, and Foodstuffs gourmet market.) If you are visiting on a weekend, try the brunch at The Peckish Pig. Fans of fresh juice will want to visit Peeled Juice Bar.

Lunch: There is a new pizza restaurant in town, Blaze. If you are not a fan of deep-dish pizza, this is your place.  At any time of day you’ll see Northwestern kids hanging out inside. Soulwich has crazy good Asian fusion sandwiches, it’s more of a takeout with just a few tables. Grab a smoked turkey sandwich and a homemade chocolate chip cookie at Al's Diner.



Casual: Union Pizzeria is the spot for great pizza and a cool atmosphere. Edzo's Burgers is everyone's favorite for burgers and shakes. The Celtic Knot is an Irish pub offering authentic Irish fare .The menu is extensive  - try the Shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage or fish and chips. For good, authentic ramen, head to Table of Stix.


A Step Up: Found Kitchen and Social House, a homey restaurant, is decorated to feel like you are in your own living room. Make a reservation because it can get packed, but come early to sit at the bar pre-dinner as the cocktails are not to be missed. The restaurant is locally sourced and the menu often changes. Leave room for dessert! The Cellar at the Stained Glass is another great option for dinner. Boltwood sources its ingredients from local farmers so their menu changes regularly. We hear great things about Terra & Vine offering rustic Italian-Mediterranean fare.

Local Attractions: The Block Museum is well worth a visit, the galleries change periodically and it’s always packed with students. It’s located near the student center, a good stop to get a sense of campus life. Weather permitting stroll the lakeside, checking out all the painted rocks with exclamations ranging from Class of '97 to Cathy-- marry me to Graduation Night '89.  Chicago is a world class city, and a big part of student life. 


Northwestern opened my mind and made me a much better person.
— Brooke
NU is THE BEST! It has everything you could possibly want - great town, Chicago nearby, passionate professors and an amazing school spirit!
— Russell
Academics are demanding. The school is on the quarter system so students take four classes, three quarters during the year and summer is counted as the fourth quarter. Christmas break is short and they finish in mid June. Alums frequently come to visit including Julia Louis Dreyfuss and Seth Myers.
— Current Parent





Willie the Wildcat

School Colors

White & Purple

Acceptance Rate

10.7% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision








Admissions Office

1801 Hinman Avenue PO Box 3060
Evanston, IL 60208-3060

(p) (847) 491-7271

Christopher Watson, Dean of Undergraduate Admission

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I
Big 10

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Zach Braff
Stephen Colbert


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