On May 31, 1850, nine men gathered to begin planning a university that would serve the Northwest Territory. Given that they had little money, no land and limited higher education experience, their vision was ambitious. But through a combination of creative financing, shrewd politicking, religious inspiration and an abundance of hard work, the founders of Northwestern University were able to make that dream a reality. Twenty-one presidents have presided over Northwestern in the years since. The University has grown to include 12 schools and colleges, with additional campuses in Chicago and Doha, Qatar. Northwestern is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community. With strong direction and administrative support, their large university runs smoothly. Northwestern is a leading research university that is home to more than 90 school-based centers and more than 50 University research centers. With an interdisciplinary culture, their research spans a spectrum of areas including neuroscience, nanotechnology, biotechnology and drug discovery. Northwestern is recognized nationally and internationally for its educational programs. Northwestern is home to a dozen colleges and schools across three campuses: a 240-acre campus in Evanston, a 25-acre campus in Chicago and a third campus in Doha, Qatar. 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 enrolments rate is among the nation’s highest. Their 3,344 full-time faculty members include Tony Award winners, Guggenheim Fellows, MacArthur Fellowship Recipients and members of numerous honorary and professional societies including the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Council of Learned Societies.
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