Northwestern University is a private research university based in Evanston, Illinois, United States, with other campuses located in Chicago and Doha, Qatar, and academic programs and facilities in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, California. Along with its selective undergraduate programs, Northwestern is known for its highly ranked Kellogg School of Management, Pritzker School of Law, Feinberg School of Medicine, Bienen School of Music, and Medill School of Journalism.
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For the 2017 academic year, 8,181 undergraduates and 9,483 graduates and professional school students enrolled full-time at the university. The exempt purpose of northwestern university is to provide educational services to its students. This includes superior undergraduate education for a diverse student body in a comprehensive range of academic and professional fields. At the graduate level, northwestern's role encompasses offerings in the major academic and professional fields, closely related to research, creative activities, and clinical services.
The research program at northwestern university is a major component of university efforts, assuring institutional leadership in scientific discovery, intellectual inquiry, and creative performance. The character of this research shapes all areas of university endeavor, especially graduate education as well as undergraduate studies.
Auxiliary enterprises serve the educational mission by primarily providing residences and food services, and other various goods and services to support university student, faculty, and staff activities.