The heart and soul of Northwestern
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1851, is the University's oldest, largest and most comprehensive school, with 4,300 undergraduate students, 1,340 graduate students, and over 600 faculty members. Its departments and programs encompass the arts and humanities, foreign languages, mathematics and statistics, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. The 26 academic departments offer majors in 45 fields, as well as 46 minors.
World-class liberal arts and sciences education
Starting with their Freshman Seminars, Weinberg students develop first-rate writing, thinking, and discussion skills. Faculty members are actively involved in teaching both undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of forms, from large courses to small seminars, mentorship opportunities in studios to hands-on research in laboratories. Many academic programs are interdisciplinary, bringing together experts from different departments to advance shared intellectual interests.
Vocational focus and discovery
Weinberg students are prepared to enter the workforce, due to research-oriented classes, credit-bearing internships, field-study experiences, and study abroad. Accomplished professionals from outside the University offer about 25 Professional Linkage Seminars each year, bridging the gap between academic training and real-word experience. Our students have gone on to become leaders in business, government, social services, law, science, education, medicine, media, and the performing arts.
A vibrant, diverse community
Northwestern's Evanston campus stretches for a mile along Lake Michigan and is located just 12 miles from Chicago's Loop. Northwestern's campus has beaches, tennis courts, a sailing club, a large indoor sports and aquatics center. Northwestern is a member of the Big Ten Conference, its only private university. The University Library holds more than 4.6 million volumes, as well as several renowned special collections. Campus events include sporting events, concerts, recitals, exhibits, and more.