Northwestern University was founded in 1851 by John Evans and various lawyers, businessmen and Methodist leaders to serve the former Northwest Territory. Despite affiliations with the Methodist Episcopal Church, Northwestern leaders admitted non-sectarian students from the beginning and women within a few years of its founding.
Northwestern University's campuses are divided between Evanston (so-named for the school's founder) and Chicago. The Evanston campus, located along Lake Michigan, houses the undergraduate colleges, graduate school and Kellogg School of Management. This campus also contains the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, the Technological Institute, Dearborn Observatory and the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center. Northwestern's Chicago campus is located in the Streeterville neighborhood and is home to the medical school and university hospitals, law school, MBA program and School of Continuing Studies. The school recently opened a foreign campus in Qatar.
Students living in student housing or an off campus apartment at Northeastern should know that the school was ranked as 11th on Forbes list of national universities, 12th on U.S. News & World Report's list and 25th in the world by Times Higher Education. Student living and university living at Northwestern revolves its acclaimed fine arts programs and athletics. The Northwestern Wildcats are a member of the NCAA's Division I Big Ten Conference and compete in 19 intercollegiate sports.
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